I'm a snacker, especially at work. When my mind is working hard, my stomach inevitably starts grumbling. While snacking can help me get in all the nutrients I need and curb my hunger so that I don't eat too much at the next meal, I'm careful not to engage in too much mindless munching so I don't end up eating too many calories over the course of a day.
When I do need a snack, I want to make sure I have something healthy on hand so I don’t end up reaching for junk. The other EatingWell editors and I came up with the following list of healthy snacks you can keep in your desk.
—Michelle Edelbaum, EatingWell Digital Editor
(3 or more grams of fiber/serving): The fiber in these helps keep you full. Spread a little nut butter or hummus on your crackers for extra protein and staying power.
Learn more about how to shop for healthy crackers.
Even though we eat oatmeal traditionally for breakfast a plain packet of instant oats makes a filling snack for about 100 calories. Try to avoid buying ones with too much sugar—which can outweigh the whole-grain goodness of oatmeal. See our favorite healthy instant oatmeals.
Buy healthy bagged popcorn at the grocery store and keep some at your desk. You can have about 2 cups for not that many calories since popcorn is so airy. It's also a whole grain and delivers filling fiber. Just stay away from super-sweet kettle and caramel corns.
Natural peanut butter or other nut butter.
Snack Idea: Serve on a slice of apple or a mini-rice cake.
Single-serving packets of trail mix.
Try a healthy, homemade trail mix recipe: Gorp »
“Single-serving” fresh fruits: apples, oranges, pears, bananas, kiwis.
Dried fruit, such as apricots, raisins and cherries.
1-ounce bags of peanuts, almonds or pistachios
Or make your own bag: 23 almonds equals an ounce of almonds, 49 pistachios is a 1-ounce serving and 28 peanuts totals 1 ounce.
Small (8-ounce) cans of low-sodium mixed vegetable juice
Single-serving boxes of whole-grain cereals with no added sugars.
Mini rice cakes are a light, crunchy snack.
Individually-wrapped bite-size dark chocolate.