Need a tasty treat to get you through a long working day? Discover eight quick and easy recipes for office treats that taste delicious – and are good for you too.
It’s all too tempting, as you hit that familiar mid-morning or afternoon energy (and enthusiasm!) dip, to find yourself reaching for yet another cup of coffee or a biscuit. But while caffeine and sugar may give you a temporary lift, they soon leave you feeling just as flat again.
Instead, by preparing some quick and easy (and delicious and healthy) snacks, you can give your body a boost that will last you until your next meal time, and leave you feeling much better.
Eight healthy treat recipe ideas for office workers
To help you stay alert, healthy and happy throughout your working day, here are eight recipe ideas from happiness experts FeedMyHappy for healthy office treats – all of which are quick and easy to make, and taste delicious!
1) Roast chickpeas with paprika/lime juice and chilli powder
- 130g (drained) chickpeas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp spice
- Squeeze of lime
Coat the chickpeas in the mixture of oil and spices. Roast in the oven at a high heat till golden brown. These chickpeas are crunchy, delicious and much more filling than crisps. And if you are converted, then there are a range of flavours to experiment with.
2) Peanut butter and jelly oat bites
(Makes 1-2 bites)
- 200g oats
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp good quality peanut butter
- 1 tsp high fruit jam
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mash the banana, and add the jam and peanut butter. Mix the oats and spice together and then add both mixtures together. This can be eaten as it is, warmed in the microwave for a couple of minutes or rolled into balls, put into the oven at medium heat until golden brown.
3) Dark chocolate cherry pot
- 100g plain Greek yogurt
- 15g ground almonds
- ½ 1 banana
- 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
- Handful of chopped cherries
Mash banana and mix all ingredients together. You can spend time carefully arranging this one and making it neat and Instagram worthy, but it tastes just as good mashed together in a slap-dash fashion.
4) Pepper salad pots
- 1 large pepper
- 1 tbsp kidney beans
- 25g feta cheese
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp Italian herbs
- 7 olives
These amounts seem very specific, but if you have the ingredients in front of, you can flexibly alter them to whatever looks best to you.
Cut off the top of a pepper; take out the pith and seeds, and wash. Make sure all the water has been emptied from the inside of the pepper. Mix all the remaining ingredients and spoon into the pepper. Cover with tinfoil or keep in an upright tub.
5) Celery/cucumber snack pots
- Large jar
- 50g of dip
Cut the celery and cucumber into thin enough strips so that they will fit in the jar. Fill the bottom of the jar with two tablespoons of dip, put in the vegetable sticks and screw on the jar.
For the dip: hummus, natural yogurt, tzatziki, bean paste, or make this yummy creamy sweet potato dip by Deliciously Ella.
Not only does this recipe give you a use for empty jars, it is incredibly nutritious. Cucumbers might not look like much but have a multitude of health benefits, including reducing inflammation, fighting bad breath and keeping you hydrated.
6) Crackers topped with figs honey/cream cheese or strawberries/black pepper/cream cheese
- 4 rye/seeded crackers or oatcakes
- 30g cream cheese
- 2 tsp honey or black pepper
- 2 figs or a handful of strawberries
We eat with our eyes too, and strawberries or figs are beautifully decorative, as well as, providing natural sweetness to satisfy a sweet tooth.
7) Green smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1 chopped, cored apple
- 1 skinned kiwi
- 28ml wheatgrass
- 50g spinach
- 60ml water/ coconut milk
Take Diego Davila’s course here to grow your own wheatgrass and supercharge your nutrition.
8) Blueberry, banana and coconut pancakes
- 120g whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 banana
- 2 heaped tbsp desiccated coconut
- 50ml coconut milk
Add dry ingredients first, then your mashed banana, lightly beaten eggs and milk. Grease a frying pan, or use a one cal spray and use a medium heat. Cook and flip till lightly golden brown. You can add blueberries and honey to serve or any other fruits you have to hand.
Get more tips on how to live a happy and healthy life by taking an online course at FeedMyHappy – the place to go for structured, supported and sustained personal development that works around any lifestyle.Hannah Martin