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5 Best Healthy Snacks for the Workday

Medically reviewed by

Prof Rishi Singhal MBBS, MRCS, FRCS, MD

The Summer holidays are over...

Kids are heading back to school, and many of us are returning to our regular work schedules.

Eating healthily at work can be a challenge.

Avoiding a breakroom full of sugary snacks and other temptations takes a lot of willpower, and you can’t avoid going in there forever!

Other unhealthy eating habits typically found in the workplace include:

  • Binge eating at the desk
  • Constant use of vending machines
  • Stress eating
  • Group of co-workers regularly ordering food delivery (Uber Eats, Just Eat, Deliveroo, etc.).
  • Birthdays, farewells, anniversaries, and other never-ending celebrations

In the work environment, having options available is the best and easiest way to stay healthy. If your stomach starts growling, you won’t reach for junk food!

We’ve listed 5 healthy snacks that you can either make yourself or pick up on the go: 

Fresh Fruit & Nuts

Fresh fruit and nuts provide a satisfying combination of protein, fats, and carbs, making them an excellent work snack.

Many supermarkets sell a combination of fruit and nuts pre-packaged for your convenience.

For brain boosting and hydration try our recommended walnut and grape mix. 


Yogurt contains a range of nutrients, including calcium and vitamin B12, that help keep your body healthy, as well as helping to reduce your risk of heart disease and lose weight.

If you want to boost your health and feel fuller, try adding granola, fruit, or nuts.

Our recommendation is Greek Yogurt. Twice as much protein as regular yogurt and much lower in carbs and sugars.

Apple Slices & Peanut Butter

Peanut butter and apples have a good balance of protein, fibre, and healthy fats.

While the peanut butter has the protein and healthy fats, apples are a great source of fibre. Combined, these foods make the perfect snack for an extra boost during the day.

If you fancy something a bit different, we recommend adding some wholemeal bread and making it into a sandwich. 

Hummus & Celery

If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, celery and hummus are a suitable alternative.

High in water content, celery is a very low-calorie vegetable that you can have more amounts of, while hummus is typically a healthy mixture of chickpeas, garlic, and lemon, higher in protein and fibre.

If celery doesn’t suit your taste buds, carrots are a good alternative, providing vitamin A and potassium. 

Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel

Wholemeal is the best for a healthy diet!

Simply spread some low-fat cream cheese onto both sides and add some cooked salmon fillet on top. As an alternative, you can also use cottage cheese and tuna. 

Whichever food option you choose, the fish and cheese will give you a protein boost, while the healthy carbs will come from the bagel.