5 Healthy Snacks to Bring to the Office


If not familiar with hummus, it’s a Middle Eastern spread typically made from chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans). It’s gluten-free, nut free and dairy free, so if you have an allergy to any of those, this is something you can easily eat. High in fiber and antioxidants it’s a great snack that will keep you full. It’s extremely easy to make at home too so skip purchasing from the store. Try Jodie Scales’ Roasted Garlic Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus, it’s delicious. If you do pick it up, though, take a look at the salt content – it can be high when premade.

Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky gets a bad rap, so many think it’s not good for you. By checking labels, though, there are some that are not loaded with MSG and other chemicals. Be on the lookout for brands made from grass-fed beef and has no preservatives. Beef jerky is high in protein and doesn’t spike insulin levels. It’s a great snack when trying to loose weight.

Raw Veggies with Ranch

We eat with our eyes first, so cut up a colorful array of veggies for a snack. Cucumbers, celery, carrots, radishes… pick your favorites. Then, measure two tablespoons of ranch and get to dipping. In the Test Kitchen, we’re fans of Bolthouse Farms Ranch Yogurt Dressing. It seriously tastes like regular ranch dressing, with only 45 calories.

Apples with Nut Butter

Apples with a nut butter, like peanut or almond, are a perfect pair. Not only will it satisfy a sweet tooth, it’s a good combination of healthy fat, carbs and protein. The key is to choose a natural nut butter – one that only contains nuts. Regular butters can contain additional salt, sugars and oils. Nut butters are high in fat, so place a tablespoon or two of nut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Warm in the microwave for 15 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle. Then, drizzle over sliced apples. A little bit goes a long way.

Greek Yogurt

Thick and creamy, Greek yogurt is a great afternoon pick-me-up. With twice as much protein as regular yogurt, it will definitely hold you over until dinner. It’s low in carbohydrates and sodium too, but high in potassium. Make sure to check labels, though. Fruit filled yogurts can be high in sugar. To sweeten up the yogurt, add fresh fruit like blueberries and a dash of cinnamon. Or, try a handful of low-fat granola.