I’ve always believed that our bodies were meant to eat more than three times a day. I’ve been a proud snacker since forever and I truly enjoy the benefits snacking brings to my day; keeping me focused, energized, and satisfied.
My overall key to snacking is keeping it healthy and simple, especially on days I’m working behind a desk. Healthy and simple deskside snacks not only help me curb afternoon sugar cravings, they also help lift my spirits (no hangry monster hiding behind this desk!). Here are a few key healthy deskside snack essentials I live by when preparing my snack(s) for the day or week:
My Snack Essentials
- high in fiber
- a good source of fat
- if sweetened, naturally sweetened only (no refined sugars)
- a good source of clean protein
- high nutritional value
- dairy and gluten free
Combined, these snack essentials satisfy my brain and belly!
Having experimented with a variety of deskside snacks over the past decade, I’ve become a bit of a snack-pro in the Knights residence. It’s become so natural for me to snack-prep and ask myself, “what would make for a good afternoon snack?” I may even go as far as to say that I feel a tad uneasy when I’ve run out of snack ingredients and options… yeup, I’m totally snack obsessed! 😀
So what’s a girl to do with all this snack love and all these deskside snack ideas? Share them with you! Today’s blog shares a list of some of my all-time favourite healthy deskside snacks, perfect for those “I dunno what to eat” and “gimme food” snack moments.
Before I dive into this tasty deskside snack list, here’s a quick look at what’s so great about these snacks (aside from their awesome health benefits)…
What’s great about these deskside snacks?
- They can be made by you!
- Use simple, wholesome ingredients with only the occasional packaged item (i.e. tortilla chips).
- Awesome for “snack-prep” (if you’re lunch can be prepped your snack can too!)
- A number of these snacks are great for storing at room temperature (hello transit riders and purse snack stashers).
Here we go!
8 Healthy Deskside Snack Ideas
1. Apple slices dipped in roasted almond butter or sunflower butter
Why I love this snack: It’s quick to make, loaded with fiber, good fats, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also easy to pack and keeps well at room temperature. I enjoy eating the apple slices with the skin on, and for this purpose I prefer buying organic (reduces pesticide exposure). If you have a high speed blender you can try making your own nut butter, or here’s a sample nut butter pack you may enjoy.
2. Sweet potato crackers with sliced vegan cheese (or any preferred cheese)
Why I love this snack: If you enjoy sweet potatoes and have yet to try sweet potato crackers you’re in for a treat! Note, some cracker brands add loads of sugar, sodium, and wheat to their crackers – read those labels before purchasing! I particularly enjoy RW Garcia Organic sweet potato crackers. For the sliced vegan cheese, I enjoy Earth Island Mozzarella Slices.
3. Unsweetened coconut yogurt with berries (granola optional)
Why I love this snack: Since eliminating dairy five-ish years ago, I’ve tried various vegan yogurts but fell in love with the taste and texture of coconut yogurt the most. I find a 1/3 cup of unsweetened coconut yogurt topped with assorted berries always helps me curb afternoon sugar cravings. High in probiotics, fiber, and antioxidants, coconut yogurt is also a great gut health supporter. If you enjoy topping with granola, look for a brand that’s low in sugar and uses whole ingredients, or try making your own – here’s a tasty granola recipe I enjoy from Joyous Health!
4. Raw veggies with hummus (carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, celery, etc.).
Why I love this snack: When I crave something crunchy and refreshing, this is the snack I always reach for! I find it super satisfying and quick to pack. I keep it fun by switching up veggie and hummus flavour combinations. Lately I’ve been loving sliced cucumber and Sunflower Kitchen’s Original Organic Hummus or Jerusalem Hummus, yummm!
5. Chocolate energy/protein balls.
Why I love this snack: I can’t pinpoint when these became a “thing” and recipes started popping up all over the internet, but am I ever glad they did! I absolutely love a good quality energy ball now and again. With so many flavour options, it’s easy to make energy balls that please your palette. While they’re super adaptable in flavour, they’re also portable and long lasting, making them great for batch-making and freezing. Add 3 or 4 from frozen to a small glass container and you’re good to go! New to energy ball making? Check out The Healthy Maven’s list of Best Energy Ball Recipes on the Internet to get you started.
6. Baked tortilla chips with homemade guacamole.
Why I love this snack: I love love love a bowl of baked tortilla chips dipped in homemade guacamole! This is one of the least fancy yet tastiest snacks ever! There are so many health benefits to adding homemade guac to your day; good fats, protein, vitamins, and more! Sounds might get a little crunchy at the desk area for 5 minutes or so but it’s totally worth it. TIP: when making guac, store it in a small glass container with the avocado pit/seed and plenty of lime or lemon juice to keep it from browning as quickly. There are so many baked tortilla chip brands to choose from, here’s one of my favourites.
7. Protein chia pudding.
Why I love this snack: This snack takes less than 5 minutes to make and is very adaptable. The base recipe of chia pudding is simple (just remember “2”); 2 cups milk of choice, 2 scoops preferred protein powder, and 2 tsp maple syrup (if you want to add some sweetness), and ½ cup chia seeds. Combine all in bowl, separate into 3 or 4 small jars and let rest in the fridge overnight. I enjoy using coconut milk and flavoured vegan protein powder (i.e. chocolate, mocha, vanilla). Sometimes I get creative and add a small sliced banana or diced apple in as well. With a simple snack like this, the flavour combos are endless. I really enjoy visiting Choosing Chia’s blog for chia pudding inspiration.
8. Puffed quinoa bars.
Why I love this snack: Puffed quinoa is naturally gluten free and a good source of protein, fiber, and iron. Making puffed quinoa bars are easy and only require a few quick steps; in a large glass bowl add 1/2 cup of your favourite nut or seed butter, 1 tbsp of coconut oil, 3 tbsp honey or rice syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Warm ingredients in the microwave or via double boiler technique until just melted. Remove from heat, fold in 2 cups of quinoa puffs, 1/2 cup of crushed nuts or seeds, and dried fruit or chocolate chips (optional). Press mixture into a parchment paper lined 8×8 pan and place in the fridge to set (1-2 hours) – that’s it! This is one of my favourite puffed quinoa brands.
I hope you were inspired by my favourite healthy deskside snack list. Keeping snacks healthy and tasty can be simple. “Keep it wholesome and the rest will follow,” is my new motto. 🙂
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