Packable Snacks That Keep You GoingPosted: October 17, 2013
A grumbling and growling stomach can be pretty embarrassing in a quiet office full of people. We’ve all been there. Often, lunchtime and dinnertime are 6 or 7 hours apart, so it’s only human to get hungry between meals. While a trip to the vending machine may seem like the easiest solution, a bag of Doritos or a Hershey’s bar will not tide you over until dinner and will likely prompt more complaints from your stomach an hour later. Instead, bring snacks high in protein and low in sugar to keep you feeling fuller longer and give you lasting energy during that 3pm slump.
Add these snacks to your grocery list and stash them in your desk so you’re always ready when hunger strikes:
Kashi granola bars
Kashi makes a variety of bars and other on-the-go snacks that are all-natural and provide plenty of protein and fiber with very little sugar. Keep a box of Kashi’s chocolate almond and sea salt granola bars nearby for a substantial pick-me-up that feels indulgent (but it’s only 140 calories!)
As long as you can limit yourself to only one or two tablespoons due to the high fat content, peanut butter is a great source of protein. Bring apples, bananas, or wholegrain pretzels to dip and you’ve got yourself a hearty afternoon snack. If you’re feeling adventurous, try soy nut butter, a peanut butter alternative with more protein and less fat.
Fill a tupperware container with trail mix and keep it at your desk for a super quick protein fix. The protein in nuts is slow burning, meaning they keep you fuller longer, so an ample variety of nuts is the key ingredient. The beauty of trail mix is your ability to personalize it. Add dried cranberries, raisins, dark chocolate bits, granola, or any other healthy ingredient that appeals to you.
Fat free Greek yogurt is incredible. For very few calories, it gives you a creamy treat with somewhere between 10 and 16 grams of protein. Try Stoneyfield’s delicious vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt, which provides 15 grams of protein, but only 110 calories and 12 grams of sugar.
If none of these snacks interest to you, other healthy options are easy to find. The magic combination to look for is high protein and fiber content with low amounts of sugar. With protein-packed snacks at hand, you no longer need to worry about an angry stomach between meals.