We all know how afternoon hunger pangs can lead to not-so-healthy snack choices. Whether you skipped breakfast or worked through lunch, you can nosh on any of these 10 nutritious snacks right at your desk. They all have fiber-rich ingredients that’ll keep you satisfied until your next meal. These snacks require a little prepping, but we promise the work is well worth it.
What makes it healthy: Lentils boost this hummus’ iron content. Iron helps ward off anemia so you’ll stay energized and fatigue-free.
Why we like it: You can pair it with bell peppers and carrots for a crunchy-and-creamy, Mediterranean-style snack.
What makes it healthy: The protein and fiber in chickpeas work together to fill you up without too many calories.
Why we like it: You can satisfy your craving for something crunchy and salty without popping open a bag of something processed.
3. Kale Chips
What makes it healthy: Just one serving of these crunchy kale chips gets you your daily intake of vision-boosting vitamin A and immune-friendly vitamin C.
Why we like it: It makes kale snack-worthy. ‘Nuff said.
What makes it healthy: Heart-healthy avocado pairs with a protein-packed egg to make an energizing portable snack.
Why we like it: You can throw an avocado and some whole-grain bread in your bag and assemble it all at work. This recipe uses pomegranate and pumpkin seeds to make things a little fancier.
What makes it healthy: Cholesterol-lowering oats pair with protein-packed yogurt to make this fall-inspired treat.
Why we like it: Once you try overnight oats, you won’t go back to the hot stuff. You just combine the ingredients in a container, refrigerate it overnight and grab it on your way out the door. Their pudding-like creaminess will satisfy your sweet tooth with no guilt (and no microwave) required.
What makes it healthy: Greek yogurt packs more protein than regular yogurt. Protein helps you feel satisfied, while strawberries get you some digestion-friendly fiber.
Why we like it: You can’t go wrong with a classic parfait at snack time. If strawberries aren’t your thing, try using seasonal fruits instead.
What makes it healthy: Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it has all the amino acids our bodies need to get from food. Ground flaxseeds lend their anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.
Why we like it: This recipe uses ingredients you might already have in your pantry, like oats, quinoa, almonds and raisins.
What makes it healthy: Slow-burning carbs like oats help satisfy your hunger without leading to not-so-fun blood sugar crashes.
Why we like it: Store-bought granola is usually loaded with sugar. Save yourself the calories (and money) by making this granola masterpiece in only 20 minutes.
What makes it healthy: This recipe uses fat-free feta and Greek yogurt to cut down on saturated fat.
Why we like it: Pair it with cucumbers, bell peppers and whole-wheat pita, and it’s like having a mini crudité platter at your desk.
What makes it healthy: Edamame is a protein-packed legume that’s rich in folate, which helps make sure your brain works properly (that is, it’s perfect for when you need to do heavy-duty thinking).
Why we like it: You need only 15 minutes of prep work to make a batch for the whole week.