For those of us who work at a desk everyday, we know that office meetings and project deadlines are great for productivity, but can be killer on your stomach. In fact, hungry is never a good feeling to have when you are trying to get stuff done. So for that next conference call that runs into lunch, think ahead and pack up some healthy snacks you can munch on, guilt-free. Not only will your stomach thank you, but your co-workers will too!
Nuts or Nut Butter
Protein, vitamins and the healthy fats found in nuts can give you quick, easily-digestible energy when you need it the most. Nuts make the perfect addition to your desk drawer snack pile because most of them can last for months non-refrigerated (almonds being the most stable). Stay away from nut butters with too many preservatives and sugar, and instead opt for the nut butters you can grind yourself at the local health food store. And if you share your space with other people, this is a quick reminder to ask your fellow co-workers if they have a nut-allergy.
Learn how to make your own nut butter here.
Fresh or Dried Fruit
Sure, this seems like a given, but fruit is invaluable when it comes to health benefits and ease! Oranges already come quartered and packaged, a quick peel and you’ll feel instantly refreshed. Dried fruit can offer the same health perks but with less worry about spoilage. Keep in mind that dehydrated fruits have had most of their water content removed, so you’ll want to drink lots of fresh water or just choose their water-rich counterparts instead.
Learn how to dry fruit in your oven at home here.
Fresh or Dried Veggies
Carrot sticks have always made their way to lunch boxes and for a good reason- they are healthy and quick to eat! Consider pairing raw bell peppers or celery sticks with some handmade hummus for a filling bite. Raid your local health food store for kale chips or seaweed snacks that can provide you with the satisfying crunch of fried foods, without all that fat.
Here’s how to make all the dried vegetables you’d like!
If you have to work through lunch, reach for a bag of granola to give you long-term energy. Packed with micronutrients, a sprouted seed and grain, granola can fill you up while getting your fiber and nutrients for the day. Add granola to your favorite type of milk for a cereal replacement or snack on it dry. Save money and buy in bulk!
Unless you want to make your own granola at home, which you can see how to do here.
Containing more stimulants than coffee, a serving-size portion of dark chocolate (>70% cocoa) will pep you up instantly. Plus, dark chocolate has been touted as a brain stimulant with other positive health properties. Quality over quantity here, so go for a small organic bar and pair it with a banana for an quick pick-me-up meal.
Here’s a great Dark Chocolate and Orange Macaroons recipe for you!