Avoid the 3 O’clock Slump with These Healthy Snack Ideas
At around 3 o’clock, it feels like hunger strikes the whole office. You’ll catch people wandering from their desks for another cup of coffee and searching for any lingering snacks. It helps to be prepared for this inevitability and to have healthy, homemade snacks by your side. Here are some ideas to get you started:
For the Sweet Craving
The Minimalist Kitchen’s Pantry Oatmeal Dough Bites are the ideal snack to fuel the rest of the day. Packed with protein from almond butter and slightly sweet from honey, chocolate chips and raisins; one or two of these helps to refocus and finish the work day. The OXO Marketing team always has a stash in the freezer for when the clock strikes 3.
For a variation on the Pantry Dough Bites, these Energy Bites also do the trick. A base of oats and nut butter make the bites both sturdy and hearty—and using a cookie scoop en they’re evenly portioned and you can keep your hands clean while you make them.
It can’t get much easier than throwing an apple in your bag before heading to work. We like to also throw in a container of peanut butter for an extra protein boost.
For the Salty Hankering
We like making our own “healthier” version of cheese crackers when a salt craving hits. These Whole Wheat Cheese Crackers have only a handful of ingredients and bake up quickly. Bring them to work in an airtight container so they stay fresh.
Have access to a microwave at work? Stash a Microwave Popcorn Popper at your desk and a container of kernels for popping. The Popper requires no oil and can easily be jazzed up with any flavorings you like.
A homemade hummus is easy to whip up the night before work with the One Stop Chop Manual Food Processor. Packed with protein, and filling with cut up carrots, celery and peppers for dipping — it’ll leave you feeling energized for the rest of the day.
Not into hummus and want even less fuss? Toss a can of chickpeas with olive oil, salt and any other spices you have on hand (chili, curry, paprika and cumin work well). Roast on a sheet pan at 400° degrees for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through. Once cooled, store them in an airtight container for easy transport to work. You can mindlessly eat the whole batch while working.
What are your favorite snacks to bring to work?