If you have recently found yourself working from home, we need to talk snacks. Being just steps from your refrigerator and pantry all day can sometimes lead to overdoing it in the snack department and finding yourself eating when you aren’t truly hungry. A key piece to planning snacks is the balance of macro-nutrients that will help sustain your energy and curb your appetite- resulting in less trips to the kitchen. Carbohydrates, protein and fat are all significant elements to include in any meal you create, but can be especially helpful in snacks. Below is our list of favorite snacks that combine these macro-nutrients to help keep you fuller, longer.
Perfect for so many reasons, gluten-free oats are a great source of slow-burning carbohydrates and fiber, giving you lasting energy. Try making a batch in your slow cooker so when you wake up you can simply top with some fresh fruit and nuts. This heartwarming cozy breakfast is not only quick and nutritious, but also filling. Try making this apple cranberry oatmeal with protein for a delicious breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up.
2. Trail Mix
An easy D.I.Y: a simple trail mix that’s readily accessible any time hunger strikes is a great snack to make in bulk. Aim for a combination of nuts and fruit to give you both immediate and sustained energy. Our favorite combo? Roasted almonds and walnuts, dried cherries, mango, and semi-sweet chocolate. This homemade spiced orange granola can be eaten dry or with any non-dairy beverage, and is something the whole family will love.
3. Energy Bites
While you can definitely grab a pre-made bar or a bag of our Vega Energy Bites, you can also whip up your own energy bites with this three ingredient recipe. Feeling a little more daring? These chocolate peanut butter energy balls have the right combo of fruit, fat, and protein to give you that quick and long burning energy.
4. Nut butter and jam sandwich
Tried and true, a nut butter and jam sandwich is an old standby for a reason. When you combine sprouted whole grain bread with jam and nut butter you get snack that delivers easy digestion and lasting ‘go-power’—a perfect combination for pounding the keyboard. Plus, it’s quick to make between all those conference calls and meetings 😉
Other key points to remember while working from home? While on-the-go snacks will keep your energy consistent, a well-balanced meal at some point during the day is essential to your energy and wellbeing. Hydration is also very important. Make sure you’re reaching for water throughout the day!