About one in five step away at the midday point to break up their work day. While you may think that impresses the boss (it doesn’t), staring at your computer screen or trapped beneath fluorescent lights all day also saps creativity and derails productivity. On the other hand, for the first time last year Americans spent more on dining out than on groceries. The average: $1,000 for the year. So, if you’re not looking to go out to lunch but still want to make a snack and give yourself a break (hopefully you take your snack outside to get some vitamin D and a change of scenery), look to one of these healthy office snacks to fuel up without feasting on fatty, sugary junk from the vending machines in the break room.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds ($52 @ Amazon.com)
You’ll get a dose of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, protein, and a delicious taste. Make smoothies, add it to granola or oatmeal, or even toss some on top of a salad.
gimMe Snacks Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks ($10 for 12 @ Amazon.com)
Seaweed contains essential vitamins A, B6, B12, and C, as well as minerals like iodine, magnesium, and iron.
Barnana Organic Chewy Banana Bites ($20 for 12 @ Amazon.com)
Harvested from organic banana farms, you’ll give yourself a boost of fiber, potassium, and natural sugar. Just remember to keep your portions in check.
Simple Squares Organic Snack Bar, Coconut ($25 for 12 @ Amazon.com)
Made without wheat, soy, gluten, dairy, corn, or refined sugar, bars come with six grams of protein and 16 grams of carbs.
Go Raw Live Pumpkin Bar ($9 for 10 @ Amazon.com)
The ingredient list: pumpkin and flax seeds, dates, agave nectar, and sea salt. That’s it.
PROBAR Meal Bar, Superfruit Slam ($33 for 12 @ Amazon.com)
Stuffed with fruits, cashew butter, sunflower seeds, almonds and more, each bar comes with eight grams of protein and 350 calories.