Sometimes days at work can get so crazy that you don’t even have a minute to stop for 5 minutes let alone take a full lunch break. Or it’s 11am or 3pm and you can feel yourself starting to slip into hunger mode, where the only thing you can focus on is your stomach. I feel you, everyone feels you because we’ve all been there. Hopefully, this list of easy filling snack recipes will quell your hunger long enough until you get a proper lunch break or until you are able to get home for a nice, warm meal.
1. Cream Cheese Fruit Dip:
Many people have a favorite fruit. If you don’t, it’s still accepted that most should all be getting more fruits and healthy foods in our diets. A great way to do this, with a little extra deliciousness to sweeten the deal, is to pair your apples, strawberries, and bananas with this cream cheese fruit dip. To make the dip just blend cream cheese, brown sugar, and a little vanilla to make the perfect side to your mid-morning snack.
2. Peanut Butter & Banana Toast:
Peanut butter with bananas has become one of my favorite snack combos in the last couple of months. I just can’t get enough of it. Bananas and peanut butter are fine as an iconic duo, but if you want to make it a more filling snack, or maybe even a quick meal, then putting them on top of toast is the way to go. For some extra protein or energy, you can also add chia seeds or nuts to the old as time coupling.
3. Egg Cups:
I don’t think there is an easier snack that can also be a full meal than egg cups out there, other than a protein bar; and who wants to eat those every single day? Egg cups are versatile, easily portable and so good especially when you load them up with amazing fixings like bacon, mushrooms, spinach, and of course, cheese.
4. Healthy Trail Mix:
I know we all buy different trail mix varieties at the grocery store, I do it all the time but making your own healthy trail mix is super easy and you’ll know exactly what’s going in it. You probably have a lot of the ingredients right now sitting in your kitchen cupboard just begging to be used. All you really need are some nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate chips. If you want to add some more flavor and crunch, then add some pumpkin, sunflower, or chia seeds. Also if you really need some extra sweetness to get through your day, yogurt covered fruit couldn’t hurt. This is also a really portable snack and I should know if I have some in my cupboard then it comes with me everywhere.
5. Homemade Granola:
This is another snack you can buy prepackaged at the store, but if you have the time to make it yourself it is just so much better. Again, you can tailor this snack to your tastes and put exactly what you want on it. There is a way to cheat the system with this snack, though. If you buy some plain granola and then just add your own fancy fixings no one will judge you. At least I won’t. This snack also goes great on everything, including fruit and yogurt. Not to mention that it is perfect to just eat on its own.
6. Protein Balls:
Protein balls and energy bites are a great pocket-sized snack that a great for busy Monday mornings on the go. They are also a super easy and hearty snack to make with only a few ingredients and no need for a freezer or oven, though they do need time to firm up in the fridge. There are many different versions (yes, you can include candy) but if you want a healthy work snack all you really need for basic energy bites are oats, honey, and any nut butter of your choice. Whatever mix-ins you add next (like dark chocolate) is up to you.
7. Veggie Chips:
Veggie chips are great and super easy to make. You dust them with seasonings, bread crumbs, and roast them in an oven. They would also be perfect for air frying if that is something you’re in to. Just make sure to cut them thin enough so they are snackable but not too thin to the point that they are flimsy. This is a delicious way to get vegetables into your diet if you ask me.
8. Banana, Oat & Chocolate Cookies:
These cookies are the best, really. For starters they are simple, containing just three necessary ingredients (bananas, oats, and cocoa). You mix them all together and then pop them in the oven for 15 minutes and you have awesome healthy cookies. I even got my roommate turned onto them. You know a “healthy” recipe is actually amazing when other people start begging you to make it for them. You can also add some semi-sweet chocolate chips and I highly recommend that you do.
9. Parmesan Crisps:
I love cheese. Always have and always will. If I can find a new way to eat cheese I will gladly try it. Cheese crisps are super easy to make. Just put down some parchment paper and then make little piles of shredded cheese across the pan. Try not to make them too thin, or they will fall apart or stick to the pan. You can make cheese crisps with any kind of cheese but the most common kinds I see are cheddar and parmesan. I know I am definitely ready to get my cheese fix for the day.
10. Peanut Butter & Cheerio Bars:
This is another great, three-ingredient snack that is super easy to make. Mix Cheerios, peanut butter, and honey together in a bowl and then press into a brownie or cake pan. They’ll have to set up in the fridge for an hour before they are ready to cut. I love peanut butter, honey, cheerios, cereal bars, and easy recipes so, I bet I will love this snack.