The Ultimate List of Essential Healthy Office Snacks

It’s easy to fall into bad eating habits when you’re surrounded by junk food. Unfortunately, offices tend to be filled with snacks that can throw you out. From donuts to soda to pizza, when you’re hungry in the middle of the work day, you’re going to grab whatever’s the most convenient.

That’s why it’s crucial to keep smart snacks on hand. We’ve put together a list of our favorite healthy office snacks to help stave off your hunger without putting a major dent in your nutrition.

HEALTHY OFFICE SNACK ESSENTIALS:

HEALTHY SNACK PACKS

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OUR RECOMMENDATION: Youtopia Snacks

MIXED NUTS

We all know how healthy nuts are for us. They’re full of healthy fats and proteins, and while they may be pretty calorie dense, a small serving can help you stay full for hours. Walnuts even pack in some crucial Omega 3s. Just be sure to check out the sodium content and stay away from mixes that include too many sweets.

APPLES

Keeping fruits around the office can be difficult. Prepping them can get messy, and softer fruits just don’t last. Apples are a great solution. They’re hardy, don’t take any prep, and the fiber is great for keeping you satisfied all day. Plus, the pectin is a prebiotic, which is great for your digestive system.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: The Fruit Guys

RICE CAKES

Rice cakes are a low calorie snack, and if you’re avoiding avoiding gluten, these are a great alternative to bread or crackers. While they are still relatively high glycemic, you can pair them with nut butter for a perfectly healthy office snack.

HUMMUS AND VEGGIES

Broccoli, carrots, peppers-- whatever vegetable you can think of, it probably goes great with hummus. Hummus has protein and fiber, and this is the perfect way to sneak an extra serving of greens into your diet.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Lilly's Hummus Singles

OATMEAL

If you need something that can really hold you over til dinner time, it might be time to rev up the microwave. Oats are a nutritional powerhouse, packing in protein, fiber, and some complex carbohydrates. Just make sure you stay away from overly sweet varieties. Flavor your own oatmeal so you can control the sugar.

POPCORN

Popcorn with sea salt is a low calorie snack that’s perfect for the office. It doesn’t take much prep, and it’s easy to toss an unpopped bag in your purse or backpack. Avoid the brands that drown it in butter, as this is just going to add empty calories.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Lesser Evil Popcorn

GREEK YOGURT

Greek yogurt is another heartier snack that’s easy to eat at work. It’s also great for your gut because it’s full of prebiotics. We recommend Greek yogurt because it tends to be a little more substantial than other varieties, which means it will keep you full for longer.

PROTEIN SHAKE

If you’re like most people working 9 to 5 in an office, your breakfasts and lunches are probably a little too high in carbohydrates. Protein shakes are a great way to snack in between meals while bringing your macro count into balance. A lot of protein shake brands throw fillers and sweeteners, so make sure you read the label before you buy.

ROASTED CHICKPEAS

Got some time to plan ahead? Crack open a can of chickpeas the night before and roast them in the oven. Get creative with the seasonings so you don’t overdo it with the salt. You can eat these plain or add them to a salad for extra protein. And if you don't have the time or just want a ready-to-go option, there are plenty of brands offering seasoned roasted chickpeas!

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Biena Chickpeas

CELERY AND PEANUT BUTTER

For many of us, celery and peanut butter was a way for our parents to trick us into eating a vegetable. But your mom was smart, and you should listen to her. Celery is full of vitamins that are great for your skin, and peanut butter, or the nut butter of your choice, throws in some fat and protein to keep you full.

DATES

If you read the nutrition of dates, they probably wouldn’t strike you as a particularly healthy snack. They’re a little high in sugar, but they’re actually a pretty low GI food, which means your body will process the sugar slower. They also have B vitamins which are important for focus and brain function.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Joolies Organic Medjool Dates

KALE CHIPS

This is another healthy office snack that requires a little planning, but if you’re someone that goes for the bag of Lays every day, this is the perfect switch. You get the salt, you get the crunch, and you even get the oils, but you can control how much is thrown in. Plus, kale is a cruciferous vegetable which can help lower inflammation, among numerous other benefits.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Rhythm Kale Chips

HEALTHY OFFICE SNACKS ARE EASIER THAN YOU THINK!

The key to eating better at work is to keep healthy office snacks within reach, and that’s exactly what Youtopia Snacks are for. We take care of the portions and macro counts so you can concentrate on what’s important. Whether you reach for a rice cake and almond butter or one of our Espresso Obsessos, we’re here to help you snack better.