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If you’re returning to the office after a year and a half of working from home, you likely forgot what it’s like not to have a full fridge and pantry filled with food at your disposal at all hours of the day. Chugging through the 2:30 p.m. slump when you don’t want coffee or a second meal, usually ends in a trip to the vending machine for a soda and some chips or cookies because you need something. But there are plenty of snacks you can keep at your desk or in an office fridge that are packed with nutritious ingredients and will keep you fueled until it’s time to go home and cook dinner.
With filling ingredients like nuts and cranberries, trail mix is a great treat to keep at your desk. This recipe serves 12 so you can bring the whole batch with you to the office and have enough to get you through two weeks of snacking.
Baked goods made with wholesome ingredients are great if you’re an avid meal prepper. Make a batch of these whole-wheat muffins on Sunday and pack them in your lunch bag before work for convenient, fuss-free snacking.
If you need a mid-afternoon protein boost, go with hummus. Skip the store-bought stuff and make it from scratch instead. The main ingredient is typically garbanzo beans, but this recipe uses white beans, which gives the snack an earthy, nutty flavor. Pack it alongside carrots and celery.
This beef jerky recipe is easily customizable. Don’t have white wine handy? Use soy sauce instead. Like your jerky spicy? Add red pepper flakes. No matter how it’s prepared, jerky is a great way to use up beef and keep yourself fueled with protein throughout the workday.
If you need something sweet and salty come snacktime, this chocolate-drizzled popcorn effortlessly marries the two flavor profiles together. Opt for dark chocolate to add antioxidants to the mix.
If you don’t mind its viscous texture, chia seed pudding is a great protein-rich snack option. For this recipe, the seeds are left to soak overnight in blueberries and milk. Top it with bananas and flaxseed.
Bringing tuna to work won’t make you popular in the office, but its tastiness makes up for the smell. Swap mayo for Greek yogurt and add avocado for a healthy spin on a classic dish. Serve it with a side of crackers and veggies for convenient snacking.
Skip the vending machine bag of chips and opt for these baked kale chips instead. The customizable snack is made by adding kale to the oven and cooking until crisp. Keep it simple by using salt or get creative and sprinkle the kale with sesame seeds, Parmesan or whatever spices tickle your fancy.
Baked oatmeal made waves on TikTok when it went viral as a healthy but tastier alternative to regular oatmeal. You can customize the snack to your liking by adding fruit or chocolate chips, but this recipe keeps things simple with cinnamon as the dominant flavor.
If you always wind up with a sweet tooth at work, try these cherry chocolate superfood bars. The plant-based recipe is packed with filling ingredients like nuts and peanut butter and has a sweet, crumbly crust made of dates and coconut.
Looking for an easy way to turn your food scraps into something amazing? Try these mixed root vegetable chips that use carrots, golden beets, purple beets, sweet potatoes, parsnips and turnips.
Chocolate is the perfect snack for an afternoon pick-me-up. The sugar wakes you up without the potential crashing effects of coffee. Take a simple piece of dark chocolate even further by topping it with fruit, shredded coconut and nuts.
Turn your Sunday baking project into an incredible weekday snack. This chocolate chip banana nut bread will satisfy your cravings with its dynamic blend of flavors, and nuts that will keep you full until dinnertime.
You’re guaranteed to look forward to guacamole, especially when it’s homemade. In addition to the dip, this recipe comes equipped with instructions for air fryer tortilla chips so you’ll have a healthy, crunchy option for dipping.
Loaded with protein and fiber, chickpeas are the perfect filling snack to get you through the 2:30 rut. Cook them in the air fryer to ensure a crispy, salty coating. Not only are air fryer chickpeas great for you, but they’re also a wonderful nut-free snack option for school lunches.
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