You may have a couple of brown bag lunch ideas that are all set and ready to go, but have you considered what you’ll do when you get the munchies in between meals? Snacking at work is hard to avoid. You either end up reaching for a candy bar at the vending machine, or you’ll mindlessly snack away on something greasy and unhealthy while you’re seated at your desk.
To make sure that you keep up your habit of eating healthy, it’s a good idea to include some healthy snacks along with your brown bag lunch. Experts say that it’s okay to snack for up to three times a day, but only in between meals, and for a limit of under 200 calories per serving. Just be sure that you don’t exceed your daily calorie intake. Here are some ideas for healthy snacks:
This is a great go-to snack that you can keep on your desk. For when you feel the need to reach out and munch on something, this trail mix will do the trick. Just combine the following: ¼ ounce of unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, ¼ ounce of dried cranberries, half an ounce of almond nuts, 1 tablespoon of pitted and chopped dried dates, and for a little kick, you can add 1 ½ teaspoons of unsweetened or sugar-free chocolate chips. Just mix all the ingredients in a bowl, and you have a healthy 102-calorie snack. You can munch on this guilt-free, because you’ll be providing your body with a good dose of fiber, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates.
Almost all fruits are great to pack into your brown bag. This is one of the most recommended options for healthy snacking, as it is all-natural and chockfull of vitamins. Munch on an apple, pear, banana or a citrus fruit in between meals. You can even dig into berries, cherry tomatoes or grapes while you’re behind your desk.
If you want to take your fruit snacking to the next level, why not mix it all up for a scrumptious fruit salad? Here’s a refreshing and citrusy recipe you can try. In a bowl, simply mix together some fresh berries, seedless grapes, peach or apricot slices, apple slices and banana slices. Pour a cup of fresh orange juice over it, and refrigerate. Just bring a cup of this fruit salad to work the next day, and you can enjoy this 105-calorie snack.
If you want to power up with some calcium, mixing berries and fruits in fat-free yogurt makes for a tasty and healthy snack. You can jazz up some plain sugar-free yogurt with your favorite fruit, and even choose how chunky you want your snack to be.
Anything with Peanut Butter
As long as you use regular, non-chunky peanut butter, then you’re in the clear with this tasty treat. Some people even love this so much that they lick it off a spoon as an afternoon snack. Try spreading some peanut butter on a banana or apple for some tasty, fruity munchies. Or, you can dip vegetable sticks or whole grain crackers in a jar of peanut butter for a tasty treat.