Work got you feeling all like this and making it really hard to eat healthy?
We feel you. And we have the guide for you! No matter what kind of day you’re having, we have found the best healthy snacks for work that will not only beat a craving in a better-for-you way but will also put a smile on your face. Even if you work here:
When You Keeping Putting Out Fire … After Fire … After Fire
Workday has you wanting to dive into a bag of chips to crunch away the stress? Instead may we suggest Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps and Snacks? Delightfully crunchy and full of flavor, you can pick salty flavors like sesame, sweet flavors like cinnamon and spicy flavors like wasabi. Plus they’re full of vitamins and minerals! Seaweed not your bag, baby? Try some Laiki Red Rice Crackers that are gluten-free, vegan and made with black or red rice, giving you a cracker that is tasty (no cardboard-like taste here) but also nutritious. Take that fires!
When You Just Found Out You Didn’t Get That (Stupid) Promotion
Don’t cry shopgirl. Don’t cry. And definitely don’t hit the vending machine or that box of day-old donuts. Instead pop a Double Chocolate or Apple CinnamonFlapJacked Mighty Muffin in the microwave and give yourself a sweet treat with 20 grams of protein in just 35 seconds. Or bust out some barkTHINS Snacking Chocolate that have just the right mix of sweetness and crunch. It’ll give you just the energy you need to collect yourself — and work on that resume.
When the Weather Is Perfect and You’re Stuck Inside
So the weather is gorgeous and you’re stuck inside an office building. Boo hiss, is right. But at least you can snack like you’re outside with Go Raw Sprouted Watermelon Seeds that just evoke the good ol’ outdoors (plus, they’re nutty and filling!). Or give some Nature Valley Protein Soft Baked Granola Bites a go — with a nice dose of protein and lots of granola flavor, they’re reminiscent of snacking like you’re on a hike. Which is definitely better for your career than telling your boss to go take a hike.
When You Need a Drink and Happy Hour Is Still Hours Away
Need a healthy little boost to get you through the afternoon? Mama Chia’s new Chia & Greens drinks pack some major nutrition (like 2,500mg omega-3s, 4 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber) with craveworthy taste (the ginger and lemongrass? OMG). Plus, with all those chia seeds floating around, it’s pleasantly filling. Also, if you happen to have a chance to start happy hour a little early? I have it on good authority that these drinks mix well with your favorite alcohol.
When You Need an Effin’ Vacation But Have No PTO
Almost as good as traveling to Hawaii, an Aloha Bar in Dark Chocolate Coconut tastes like a tropical vacation — with a side of chocolate. Which is pretty much the best thing ever. (Well, except actually going to Hawaii.) It’s a healthy snack getaway for your tastebuds!
When That 11 a.m. Conference Call Looks Like It’s Gonna Run Into Your Lunch Hour
You just need a little nosh to keep your stomach from growling loudly enough for your colleagues to hear, right? A handful of PBthins Peanut Butter Crackers (from the folks behind PB2) will do the job and keep your mouth happy at the same time. They’re made with real peanut butter and have a slightly sweet, slightly salty flavor. It’s easy to go overboard on the serving, though — they’re so little and delish! — so make sure to pour out the amount you want to eat, or you could find yourself snacking your way right down to the bottom of the box by the time you’re able to hang up the phone! Or, if you’re more into bars than crackers, check out the Freedom Foods Chewy Muesli Bars (you can find where to buy ’em locally here). The oats, seeds and dried fruits will totally tide you over without leaving you too full to enjoy a late lunch.
When Your Boss Says You Can Head Home Early and You Want a Sweet Celebration
Sometimes life calls for a cookie, and Sprouts Farmers Market Old Fashioned Pumpkin Snaps (available at Sprouts Farmers Market, if you have one near you) are my current pick. They have a great pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger-y flavor, are sweet enough without being too full of sugar (7 grams of sugar in five cookies, and to be honest, I’m usually satisfied with just a couple), and are crunchy enough to properly live up to the “snap” moniker. I can’t think of many better ways to celebrate a short workday!
What healthy snacks for work help you get through the day? —Jenn & Kristen