12 Healthy Snacks For Your 15 Minute Break

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healthy snacks during work breakOh, that sweet 15 minute break. While it seems to be over as soon as it comes, you’ve got it down to a science: your project is timed out to the minute, your meetings are built around it, and your snack it queued with perfect precision. The only problem is, when you come back after that scarfed snack, you feel a little too lethargic.

Sound familiar? Too many of us get bogged down by a bad snack at work, and it can completely derail what otherwise may have been the most productive afternoon of the year. But not all food is made the same: the reality is, our small decisions with food have big implications for the way we function at work.

Here are 12 healthy snack alternatives for those delicious 15 minutes that are both healthy and actually filling. Play around with different combinations, and see just how different your afternoons can be!

Apples and Peanut Butter

 


Like Currier and Ives, Sonny and Cher, or Jay-Z and Queen Bey, apples and peanut butter were just meant to happen. Whether you’re on team smooth or team chunky, it’s hard to go wrong when it’s a combo like this.

For an even healthier alternative, try tahini butter. For a more sinful one, try cookie butter. We won’t tell.

Try these recipes:

Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip

Apple Cookies

Peanut Butter Hummus

Dried Fruit

photo via alazygirl.com

photo via alazygirl.com

From apricots to banana chips, dried fruit is a game changer. It can be crunchy, juicy, soft, chewy, and all around the perfect way to start off that tough afternoon. It’s a great way to sneak in your daily fruit intake, and it’s also absolutely delicious.

Try these recipes:

Homemade Banana Chips

How to Make Dried Fruit

Dried Pineapple

Almonds

If they can find a way to make milk out of it, it must be pretty good for you—and pretty hearty. Almonds are great thing to have sitting right out at your desk. They taste great, are easy to snack on, and won’t weigh you down. A small handful will be plenty to leave you feeling charged and ready to go.

Try these recipes:

Roasted Cinnamon Almonds

Rosemary Roasted Almonds

Homemade Almond Butter

Trail Mix

photo via skinnymom.com

photo via skinnymom.com

Mix it up and add a few other nuts in with those almonds. Better yet, sneak in some pretzels, raisins (or craisins!), and maybe even a chocolate chip or two.

Try these recipes:

Skinny Blueberry and Almond Trail Mix

Trail Mix Energy Bites

Spicy Honey Mustard Trail Mix

Rice Cakes

photo via thekitchn.com

photo via thekitchn.com

Remember that Tahini butter we mentioned earlier? This is the perfect excuse to try it out. Rice cakes are light, crispy and filling. They’re great for spreads, and sometimes are just great by themselves—especially if you pick up the apple cinnamon flavor!

Try these recipes:

Raw Avocado Lime Mousse on Rice Cakes

Coconut Apple Jelly Rice Cakes

Honey Avocado Almond Rice Cake

Low-Fat Popcorn

photo via ifoodreal.com

photo via ifoodreal.com

Don’t look so surprised! Without the mountains of butter and salt, popcorn can be a fantastic, healthy snack to get you through a tough day on the job. You can always find low-fat and even organic popcorn at the grocery store—and if you need a little something to sweeten it up, try kettle corn instead.

If nothing else, the smell will get everyone in the office right to your desk—and it might be the best leveraging tool you have all week.

Try these recipes:

Healthy Caramel Popcorn

Cheesy Chili Popcorn

Pumpkin Popcorn

Dry Cereal

This isn’t an excuse to bring breakfast candy to the office. There are amazing, healthy, energizing cereals just waiting to go milk-less. It’s hassle-free, simple to pack, and sure to kick your blood sugar into gear.

Try a healthy brand like Kashi or Bear Naked, and see just how delicious dry cereal can be—even when it’s not loaded with sugar!

Brands to try:

Lydia’s Organics Grainless Apple Cereal

Ambrosial Granola Venetian Vineyard

Nature’s Path Organic Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon

Fruit Bowl

If you’d eat it on your tropical vacation, why wouldn’t you want to try it at the office? Whether it’s from a food cart near the office, or one that you pack in the morning, a fresh fruit bowl is a treat that few can resist. And it’s not one that needs resisting!

Fresh fruit provides a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, and always has a nice sweet kick to it. Pick your favorite combo that reminds you of a place calmer and warmer than the cubicle.

Low-Cal Protein Bars

Not all protein bars are made equal. Some are loaded with carbs and calories, but others can really do the trick when you’re feeling stretched thin. Try a Clif Bar on for size next time you’re at the grocery store and see what you think!

Whatever bar you choose to go with, try to find something that’s rich in protein, but maybe not so rich in some of the other “heavy” ingredients.

Try these recipes:

100 Calorie No Bake Whey Protein Bar

All Natural Protein Bar

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

String Cheese

String cheese is the snack for any age. You had it when you were a kid, and now it’s just as good when you’re working 9-5. It’s hassle-free, comes prepackaged, and you already know it’s pretty darn delicious.

Try these Recipes:

String Cheese Mozzarella Sticks

Homemade String Cheese

String Cheese Pencils

Wasabi Peas

Just like it sounds: poppable, pea-sized balls of dried wasabi that go down easy.  If you can take some heat, they’re a great way to blow of steam and get some of your energy back. Just don’t grab too big a handful at once!

Try these recipes:

Asian Cheese Ball

Sweet & Spicy Wasabi Trail Mix

Homemade Wasabi Peas

Veggies and Hummus

We can be honest: hummus has taken all of our hearts by storm. If you’re not on board, you better get on quick. Whatever flavor you like, you can be sure that your neighborhood grocer has got a snack-sized pack available for you. Grab some carrot or celery sticks, put them in a plastic bag, and look forward to that snack like never before.

Try these recipes:

Roasted Carrot Hummus

Veggie and Hummus Sandwich

Mediterranean Cucumber Roll Ups

Whatever your choice for a break-time snack is, just remember that it will directly affect the kind of afternoon you’re going to have. Snack smart, and watch your productivity flow like never before.  

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