We’ve all been there. It’s after lunch, but you still have a few hours to go until you clock out and head home from work, but you’re dragging…hard. So, you make your way to the vending machine and end up with a sweet or salty treat that only makes you feel better for a short period of time before you crash and burn. This is because most vending machine treats are often loaded with sugars and other simple carbs that only provide short bursts of energy. Thankfully, there is a way to fight back against mid-day fatigue and maintain your shapely figure at the same time. The key is to keep a stash of healthy snacks on hand that provide the complex carbohydrates and protein you need for lasting energy without a ton of extra calories. Read on to learn about the 12 Must-Have Work Day Snacks you should keep on hand.
12 Must Have Work Day Snacks
Vegetables and Hummus
Hummus is made from chickpeas, which are excellent sources of complex carbohydrates and protein. Dip fresh vegetables, like carrots or bell peppers, in your hummus for an even greater nutritional boost. Our Zucchini Hummus is to die for!
Celery and Peanut Butter
This childhood favorite has everything you need to fight the mid-day doldrums at work. Peanut butter is loaded with protein to help you stay feeling strong. Spread a few teaspoons over (almost) zero calorie, celery, for a quick pick-me-up.
Apples and String Cheese
The next time you’re feeling sluggish, go for some apple slices and low-fat mozzarella cheese. They’re both great sources of complex carbohydrates.
Not only is oatmeal rich in energy producing complex carbs, it’s also high in fiber and low in fat. Try our Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal. Learn more about the health benefits of oats here.
Hard-boiled eggs are protein powerhouses in a convenient, easy to carry package. Learn more about how eggs can help provide lasting energy and impressive nutritional qualities here.
Dried fruit is not only loaded with essential nutrients, it also is a fabulous source of slow-releasing energy.
Whole-Grain Toast and Peanut Butter
Talk about nutrition! The whole grains found in whole-grain toast and the protein found in peanut butter make for a delicious nutrient-rich snack that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized until mealtime.
When you’re running out of steam, a handful of seeds just might do the trick. Seeds are rich in energy producing complex carbs to keep you going all day long. Learn why chia seeds are a superfood here.
Cottage Cheese and Mixed Berries
Foods that are rich in nutrients, low in fat, and high in complex carbs, like cottage cheese and berries help to keep your body running effectively throughout the day. Learn more about the health benefits of berries here.
Greek Yogurt and Fruit
Greek yogurt is one of the best source of lasting energy. Choose low-fat varieties and mix in your own fruit to up the nutrition factor. Read more about what Greek yogurt can do for you here.
With all that protein and those complex carbs, almonds are the ideal snack to beat that afternoon slump. Be sure to only grab a handful, though. Find out what else nuts can do for you here.
Turkey is rich in lean protein to provide the muscles with lasting energy. Roll a few turkey slices in some leafy greens for a tasty finger food that is sure to keep you going strong.
For more delicious and nutritious snack ideas, check out our SkinnyMs. Snack Round-Up.