5 healthy (and tasty!) desk-based snacks for the office

You don’t have to reverse all those good habits and hard work you put into your January post-Christmas fitness blitz. It may be March and you’ve somewhat given up (we have!) but you can eat a little healthier without losing the tastiness of your favourite snacks. 

The key is to swap your calorific sweet treats for lighter, healthier options that still taste great (if not better!). You might be surprised at how much you enjoy the less-sinful options and find these alternatives fight the cravings and actually keep you feeling full for longer. Here are some of the best options to snack on at your desk.

1. Crisps

Crisps always appear to be a handy snack to quickly grab on your way to work but we all know that half the bag is usually just air so it barely banishes those hunger pangs. Kale crisps (bare with me) are way nicer than they sound, come in big bags that are cheap and easy to store and freeze, and you can chose any flavours you like. Drizzle with olive oil, add and seasonings or herbs you fancy and then bake for 15 minutes, fill your favourite Tupperware to the brim and enjoy your guilt-free superfood snack. Check out this simple and delicious recipe from ohsheglows.

2. Popcorn

This delicious and naturally low calorie snack is high in antioxidants, but The Londoner recommends always eating homemade popcorn saying it’s, “a much healthier lower calorie, cheap way of making popcorn. So much better than anything you stick in the microwave and don’t even get me started on that evil ‘butter’ flavoured spray… trust me, give proper popcorn a shot, you’ll never look back.” Check out her dreamy sounding gingerbread popcorn that’s perfect for colder days in the office.

3. Ice Cream

One ingredient; vegan and gluten-free ice cream that takes no effort to prepare? It sounds too good to be true but this creamy banana recipe from Goodness Me is definitely worth a try. Experiment with different toppings and enjoy the looks of envy from co-workers as you tuck into a bowl whenever you fancy a treat.

4. Brownies

Brownies are the ultimate chocolatey indulgence that any sweet tooth will crave on a daily basis. However, they usually are as sinful as they appear so luckily Deliciously Ella has devised a healthier option. She writes on her blog that these five-minute brownies are “sugar, dairy and gluten free…. and packed with fibre and protein. This is my favourite go-to dessert. Anytime I crave something sweet I throw the ingredients in the processor and three minutes later every craving I’ve ever had is sated, it’s perfect. You’ll never ever want refined sugar again.”

5. Granola Bars

Any muesli or nut bars are a great on-the-go snack if you don’t have time for breakfast or need a quick pick-me-up at your desk. However, as many have high levels of fructose and other hidden unhealthy ingredients, they are not as innocent as they seem so making your own cuts out the risk of hidden calories and MSG. We’re loving the 5-Ingredeint (no bake) granola bar recipe from the Minimalist Baker who writes: “These really are the perfect bar for a hearty snack because they keep you full for hours and don’t provide a sugar overload. Plus, they pack in plenty of healthy fats from the almonds and peanut butter, and lots of fibre from the oats. Afternoon and mid-morning snack, solved.”

Let us know which is your favourite food swap, and tag us in your healthy desk snack creations on Instagram!