6 Healthy Morning Snacks to Eat at Your Desk

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6 Healthy Morning Snacks to Eat at Your Desk

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Whether you’re craving something sweet and creamy or something with a salty crunch, we’ve got an idea for you.

Candied Nuts

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Take a cup of raw nuts (almonds work well) and toast them in a skillet over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to low and add a tablespoon of sugar, a tablespoon of honey, and a pinch of cinnamon or chili powder to the pan. When the sugar melts, stir the nuts until the sugar starts to crystalize around them. Pour the sugar-coated nuts onto a parchment-lined sheet pan, sprinkle them with salt, and allow them to cool completely. If you choose almonds, snack on 16 for a 150-calorie treat and save the rest in an airtight container at room temperature.

Dark Chocolate Bark

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Chocoholics agree: this sweet and salty treat will satisfy any chocolate craving. Melt two tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips and then pour the melted chocolate onto waxed paper. Chop up three pistachios and sprinkle them on top of the melted chocolate along with a few crystals of coarse salt. Then, pop the chocolate into the refrigerator for a few minutes until it hardens.

Fruit and Cheese Skewers

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A two-inch cube of feta will satisfy your craving for something salty and cost you only 90 calories. Or cut the feta into smaller cubes and thread it onto skewers along with one cup’s worth of cubed watermelon, alternating between the watermelon and the cheese. Experiment with your favorite fruits and cheeses.

Guacamole ‘Deviled’ Eggs

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This rich, creamy snack is loaded with protein and good fat to keep you full. Start by hard-boiling two eggs. Peel and halve the eggs and discard the yolks (or save them for another purpose), and fill the hollowed-out egg white halves with a combined quarter cup of guacamole for a snack that will keep your healthy eating goals on track.

Spicy Baked Chickpeas

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This addicting snack is perfect whenever you’re craving potato chips; you’ll get the same salty crunch without all the fat and preservatives. A satisfying third of a cup of these aromatic toasted chickpeas will cost you just 127 calories. Click here for the recipe.

Yogurt Parfaits

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A six-ounce serving of fat-free (0 percent) Greek yogurt averages about 100 calories. Turn it into a thick and creamy treat by swirling in 25 smashed red raspberries and sprinkling a teaspoon of miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips on top. Not craving berries and chocolate? Try a teaspoon of honey, seven chopped pistachios, and a pinch of cinnamon instead.