10 Healthy Snack Ideas for the Workweek

10 Healthy Snack Ideas for the Workweek

I am often asked for ideas for healthy snacks, so I thought I would do up a post on the topic. Not that I have any stellar secrets or overly creative ideas for everyday snacks, but I am 42, I’ve popped out 2 kids, and I’m fit. So I figure I must be doing something right balancing my healthier weekday habits with my weekend indulgences. Really I just hope you will get a couple new ideas – God knows I’m always looking for more myself :)

I have a day job – a desk job, in fact. So I sit on my duff for a good part of the day. This is not good, even for someone who exercises as much as I do. Typically, I do an hour or two of running, swimming, and/or biking, 5-6 days a week, but I don’t think even this makes up for the 8 hours per day spent in the semi-reclined position I assume at my desk. Also, I tend to graze at work. I eat much more during the work week than I do on the weekends. It doesn’t help that we have a “magic table” in the common area where food just “magically” appears every day either.

This is precisely why I started my Healthy Week Lunch Series, because I need structure. I need foods planned ahead of time. If I’m at work unprepared and have to run out to get something, I will get something terrible. We’re talking Whopper or Taco Hell, because I’ll say it, the Doritos Locos Taco is delicious….Anyway, I know this about myself, so I plan in advance and have healthy foods accessible. In addition to my Healthy Lunches, this includes snacks, and here are ten easy snacks I keep in regular rotation.

Any brand names I mention are included because I really do eat them in real life, and I am picky. I am not being paid for endorsing anything …though it would be great if I were.

10 Healthy Snack Ideas for the Workweek

1. Whole wheat English muffin topped with peanut butter and honey.

I love Thomas’ whole wheat English muffins, and I have one most mornings for breakfast with an egg and my Super Good Morning Green Smoothie. I also keep English muffins at work for snacks. Earth Balance makes an outstanding coconut oil-blended peanut butter that I am currently addicted to, and I keep a jar of that and honey at work as well. Then I just toast the English muffin, spread each half with a smidge of peanut butter and drizzle with honey.

2. Margherita English muffin pizza.

Told you I love English muffins! So, just take one and toast it up. Spread a little dijon mustard and top each half with a slice of tomato. Take a string cheese, and pull it apart laying the strings over each pizza. Give it a quick zap in the microwave to melt the cheese, finish with a little sprinkling of dried herbs (such as oregano, basil, or Herbs de Provence), and you have a very yummy treat.

3. Quick Cheese Quesadilla.

I simply take a whole wheat tortilla (I like La Banderita brand) and wrap it around a slice of cheese (colby jack, pepperjack, or cheddar). Then I give it a quick 10 second zap in the microwave and eat it with a guacamole mini pack for dipping.

4. Banana and nuts.

My usual, pre-workout snack is a banana and a small handful nuts – almonds, walnuts, cashews, whatever. Nuts give protein and anti-inflammatory fats, and the bananas give quick fuel. I hate petering out during workouts or, even worse, being hungry. This snack is perfect.

5. Greek yogurt with granola.

After a long, inner battle, I have come to embrace Greek yogurt. I have tried it in a lunch here and a smoothie here. And as long as it is one from a short list of flavors I like, I will eat it with 2 tablespoons granola added. This is another great pre-workout snack because of the protein in the yogurt and carbs in the granola.

10 Healthy Snack Ideas for the Workweek

6. Carrots, whole wheat pita, and hummus.

I like to make hummus, but I also stock up on Sabra when it goes on sale BOGO at Publix. This snack, with half a pita, 2 tablespoons hummus, and a handful carrots, is great for me because I’m not a fan of raw carrots, but I do like them dipped in hummus.

7. Half whole wheat bagel with light garlic and herb cheese spread.

By light garlic and herb cheese spread, I mean Boursin. The light version is not as good as the original, but I wouldn’t expect it to be anyway. It is close enough though, so I can get my fix. One tablespoon light Boursin spread on one half a bagel is plenty. Every so often, I pick up some whole wheat bagels at the grocery bakery and keep them in the freezer at work.

8. Cottage cheese and shredded wheat crackers.

With 18 grams of protein, this snack will fill you up for less than 200 calories. I like reduced fat Triscuits because they do have a crispier texture than Original. Five crackers is always enough for me to top with 1/2 c cottage cheese. I get 2% cottage cheese because I think 1% or fat free cottage cheese taste gross.

9. Veggies and pita with yogurt-dill dip.

For a quick, tzatziki-esque dip, take 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt and add a teaspoon lemon juice, pinch kosher salt, 1/8 t onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon dried dill, and 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese – do this the night before to take to work the next day. This is an easy dip for veggies and whole wheat pita wedges …and another way I have discovered that Greek yogurt can be made delicious.

10. Peanut butter and sliced apple.

This classic snack is classic for a reason: Apple is very good with peanut butter. Here, again, I use Earth Balance coconut oil-blended peanut butter. I’m not even that much of a fan of apples, but I am a fan of anything smeared with peanut butter.


10 Healthy Snack Ideas for the Workweek

  • http://www.auntbeesrecipes.com Aunt Bee

    What a great list of snacks! I love a lot of these and want to try the rest :-)

    • http://ericasrecipes.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thanks so much Brandi!

  • http://pattyandersonsblog.blogspot.com Patty Haxton Anderson

    How great is that list of healthy and wonderful snacks? Love the list Erica.

    • http://ericasrecipes.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you so much Patty!

  • http://saltysweetlife.com Tracey @ Salty Sweet Life

    This is a great list, Erica! I am a snacker, so these are right up my alley! Like you, if I don’t bring a lunch with me to work, I will end up eating something REALLY bad. My coworkers see me with a McD’s bag and they’re like, “but you have a food blog”! As if having a food blog and eating McD’s is mutually exclusive! :)

    • http://ericasrecipes.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      lol thank you – it is a relief to know I am not alone :)

  • http://www.hunwhatsfordinner.com Cindy @ Hun… What’s for Dinner?

    Great snack idea!! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

    • http://ericasrecipes.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Cindy!

  • http://www.diaryofahumblechef.com Michelle

    Great ideas! I especially am eyeing the toasted margherita pizza. I don’t know why I never keep my own stash of healthy foods at work. We don’t have many food choices in the area where I work, so if I’m beyond famished, I usually end up with a huge slice of pizza from the gas station or something deep fried from the local bar. Argh! Thanks for sharing this. It just reminds me that I’m not doing myself any favors without a solid plan at work.

    • http://ericasrecipes.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      you are most welcome Michelle – thank you!

  • http://www.iconveyawareness.com Jessica @ConveyAwareness

    Some great suggestions here and can be modified to tastes and diets very easily. Pinned. =)

    • http://ericasrecipes.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      great Jessica thank you! hope you get some new ideas!

  • http://lovepastatoolbelt.com Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt

    What a great list. I am all over #1! I love anything with peanut butter and honey. Thank you for linking up at The Wednesday Round Up! We hope to see you back next week.

    • http://ericasrecipes.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Emily!

  • http://starlajimenez.blogspot.com Starla J

    Yum. Thank you for the list of healthy week day snacks. I’ll have to start trying these. Thank you for sharing.

    • http://ericasrecipes.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Starla!

  • http://yesterfood.blogspot.com Joy @ Yesterfood

    Erica, I always need new ideas for healthy snacks. I hate standing in front of the fridge waiting for healthy inspiration to strike. :) Thank you for sharing these with us at Treasure Box Tuesday! Pinned!

    • http://ericasrecipes.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thanks so much Joy!

  • http://creativekkids.com Tammy @ creativekkids

    I’m finally getting around to pinning last week’s link-up!! I love all these ideas–my kids LOVE apples and peanut butter. Thanks for linking up with the Tasty Tuesday’s Link-up. I have pinned your post to the Tasty’s Tuesday’s Pinterest Board!

    • http://ericasrecipes.com Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you!

  • http://www.healthyfamilymatters.com Erica Brooks

    Good selection of healthy snack ideas. I like the Veggies and pita with yogurt-dill dip. I’ll have to try it.

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