You aren’t supposed to snack at your desk. Grazing while you work is generally considered unhealthy. But all of us do it, especially now that many of us are working from home.
Rather than waste too much time and energy stressing yourself out over the fact that you’re eating when you shouldn’t be, we recommend instead keeping yourself stocked up with one of these healthy snacks. Not only will they keep well out of the fridge, but they’re also a relatively guilt-free way to satisfy any mid-day peckishness.
Available in most stores, roasted chickpeas or snap peas come in a ton of flavors and varieties. Although they may not necessarily be the healthiest thing you can indulge in at your desk, they do tend to be highly essential vitamins and fiber. Plus, depending on what you get, you can enjoy the experience of eating potato chips without any of the guilt that comes with it.
It’s quick and easy, it tastes good, and it keeps forever. Jerky can provide you with a quick hit of protein right when you need it most, making it a great snack to keep in your desk, or at least nearby. Note, however, that you should pay very close attention to the ingredients of the jerky you purchase.
Some brands tend to come packed with preservatives and sugars that quickly edges them from “healthy snack” to “unnecessary indulgence.”
Homemade Trail Mix
Take several types of dried fruit, a few nuts of your choice, some sesame or sunflower seeds, and a treat like yogurt-covered raisins. Toss it all in a bag, shake, and divide it into portions. You’ve now got your own homemade trail mix, free to snack on whenever you need a quick pick-me-up.
Seaweed is great on more than just sushi. Dehydrated seaweed snacks are available at a bunch of different grocery stores, and although high in salt, they offer an extremely low-calorie way to sate your hunger. Do note that they can get a little flaky and messy, however, so you might want to be careful about eating them over your keyboard.
It might not be quite as sweet as other brands of chocolate, but dark chocolate can really grow on you. Treat yourself to a sea salt and dark chocolate bar from your local organic food store, and you might see why so many people find it so satisfying. It’ll allow you to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding too much to your waistline in the process.
The ideal office snacks all have a few traits in common. They’re non-perishable, they’re relatively healthy, they’re easy to make and store, and they’re easy to consume. Next time you’re feeling peckish at work, why not try one of our suggestions?