Hunger Games: 13 Healthy Snack Ideas to Keep You Happy at Work


Hunger Games: 13 Healthy Snack Ideas to Keep You Happy at Work


If mid-day hunger pains have you rummaging through desk drawers, raiding co-workers’ candy stashes, and visiting the vending machine, try out these great work-friendly snack options.

•Whole-wheat crispbreads (3 or more grams of fiber/serving)
•3-ounce pouches of water-packed tuna or salmon
•Can of sardines, packed in water or olive oil
•Natural peanut or other nut butter
•Single-serving packets of trail mix
•“Single-serving” fresh fruits: apples, oranges, pears, bananas, kiwis
•Dried fruit, such as apricots, raisins and cherries
•1-ounce bags of peanuts, almonds or pistachios
•Small (8-ounce) cans of low-sodium mixed vegetable juice
•Single-serving boxes of whole-grain cereals with no added sugars
•Mini rice cakes
•Single serving pouches of low-fat mayonnaise
•Individually-wrapped bite-size dark chocolate

If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try pairing two or more of the items on the list for a heartier version of the healthy snacks.

Mini rice cakes + natural peanut butter + banana
Mini Rice-Cake Stack: Sandwich natural peanut butter and a slice of banana between two mini apple-cinnamon rice cakes. Makes 1 serving. Per serving: 297 calories; 13 g fat (2 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrate; 8 g protein; 4 g fiber; 91 mg sodium; 293 mg potassium.

Can of sardines + whole-wheat crispbreads
Sardines on Crackers: Top a whole-grain Scandinavian-style cracker (Wasa, Ry Krisp, Ryvita, Kavli) with 2 to 3 canned sardines, preferably packed in olive oil. Finish with a squeeze of lemon. Per cracker: 64 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 20 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrate; 4 g protein; 1 g fiber; 94 mg sodium; 102 mg potassium.

Pistachios + dried cherries
Pistachios & Cherries: Combine equal parts dried cherries or cranberries with shelled pistachios. Per 1 ounce: 106 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrate; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 293 mg potassium.

These healthy snack ideas came from Eating Well.