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What are some convenient healthy snacks you can have available during the workday?

Jun 25, 2013

Marissa Tafuri
FT East Greenwich

"My go-to healthy snack is always fruit.  But if you eat the fruit with a protein it will keep you fuller longer.  For example, eating an apple is great but pairing it with a scoop of peanut butter will give you fuller results.

"Carrots with hummus are another great snack.  One Laughing Cow Light Swiss Original wedge paired with five Wheat Thins also hits the spot."

Josh Bate
FT East Greenwich

"Simply filling a small Ziploc bag with healthful foods can be the way to go. Some snacks I like to eat while I'm at work are protein shakes, protein bars, trail mix, yogurt, and the occasional sandwich

"Protein shakes and bars have come a long way in how they taste and with a little research and testing you can usually find one that suits your taste buds. Look for one that fits your protein needs, and is low in sugar.

"Trail mix is a great snack to fill you up, kill a sweet and salty craving, and be healthy at the same time. Making your own is best. All you need is a handful of nuts, some dried fruit (preferably no sugar added) and maybe a small piece or two of dark chocolate. The protein and fiber will help to keep you feeling full while the chocolate keeps you sane and provides antioxidants.

"Yogurt, be it Greek or regular, is another great snack that requires no prep and is healthy as well. I generally opt for the Greek due to it's higher protein content.  But regular yogurt will work just fine, too. Yogurt is full of protein, generally low in sugar and fat, and has probiotics to help aid in digestive tract health.

"Lastly we have the classic lunchtime food and it's the sandwich. A sandwich can be plenty healthy and is easy to transport. Two slices of whole grain bread, some lean meat like turkey, ham, or roast beef, a slice of low fat cheese and some mustard provides a fiber-and-protein-packed, low-fat, almost-sugar-free little meal."

Kelly Blackwin
FT Santa Monica

"Almonds, string cheese, a piece of fruit, Greek yogurt, bars (look for low sugar), celery and peanut butter, sliced red pepper and hummus, or a boiled egg."

Liz Vlajic
FT Virginia Beach

"Fruit is always a good snack, choose things like bananas, apples and oranges that don't need to be refrigerated.

Other snacks that don't need to be refrigerated include trail mix (be careful -- 1/2 cup has around 300 calories), raisins, yogurt-covered raisins (1/4 cup has about 130 calories), shredded wheat (1 cup has about 170 calories) and protein/fiber bars. Choose ones that are under 200 calories for a snack."

Blake Beckcom
FT Mission Hills

"Making snacking convenient, easy and of quality is paramount. In the end it’s all about portion size, frequency and quality of what we consume that helps us climb the fitness ladder.

"I eat at least one banana a day, usually with a pre-mixed, or powder-mixed protein supplement. I generally use whey and mix it with almond or rice milk. Nuts are another of my favorites. They are easy to port and provide us with good fats, fiber and protein.

"Almonds and walnuts are my favorite, but you do have to be careful about calorie counts with nuts as they are loaded.  Drop in a few high percentage cacao dark chocolate morsels and you add more antioxidant power and sweet tooth satisfaction.

"I'm also a big fan of the 'Perfect Foods Bar.'  It's 100% whole food supplements mixed with peanut butter and honey. This is a high-calorie snack, so being careful about portion size with this one is needed. Though it is high in fat, most of it is poly and mono; the brain fats we need."

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist

"My top healthy and convenient snacks include nuts (you can get the 100-calorie packs of dry roasted almonds to carry around), six-ounce Greek yogurt cups(non fat), baby carrots (or other veggies) with hummus or guacamole dip, a hard-boiled egg (or egg whites), dried fruits, an apple or banana with peanut butter, mini low-fat cheeses like Babybel and air-popped popcorn."


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