Healthy snacks to take to work

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As organised as I am, one area that I still struggle with from time to time is remembering to prepare decent snacks to take to work. Failure to have something healthy and tasty on hand opens up the possibility of a 3pm raid of the corner shop for a chocolate bar! Having some healthy snacks on hand is a good idea for several reasons, not just avoiding the junk food:

  • A healthy well balanced snack will support your energy levels helping to avoid energy dips and that dreaded 3 / 4pm slump
  • Having a snack is a good way of incorporating more nutrient rich fruit and vegetables into your diet
  • By eating something before you reach the ‘ravenous’ stage of hunger, you are likely to make better food choices and not over eat at your next meal.
  • You will be more productive – something that more employers should be aware of for their staff! If you have had a well balanced snack, you are more likely to have better energy levels and focus, and therefore perform tasks better.

When you are organised it can be easy to prepare nutritious snacks to take to work with you. Some of my favourite options are:

  • yoghurt with fruit and granola
  • hummus and veggie sticks
  • boiled eggs
  • crackers with nut butter
  • home made dried fruit and nut bars

However, if you are going through a stressful period or are just generally busy, that is the danger time when you might not have the time to prepare something. For that reason I think it’s a good idea to stock up the office with a range of snack foods that will last well. Some good examples are:

  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Healthy snack bars
  • Popcorn
  • Fresh fruit 

You can get deliveries of fresh fruit for your office from Fruitdrop which I think is a wonderful idea! Any thoughtful employers out there looking to support their staff to be happy and healthy could think about using this service. Then no matter how busy you are, you have the option for a healthy snack of fruit. Keep some almonds or cashews in your office drawer as well and you’ll have a well balanced snack with carbohydrates from the fresh fruit and some protein and fat from the nuts. Click here for all the details of the different Fruitdrop boxes. 

One last tip, make sure that when you are having your snack you are taking a break from your desk, if only for 5 minutes! Wolfing down your fruit in front of the computer screen won’t do you much good, so take that opportunity to have a little break. Same goes for your lunch as well of course!

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Do you have a favourite snack for having at work? I love pink lady apples! Do you have a favourite fruit for snacks? Check back later for a great snack ball recipe too!

*post in partnership with Fruitdrop, all content and opinions are my own

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10 Comments

  1. Kerry

    Great tips! I always end up grabbing a cereal bar, but try to get low sugar ones.

    Reply
    • Laura

      Thanks Kerry! I haven’t had a cereal bar in ages, I think I need to make some home made ones :-)

      Reply
  2. Jeannette

    Some stores in the US have a food delivery service called Pea Pod and my office uses them to bring us fresh fruit every week! It’s nice to know I’ll always be able to find a healthy option when I’m looking for a snack at work.

    Reply
    • Laura

      Love the name pea pod! It’s great that you have a good employer like that :-)

      Reply
  3. Lauren (@PoweredbyPB)

    I just had a pink lady- such a good snack! I like fruit/nuts, hummus and veggie sticks, avocados and snack bars homemade or bought for snacks.

    Reply
    • Laura

      Pink ladies are the best!

      Reply
  4. Maria @ runningcupcake

    Apples are my favourite too :) So crunchy and filling.
    I have been trying to take time to have an afternoon snack after the kids go home- I have been making some herbal tea and having either some fruit, or a cereal bar, and it has given me the energy to power through the rest of the afternoon :)

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    • Laura

      I think making that time is such a good idea, I’ve been starting to do it in the morning before the gym when I would usually not bother and it’s worked wonders for my energy levels :-)

      Reply
  5. Hannah

    Ive got a bag of mixed seeds and nuts I leave on my desk as well as raisins to help munch on throughout the day!

    Reply
  6. Amanda

    Good tips! I like to bring bananas and apples at the beginning of the week to sit on top of my desk all week, so a healthy option is always in sight. Then I also have Kind fruit & nut bars, a couple Luna bars, nuts and raisins in my desk drawer. I never have to go raid the vending machines–win!

    Reply

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