According to the USDA, about 25% of our daily total calorie intake is via snacks. That’s a huge chunk of our diet. And since the average American will spend 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, the snacks we eat at work matter — a lot.
If you’re stocking the office for others, your decisions can have a major impact on the health of your teammates. The things you provide your team to snack on can translate into a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or a mid-afternoon slump. But with great cabinet power comes great cabinet responsibility. In an always-on-the-go age where “paleo” and “vegan” and “gluten-free” are as common as hashtags, how do you navigate the world of healthy diets to ensure everyone is happy at work?
Here are 11 healthy snacks (and drinks) to help you stock your office for success:
Nuts like almonds contain healthy fats essential to the human body. And while people don’t want to work for peanuts, they are a great source of protein and fiber. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, either. Nuts can be a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, Vitamin E, and plant sterols, and are easy to grab between meetings…. unlike extra sleep. You’re on your own for that.
Fruit provides a wide range of health benefits. Elements like potassium reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke while helping your body maintain bone strength over time. Given these sweet benefits, fresh fruit delivery for the office is a no-brainer. Bananas, apples, and oranges brighten conference rooms and workdays. Win-win.
Humans have been eating popcorn for over 5,000 years (seriously). An allergen-friendly alternative to nuts, it’s also a snack that’s high in fiber, meaning staffers stay fuller, longer, rather than straying out for another snack later in the day.
Mysteries belong in novels, not in your food. KIND Bars are made with tasty ingredients you can pronounce, like nuts, fruits, honey, and spices. Put them out in a bowl during meetings without end or store a few in your office snack drawer. Say goodbye to hangry office interactions and hello to this high protein snack.
From LaCroix to Polar, seltzer is a flavorful, fun alternative to the traditional office water cooler. Whether you want to stay hydrated, kick your soda habit, or even feel more full between meals (yes, all that carbonation makes you feel fuller so you snack less), seltzer is a great way to add some sparkle to the workday.
Dried food is an on-the-go alternative to fresh fruit that’s high in — you guessed it! — fiber. Some of our favorites are mangoes, fuji apples, berries, and raisins. Bonus: Great on top of #7.
Oatmeal is a great source of fiber and helps relieve constipation and gassiness… two things you definitely don’t want to face at the office. Humans have been eating some version of it since 2,000 B.C., so it’s time-tested, people-approved.
One serving of peanut butter contains a whopping 8 grams of protein and 2-3 grams of fiber. Great on crackers or fresh fruit, peanut butter is a healthy snack that will fill you up and keep you going. If you’re looking to add variety to your office snacks, almond butter is an up-and-coming alternative that also packs a serious protein punch.
Organic Clif Bars pump you up, not slow you down. Eat them on their own or as a healthy meal replacement. High in both fiber and protein, they’re a highly portable snack that can get you through even the longest meeting.
Dark chocolate is packed with flavonoids proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Not to mention it’s one of nature’s best sources of antioxidants and healthy fats. Brookside’s dark chocolate-covered acai berries have the added benefit of being nutrient and antioxidant-dense. Win, delicious win.
The health benefits of coffee go way beyond staying awake on conference calls. Studies have shown that moderate coffee drinkers (3 cups a day) are less likely to have heart disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers.
Remember: What employees bring for lunch is their business. What they snack on is yours. Stock your office with healthy snacks and watch productivity soar with healthy snack delivery in bulk from Boxed.
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