As a kid, snack time was always something to look forward to—usually because it meant fruit snacks, granola bars, or salty chips. Snacks equaled fun.
If that’s the remained a constant through adulthood, it’s time to make some adjustments to your diet. Noshing on snacks that have little to no nutritional value when you’re trying to maintain a lean physique won’t do you any favors.
When you’re at work, you should have a snack to help keep energy levels high and prevent you from overindulging at your next meal. The right snack can also help you power through your workout, concentrate during meetings, and keep your blood sugar levels stable.
Here are the best snacks to pack for work. Some are shelf stable and will be fine stashed in your desk. Others should be refrigerated for maximum freshness.
Plan to have one snack mid-morning, at least an hour or two before lunch, then another mid-afternoon when energy lags and you’re more likely to need a boost …
Justin’s Squeezable Almond Butter
You’ve been hiding under a rock if you haven’t heard of Justin’s yet. And while you‘ve probably been tempted to buy their chocolate peanut butter cups, their almond butter squeeze packs are a smarter snack to stash in your desk drawer instead. Their new flavor, Cinnamon Almond Butter, pairs perfectly with apples, bananas, or whole-grain crackers for a balanced snack. Each squeeze pack has 6 grams of protein to help you feel satisfied ’til dinner. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about silverware. Available nationwide at grocery retailers like Target and Whole Foods …
Wholly Guacamole Snack Cups
Take a five-minute snack break and pretend you’re at a party instead of work when you tuck into Wholly Guacamole Snack Cups. This guac-and-chips combo allows you to feel like you’re having an indulgent snack (you kind of are), but you’re also getting a solid source of heart-healthy fats. We like that these 100-calorie cups are made with high-quality ingredients and don’t have preservatives or artificial flavors. They’re available in classic (mild), homestyle (medium), or spicy (hot). If you have trouble sticking to recommended serving sizes—about two tablespoons—these little pods are a great way to enjoy a snack without overdoing it. If you’re feeling particularly virtuous, you could skip the chips and dunk veggies instead.