As most people spend a large amount of their day at work, it’s important that you’re eating the right food to give you energy but also something that you will enjoy.
So we asked a range of foodie experts for inspiration on healthy snacks and recipes great to enjoy at work!
1. Healthy Cookie Dough Bites
Liz, Health Coach and Blogger for I Heart Vegetables, suggests making some tasty Healthy Cookie Dough Bites.
We think these sound amazing and a great idea if you want to bring a treat to work on a Friday but want to pick a healthy choice!
- 1 cup of whole grain oats (or gluten free oats)
- 1 tbsp honey (or agave if you’re vegan)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- ¼ cup crunchy peanut butter
- ½ tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (optional)
Click here to view the full recipe on I Heart Vegetables.
2. Homemade Granola Bars
Christine, the Community Coordinator for Nuts.com, suggests making some delicious Granola Bars!
These looks so yummy and are ideal for making on a Sunday afternoon to take to work on a Monday and Tuesday to make you feel a little healthier and satisfied.
- 1/3 cup dried mulberries, chopped
- 1/3 cup dried strawberries, chopped
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, chopped
- 1/2 cup organic peanut butter
- 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
Click here to view the full recipe on Nuts.com.
3. Trail Mix
Kate Martino, Physician Assistant in Lifestyle Medicine, recommends Trial Mix.
She says,’There are endless combinations for trail mix, the trick is to add a variety of flavors and textures. Simply toss roasted nuts together with dried fruit, flaked coconut, plantain chips or chocolate chips.’
Kate also advised having some hummus and veg at work prepared in a box to enjoy as you work. Yum!
4. Lettuce wrap
Instead of using bread or tortilla wraps, lettuce can make a tasty and healthy alternative!
Karen Brennan, Nutritionist, suggests pre-slicing some lettuce, turkey, chicken, tomato and cucumber, pop them all in a small Tupperware box and then you have a very quick and healthy snack ideal for work!
5. Peanut butter with veg
Dr. Matt Tanneberg, sports Chiropractor and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), suggests taking some peanut butter with veg to satisfy those hunger pains!
He says, ‘Peanut Butter itself is a great snack because it has protein and healthy fats in it. Adding vegetables for an extra crunch and nutrients makes this a well rounded, healthy snack. Add raisins or craisins for extra flavor, it will increase the sugar and carbohydrate balance but is still relatively healthy compared to other options available.’
6. Cashew Date Balls
Rebecca Freese, physician with a healthcare practice focusing on prevention and wellness through a strategy of nutrition and lifestyle, suggests making simple and tasty Cashew Date Balls.
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup pitted dates
- pinch of salt
Blend all ingredients in a blender and then roll into balls.
Place on parchment paper and store in the fridge.
The great thing about this idea it that it’s so quick and only uses three ingredients!
7. Pumpkin Chocolate Granola
Sarah Adler, Founder of Simply Real Health and Author of the Simply Real Health Cookbook, provided us with a really healthy and very yummy recipe for making Pumpkin Chocolate Granola!
2 cups large coconut flakes
2 cups almonds, chopped
1 cup pumpkin seeds, shelled
¼ cup organic maple syrup
2 tablespoons extra-virgin unrefined coconut oil
1 ½ tablespoons chia seeds
3 teaspoons cocoa powder
½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 375°.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt coconut oil and maple syrup, cocoa powder,
cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt.
In a large bowl, mix coconut flakes, almonds and pumpkin seeds, and then pour melted coconut-maple mixture over
Toss well, and spread evenly on the baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes or until crisp, stirring the mixture halfway through.
8. Pineapple Refresh
Elena Hight, Team Toyota Athlete and an American Olympic snowboarder who recently spent the weekend at #HotelTacoma, shared her favorite smoothie recipe to enjoy at work!
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- 1⁄2 banana
- 1⁄2 cup coconut water
- Juice of 1 lime
- 3-4 sprigs mint
- 3-4 sprigs basil
- 2 tsp. agave
Preparation: One night before, chop pineapple and banana and freeze. Add all the ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
Note: If you don’t freeze the fruit in advance, just add ice cubes to fresh fruit in the blender for similar consistency
Recipe courtesy of Elena Hight. Hight is a Team Toyota Athlete, and an American Olympic snowboarder.
Do you have any snack ideas? If you do then let us know in the comments below!