Satisfying Healthy Snacking at Home

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When working from home, one of my biggest issues, and I think I am not alone, is my urge to snack. At work, I snack frequently as well, but the difference seems to be what I am snacking on. At work, I keep a drawer stocked with healthy items so that I don’t have an option for a less healthy choice.  So why can’t I keep to the same rules at home? I do often try to keep things I know I have less portion control with out of the house altogether, but there are some less healthy items at home too. How do I allow snacking but in the right amount and with the right choices?  Here are some of my personal strategies.

Workspace Placement

I am lucky enough to be in a house now, but for many years we lived in “cozy” apartments. Even so, my rule always applied:  I set up my workspace as far from the kitchen as possible, preferably a flight of stairs away. That is my current setup and it does ensure that every snack break comes with a flight of stairs at least.

Accessibility of Snacks

I will ensure I have a little thermos of coffee/tea and a mug as well as plenty of water and some healthy balanced snacks at my desk – usually a couple of pieces of fruit, some dried fruit and nuts, or even some lightly seasoned popped corn for the salty/crunchy cravings.

Hydration

Every time I go for a snack, I need to have finished my water bottle (16oz).  this ensures I am hydrating enough throughout the day and curbs hunger cravings that are really thirst.

Snack Options and Portion Control

Have a bunch of healthy options and some fun bowls or dishes for them that are appropriately sized.  For example, I love little glass baking bowls and will use one that holds roughly 2 Tbsp. for more energy-dense snacks like nuts and seeds. I might grab a cup-sized bowl for popped corn.  Even if I am eating one of the snacks at my desk, I am sure to portion it out to avoid mindlessly munching on things.

Movement

It might sound silly, but sometimes I will make several trips downstairs just to get another few minutes of movement in during a snack break. I bring down my water bottle and some dishes. While tea water is heating, I make a trip up with my water and snacks but return for my tea. You can do this at your desk too, but the movement is as much about a break from my computer and space for me so I personally like the physical removal of myself from my workspace.

Here are some recipes I like to keep on hand to ensure the healthy snack is the easy option:

Honey Mustard Snack Mix

Honey Mustard Snack Mix

Two Guiding Stars iconTwo Guiding Stars indicate better nutritional value. I double the mustard in these as I like the spice it offers other than just the salty crunchy aspect.

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Cheesy Chickpeas

Cheesy Chickpeas

Two Guiding Stars iconTwo Guiding Stars indicate better nutritional value. Chickpeas are high in fiber and protein (among other things), so this is a filling snack that still hits the cheesy/crunchy craving.

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Herbed Popcorn

Herbed Popcorn

Three Guiding Stars iconThree Guiding Stars indicate the best nutritional value. This one is great, as you can sub out any of the herbs for whatever you have in the pantry to mix up the flavors.

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Date Candy

Date Candy

Two Guiding Stars iconTwo Guiding Stars indicate better nutritional value. I love a late afternoon coffee and sweet bite and these are perfect for that.

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