Best snacks to have if you work in an office

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(CNN) -- When your stomach starts grumbling during a midmorning meeting or when you're stuck at your desk without a break in sight, what is the most satisfying and healthy snack to grab? Here are what 10 nutritionists said they like to snack on during a busy workday.


"Almonds are my number one go-to snack when hunger hits between meals. In a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1.5 ounces of almonds (about 35 nuts) consumed as a snack daily for four weeks helped to suppress hunger between meals," said Joan Salge Blake, author of "Nutrition & You" and clinical associate professor at Boston University.

Joan said the fiber, protein and healthy unsaturated fats in nuts all contribute to that feeling of fullness. After eating almonds, she doesn't experience the hungry horrors before sitting down to dinner and she's more likely to eat a sensible amount and not go for seconds.

Yogurt parfait

"I love a Greek yogurt parfait with granola and berries or whatever fruit I have around," said Wendy Sterling, co-author of the forthcoming How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder. "It's high in protein, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants. It also tastes great and is fun to eat. Combining a few different food groups for a snack helps me to feel full and have enough energy to get through my day."

A can of tuna with crackers

"One of my favorite work snacks is a can of tuna in oil with about five to seven low-sodium crackers. It has the perfect blend of carbohydrates, protein and fat, which is satisfying and keeps my energy up for the rest of the work day," Angel Planells, dietitian and national media spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, said. "It also keeps me going when my mind and body start craving the goodies in the vending machine." 

Blueberries and Babybel cheese

"My favorite work snack is blueberries and two mini Babybel cheeses (the light or mozzarella flavors). This easy snack is ideal for work," Rachel Lustgarten, a clinical dietitian at Weill Cornell Medicine, said. "I wash a pint of blueberries at home and throw them in a Tupperware to prevent mushing on my commute. The blueberries are high-fiber and hydrating -- plus you get a lot of bang for your bite, as one cup has only 80 calories."

She said the cheese adds tartness to the sweetness of the berries, as well as protein to control hunger until your next meal.

Apple and roasted chickpeas or fava beans

"I always recommend having a snack that provides a combination of macronutrients, specifically carbohydrates and protein or healthy fat. This combo is satiating and keeps blood sugar levels steady, which means I can keep on working for a few hours before I'm hungry again," said Jessica Levinson, culinary nutritionist. "Apples and roasted beans are especially good while I'm at work because they're easy to pack and take on the go, they satisfy both sweet and salty cravings, and it's not as messy as some other snacks."

Mug of soup

"One of my favorite snacks is a mug of soup. I pretty much always have soup in my test kitchen fridge or freezer and find that it makes a filling, comforting and healthy snack," said Ellie Krieger, cookbook author and host of Ellie's Real Good Food on public television. "There is always some kind of vegetable in my soup and usually a protein like beans, lentils or chicken. Eaten in a mug-sized portion, it is just the right amount of wholesome food that provides a nice even release of energy to get me through until dinner."

Full-fat plain Greek yogurt with chia seeds and cacao powder

"I am a chocoholic and tend to get sugar cravings in the afternoon. This snack is a perfect combo of fat, protein and fiber to keep me feeling full for hours as well as giving me sustained energy for evening workouts," said Martha McKittrick, a nutritionist and certified health coach. "And the dark cocoa is enough of a chocolate taste to satisfy those cravings but not so sweet to trigger me to want more."

Peanut butter or dry-roasted chickpeas

"I often keep a bag of the Good Bean dry-roasted chickpeas (sea salt flavor) and a jar of peanut butter in my desk drawer and alternate between two handfuls of the former or two spoonfuls of the latter," said Tamara Duker Freuman, a registered dietitian. "They're super fast, so I can grab a bite in between patients on a busy day, and they're super satiating, owing to the protein and fiber/healthy fat. They're also shelf-stable, so no need to worry about spoilage if they live in my desk drawer for a while."

Veggies with hummus

"My favorite work snack is any colorful and fiber-rich veggie. Veggies not only help keep me full between meals but snacking on them is also an easy way to help meet my daily vegetable goals," said Chris Vogliano, researcher and former teacher of food systems at the University of Washington. "I opt for fresh-cut carrots, red bell peppers or, if I'm feeling a bit spicy, sliced radishes."

Italian taralli crackers and string cheese

"When I am busy at work, I really like a snack that is easy to grab and even easier to eat. My go-to these days is one string cheese with four to five original flavor Italian taralli crackers," said Keri Gans, nutritionist and author of The Small Change Diet. "The protein from the cheese and the carbs from the crackers are the perfect combos to get me through the rest of my afternoon. The flavor (of the taralli crackers) is so good, I can enjoy them with nothing on them!"

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