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The Best Snacks to Take to Work


Walnuts are high in protein, vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, trace minerals, lecithin and oils. Compared with other nuts, which typically contain a high amount of monounsaturated fats, walnuts are unique because the fats in them are primarily polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and are the only nut with a significant amount of alpha-linolenic acid. Moreover, walnuts have insignificant amounts of sodium and are cholesterol free.

Read more: Health Benefits of Walnuts

Basic Healthy Granola

Rich in fiber and heart-healthy omega-3s, this recipe has 20 to 30 percent fewer calories and 30 to 60 percent less fat than most store-bought brands. Makes 2 cups (194 calories per serving).

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The seeds scooped from a pumpkin, also known as pepitas, offer plenty of protein and magnesium, and 1/4 cup delivers a third of your daily requirement of immunity-protecting zinc. They are sold with or without their white shells.

For a tasty snack, rinse pepitas well, making sure to remove any pulp from the pumpkin. Let them dry overnight. Spread the seeds onto a baking sheet sprayed lightly with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, or other seasonings. Cook for one hour at 250 degrees (125 calories for 1 ounce, or about 85 seeds).

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Apple

Sandwich the stuffed apple halves together and wait to slice them into wedges at work; this will help keep the peanut butter on the apple -- rather than all over your storage container.

Fruit and Nut Granola

Another variation on healthy granola, this recipe allows you to choose your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds, and sweeteners. You can also modify the ingredients for a vegan version. (About 190 calories per serving.)

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