Nothing can derail a busy afternoon at work like a snack craving. Instead of stopping by the vending machine, where you’re bound to spend way too much money on not-even-good sugary treats, make your own big-batch snacks the Sunday before your workweek starts. These nine snack-prep ideas are the best way to stop hanger in its tracks, guaranteed.
1. Chocolate Chunk Cashew Bites
Skip the Chips Ahoy and demolish a few of these no-bake chocolate cashew bites. We like making a big batch on Sunday nights and storing them in the freezer to grab on the way to work.
2. Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
Turns out, chickpeas don’t just make hummus. When coated with a few spices and baked, they become a protein-packed crunchy snack—just perfect for those 4 p.m. snack attacks. Divide your chickpeas into five baggies once they’re roasted, so all you need to do is remember to take one to work.
3. Baked Pita Chips
Pita chips can take care of a salty or sweet craving, so you should probably have both versions on hand. Sprinkle half with paprika and garlic powder and the other with cinnamon and coconut sugar, and you’ll be ready for anything the day brings.
4. Superfood Brownie Bites
Your coworker left a plate of brownies in the kitchen. You really want one, but can’t risk a sugar crash. Good thing you packed a few of these brownie bites. Even if you don’t have maca and mesquite powder, these are way better than that from-the-box brownie platter.
5. Baked Zucchini Chips
When you’re craving something crunchy and salty, thin-baked zucchini chips are always the answer. And you thought this veg was just for zoodles.
6. Cranberry-Almond Trail Mix Bars
Don’t spend two bucks on one granola bar from the office vending machine. Save tons by making a tray of these cranberry-almond bars over the weekend, then pack one in your work bag for hanger-related emergencies.
7. Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cups
Sometimes nothing can make a rough afternoon better like a piece of chocolate. Skip the packaged version and DIY your peanut butter cup—you don’t know it yet, but it’s going to taste better this way.
8. Slow Cooker Chex Mix
Plug in your slow cooker and make a pile of salty, crunchy Chex Mix. This big batch will stay fresh for three weeks, but we both know it won’t last that long, right? Oh, maybe that’s just us.
9. Spicy Kale Chips
Let’s be real: Packaged kale chips just don’t compare to homemade. Fair warning: If you open the bag in the lunchroom, your coworkers may expect you to share. And you’ll definitely get little bits of kale in your teeth, so you might want to bring a toothbrush too.