Are you hungry like a wolf? Or hangry like a werewolf? Either way, it’s time to cruise your den for goodies. What? Wait a minute! The cupboard is bare or there’s nothin’ but junk food. Ugh. (Some days you hate working from home.) Sure, for a few minutes the munch or sweetness quells frustrations. But–big but here–you’re still hungry. Worse yet, your energy is flagging. As in, it flew away.

True Companions: Snacks & Physical Activity Breaks

Mindless snacking is an energy drain. Time to move past that to creating healthy snack companions to have on hand. Right there when you need them during your work day. Better yet, when you want them. You know that having the right snack on board boosts your physical activity breaks. You’re ready to jump into each one, welcoming a pause in your mental action. Snack on board, all systems are go!

5 Power-Packed Snacks

What goes into an energizing snack? Foods that give you sustained energy without a sugar crash. Foods with fiber, healthy fats, and protein are three key nutrients for snacks that work. And, since we’re pack animals, portability is another important criterion. That way you can take your snack-attack partner with you wherever you go. (Yup, there's those wolves!)

1. Almonds & Dried Cranberries

You’ll love this tasty combo for its simplicity and deliciousness. The mix of sweet and savory, plus the satisfying crunch keeps you going throughout your work day.

2. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread with Graham Crackers

This is an updated childhood favorite. The fiber in the crackers and the protein in the hazelnut spread provide long-lasting energy. Plus, it’s just delicious.

3. Banana with Peanut Butter

A classic for a reason, this sweet and salty snack hits the spot every time. The potassium in the banana combined with the protein and healthy fats in peanut butter yield mouthfuls of satisfaction.

4. Trail Mix

This is the ultimate portable snack. Toss a mix of your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruit in a baggie, or bowl on your desk, and you’re good to go. Move over munchies, your mind’s energy is charged.

Nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
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5. Hummus with Veggies

If you’re looking for a savory option, hummus is always a good choice. Pair it with some raw veggies like carrots or celery for a filling snack.

3 Fat-Attacking Recipes

Ready to ditch the junk food and power up with healthy snacks? These recipes deliver sustained energy, gearing you up for your physical activity breaks. To say nothing of the mental heavy lifting you do. So, go ahead and snack away! Your body and mind will thank you.

1. Groovie Smoothie

Start your day off with a hydrating, power-packed smoothie. Fill it with fiber and protein for long-lasting energy. Have fun picking yummy fresh or frozen fruits. Add a touch of honey and play around with vegan milk options to find your favorite. One is flax milk and another is almond milk. Look for those with protein to feed those muscles.

Delicious pink smoothie with mint, straws, and cheries tossed on the side

2. Fuel-The-Morning-Monster Oatmeal Energy Balls

Yup, these boost your mood, stomping on those hangry werewolf worries. Grumpies, begone thanks to this formula! Sure, there are 8 recipes on this link. We’re counting them as 1. Which will tickle your taste buds? They all give you what’s needed to quell hunger. And they’re no-cook, saving you precious time.

3. Whip Up a Batch of Tension-Taming Turkey Jerky

These are lots better for your tummy and palate than those cha-ching costly ones from the store. You’ve got ‘em going with some nice turkey breast, touches of honey and Worcestershire sauce, spiced with sriracha chili sauce, and other zingy ingredients. These’ll fire you up, plus add protein perks.

Pick A Snack To Match Your Hangry Attack!

Sure, now your mouth’s watering, and your stomach’s growling. Hold on a minute before running to the kitchen. We hope you’ll pick one of the power-packed snacks or recipes to energize your physical activity break. That’s sure true if you’re looking for the quick energy of an office boxing session.

Maybe the chocolate hazelnut with graham crackers will do the trick. Or what about a smoothie and yoga combo to release work tension? Yup, sky’s the limit when it comes to finding goodies to stomp on the hangries!

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