At around 3 o’clock, hunger strikes. You’ll catch yourself wandering from your desk for another cup of coffee and searching your pantry for any lingering snacks. It helps to be prepared for this inevitability and to have healthy, homemade snacks by your side. Here are some ideas to get you started:
For the Sweet Craving:
Oatmeal Dough Bites
The Minimalist Kitchen’s Pantry Oatmeal Dough Bites are the ideal snack to fuel the rest of the day. Packed with protein from almond butter and slightly sweet from honey, chocolate chips and raisins; one or two of these helps to refocus and finish the work day. The OXO Marketing team always has a stash in the freezer for when the clock strikes 3.
For a variation on the Pantry Dough Bites, these Energy Bites also do the trick. A base of oats and nut butter make the bites both sturdy and hearty. Use a cookie scoop for even portions and to keep your hands clean while you make them.
Apple + Peanut Butter
It can’t get much easier than throwing an apple in your bag before heading to work. We like to also throw in a container of peanut butter(Opens in a new window) for an extra protein boost.
For the Salty Hankering:
Homemade Cheese Crackers
We like making our own “healthier” version of cheese crackers when a salt craving hits. These Whole Wheat Cheese Crackers have only a handful of ingredients and bake up quickly. Bring them to work in an airtight container so they stay fresh.
A homemade hummus(Opens in a new window) is easy to whip up the night before work with the One Stop Chop Manual Food Processor(Opens in a new window). Packed with protein, and filling with cut up carrots, celery and peppers for dipping -- it’ll leave you feeling energized for the rest of the day.
Not into hummus and want even less fuss? Toss a can of chickpeas with olive oil, salt and any other spices you have on hand (chili, curry, paprika and cumin work well). Roast on a sheet pan(Opens in a new window) at 400° degrees for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through. Once cooled, store them in an airtight container(Opens in a new window) for easy transport to work. You can mindlessly eat the whole batch while working.
Want more healthy snack ideas? Check out these homemade veggie chip recipes, plus kid-friendly snacks for your next road trip.