Healthy snacks for working from home

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Smart snacking can keep your brain sharp and your energy up. (Photo: Getty)

Working from home has its good points and its bad points. Among the potentially bad points is proximity to the fridge and pantry, which can be rough on your snacking habits—especially during that afternoon energy dip.

The solution? A dedicated stash of healthy work-from-home snacks rich in nutrients and flavor, to keep you going—without going overboard.

“Ideally, you’d eat something that provides a combination of fiber, protein and/or fat,” registered dietitian Jessica Cording, author of The Little Book of Game-Changers, tells Yahoo Life. “That helps stabilize blood sugar and give you energy so you don’t get hangry.”

What’s the big deal about stabilizing blood sugar? And what’s the downside to an endless bag of pretzels? Gina Keatley, a certified dietitian-nutritionist practicing in New York City, explains to Yahoo Life: “You can fall into a ‘carb coma’ after very starchy or sugar-filled snacks.” The right balance of nutrients—fiber, protein and fat—makes a huge difference.    

Planning—and shopping for—healthy snacks, in addition to meals (while also managing the emotional work of dealing with this pandemic), is a lot. That’s why we’re so excited about Walmart’s new service called Walmart+. It offers same-day delivery ($35 minimum) on groceries, gadgets and more. Prices are the same as those in the store and online. For a low monthly fee, you can get as many deliveries as you want. Unlimited!

Try the 15-day free trial membership, or join for just $12.95 a month (or $98 a year). You can sign up online, and you’re good to go.

With the help of our experts, we put together a list of healthy work-from-home snacks. Let Walmart+ bring these to your doorstep, and see how much easier it is to eat well with a smartly stocked snack stash.

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You know what they say about an apple a day. (Photo: Walmart)

Cording’s top picks are ‘super simple’ snacks, like half an apple with nut butter. These sweet, delicious organic honeycrisp apples help fill you up (with fiber) and make a perfect delivery system for almond or peanut butter (protein and fat).

Satisfy a sweet tooth in the healthiest way possible. (Photo: Walmart)

RXBar Coconut Chocolate Real Food Protein Bars make it easy to grab a protein fix and get right back to work. Each serving has 12 grams of protein and zero grams of sugar, with a coconut chocolate flavor hit to brighten your mood.

Rich, delicious, and a boon for the gut. (Photo: Walmart)

Great for your gut microbiome, plain Greek yogurt, like Chobani’s version, is the perfect vehicle for fresh berries or raw nuts. And with 14 grams of protein, it’s a superstar in the healthy snack category.

Avocado is that “good fat” nutritionists are always talking about. (Photo: Walmart)

Portion size is a big challenge when snacking from home (at work the vending machine only gives you so much). Wholly Guacamole’s minis are right-sized, so you don’t have to worry about mindlessly working your way through a whole tub of guac. Pairs well with baby carrots.

Hummus for the win. (Photo: Walmart)

Each cup of Sabra Singles hummus has four grams of protein and three grams of fiber, for a savory snack at home or on your way to the market (never shop hungry!). Dip in celery sticks, Wasa bread or carrots for crunch.

These alterna-chips are rich in flavor and Vitamin A. (Photo: Walmart)

Just like ‘regular’ chips, only healthier, Bolthouse Farms’ carrot chips give you more nutrients per crunch. Dip in plain yogurt, salsa or hummus.

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