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Healthy Office Snacks

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Healthy Office Snacks

It’s a Wednesday afternoon, you’ve been sitting at your desk reading countless emails and you get that familiar itch, the 3PM snack attack itch.  We’ve all been there, where we suddenly feel a little tired, perhaps even a little irritable, and you just feel like something to get you through the last stretch of the day.

Let’s face it, that itch might get scratched with another cup of coffee or the sweet treat you’ve been eyeing all day.  Instead, why not choose a snack that is nutrient dense, and includes a good source of dairy free protein powder to help you feel full  Paddon-Jones, D. , et al. (2008). Protein, weight management, and satiety. American Society for Clinical Nutrition. Accessed from http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/87/5/1558S.long on February 16, 2016.  and get you through the last hurdle of the day.  So put down that cup of coffee and check out these delicious and satisfying snacks, including plant-based protein bars!

Trail mix

Packed with delicious nuts and seeds, this snack is an easy go-to option that can be packed in advance and left at your desk to nibble on. If buying pre-mixed trail mix, look for blends that have more nuts than dried fruit or candy to get more protein per handful. If you’d like to make your own, try Sweet and Spicy Nuts or our Simple Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Nuts.

Snack bars

Try a snack bar, like Vega® Protein Snack Bar! With 10g of protein and 3g of fiber in one bar, this is a convenient and delicious way to get more protein.  Let the layers of chewy, crunchy goodness fight that 3PM hunger strike. You’ll feel good about fueling with mouthwatering Chocolate Peanut Butter and Salted Caramel flavors, all made with real plant-based food ingredients.

Protein Bites

Try these double chocolate peanut butter protein bites! Easy to make and delightful to eat! Two of these protein balls include 10 grams of plant-based protein all packed in chocolate-y peanut butter goodness. We dare you to only eat one!

Hummus with veggies

On days when you’re not feeling like a chocolate protein bar, a savory hummus dip can easily do the trick.  You can buy single-serving hummus or try making one of our delicious variations; beet, lemon dill, and roasted red pepper hummus. Serve it with veggies or crackers and get dipping!

Protein Shake

One less thing to worry about before your day begins, grab a bottle of ready-to-drink Vega® Protein Nutrition Shake made from real, plant-based foods, including 20 grams of plant-based protein for easy protein on the go. Chilled or waiting for you at your desk, you can celebrate having one less thing to worry about.

The list doesn’t end here, our Recipe Center has a plant-based alternative for every snack craving. Comment below or tag #VegaTeam on Instagram to let us know how you beat your afternoon snacking itch!

Elizabeth Jarrard

Elizabeth Jarrard is a registered dietitian in Denver, CO who specializes in medical nutrition therapy and plant-based nutrition. She educates clients and consumers on how to optimize their health through nutrition.
Elizabeth Jarrard

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