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So you’ve hit that mid-day period. You know the one I’m talking about between lunch and dinner where your food cravings are really kicking in and you just need something to hold you over until dinner. Well, good news for you! We have five quick and simple snack ideas ready for you when you need them.

1. Smoothie Bowl! Smoothie bowls are the best way to really get a burst of energy without grabbing a highly caffeinated beverage. If you work from home, you can always get a little bit more creative with it by grabbing your favorite organic produce like bananas, frozen strawberries or other berries, mixing a bit of orange juice, and blending. If you work at an office, then grab a smoothie from your local smoothie shop. Top with fresh fruit like strawberries, bananas, tiny oranges, chia seeds, dried fruit, shredded coconut, and your choice of crushed pecans or walnuts.

popcorn2. Popcorn! Popcorn is such a great go-to snack. You can pack it with you for work any day of the week, and it’s quick and         simple. If you want to spice it up, you can always top with your choice of organic butter with sea salt and rosemary. There is also the option to make it like a trail mix. Add dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs, peanuts or cashews, dried fruit like cranberries or apricots, and pumpkin seeds. For something with a bit more kick to it, grab a bottle of your favorite sriracha sauce and cut a lime in half. Squeeze the lime into your popcorn bag and add sriracha to taste.

3. Fresh Fruit! Fresh fruit is probably one of the easiest and quickest snacks that you could grab and go for. Of course, don’t stick with the same fruit each day because after a few days you’re bound to get sick of it. Grab a banana with a tablespoon of almond butter and cinnamon or try out oranges topped with cinnamon and honey for a pop of citrusy flavor. Apples topped with nut butter, your choice of chopped nuts or seeds, and crushed dark chocolate is also another great option. 

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4. Dips! Another quick and simple snack that you could just grab out of your fridge for a snack later in the mid-day after lunch would be dips. 100 calorie guacamole packets by Wholly Guacamole are wonderful to just grab right out of the fridge. Hummus is another great option with pops of flavor from garlic, red peppers, or sriracha. If neither of those sound appetizing to you, you could always go for mild or spicy salsa. And don’t forget about what you are going to use as dippers! Pita chips, celery, carrots, whole grains seed crackers, bell pepper or cucumber slices, or organic, corn tortilla chips all make wonderful options.

5. Plate Spread! Last but not least, a great option is to just make a miniature plate spread. Think of this as like a smaller version of an antipasto spread. You can bring cured meats like salami with small cheese slices of cheddar, swiss, or gouda. And don’t forget to bring whole grain cracks or bread crisps, prepared cut fruit like strawberries or cantaloupe, almonds, and green or black olives. This is something that you would prepare for the night before, but there’s not too much prep involved except for pre-cutting your fruit for the next day. Everything else can be easily thrown into a Ziploc, bento box, or tupperware and ready for work the next day.

 

Have any other favorite healthy snack ideas that you eat on-the-go or at work? Let us know in the comments below!