Thursday, October 24, 2013

5 Nutritious Snacks for Office Energy

If only our jobs were more like Kindergarten. The naps, recess, and snacks would keep us all more motivated and ready to perform at our best. While convincing our bosses to allow naps and recess is a long shot, eating delicious snacks is not! Today's article highlights 5 super tasty and nutritious snacks sure to provide you with extra energy throughout the workday.

One delicious and nutritious snack that will have your coworkers clamoring for a taste is homemade granola. A variety of delicious recipes can be found easily online that only take a few minutes to make. One key plus is that this is an incredibly affordable way to enjoy an afternoon snack. Making a large batch will save you a bundle and lasts for quite awhile. Adding nuts to the mix is also a great source of energy that will give you that much needed boost throughout the day. Just for fun, try getting the office involved by suggesting a granola contest. Everyone can bring in a bag of their favorite homemade granola concoction, and you'll get inspired by the individual flavors. Best of all, you'll be snacking healthy at work while networking!

Homemade Trail MixTrail mix is another awesome snack that's easy to make at home and can be easily stored at work for when those cravings occur. While a variety of exotic recipes can be tried, a simple combination of peanuts, raisins, chocolate pieces, and dried fruit makes for a tasty treat you'll surely love. Feeling adventurous? That's great! Making trail mix is a great way to get creative. Getting the kids involved at home also provides a great bonding experience that you'll surely remember while grabbing your snack at work. A zip lock bag works great for storage and using smaller bags will definitely help with portion control. Needless to say, homemade trail mix is delicious and you don't want to find yourself eating more than you need.

Peanut Butter and Banana SnackUp next is the classic combo of peanut butter on banana slices. Talk about tasty! This little treat is always nice during a long day and is sure to provide a boost of healthy energy. Perhaps the best part is the 0 prep work required the night before. Simply bring in a few bananas and a jar of your favorite peanut butter and you're all set. When the craving hits simply peel a banana, open the jar, and enjoy. You'll need a knife for spreading of course. Dipping the banana directly into the peanut butter may be acceptable at home but rest assured you'll get a few funny looks doing it at work!

Orange Slices
Most of us are subject to bad eating habits at work. The evidence of unhealthiness can be easily uncovered by the wrappers under our office desks for work and hidden within the office filing cabinets along our exterior walls. That being said, it takes time to form better eating practices and foods to supplement those sweets we all love. If you're one of the many who suffers from a sweet tooth at work, fruit is the cure! Cutting up some orange slices the night before work makes for a nutritious office snack that will keep your mind of the junk food. Oranges are quite inexpensive and are also great for kids. There's no reason not to add a few slices to a zip lock bag for you when getting those lunches ready!

Hummus IngredientsLast but certainly not least, hummus is a great snack that's filling and provides excellent energy. While making quality hummus at home is relatively simple, excellent store bought brands are available that can be picked up at your local grocery store. Those looking to make their own will need basic ingredients such as chic peas, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil. Adding a bit of zing with olives or by using tasty crackers for dipping is a must in our opinion! This is yet another simple and healthy snack that will allow you to get creative. Boring snacks are nothing to get excited about. However, homemade hummus with black olives paired with crispy Parmesan pita chips is.

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