Coconut Seed Clusters may give the cookie tray the boot! Healthy fats, protein, and fiber from seeds with natural sweetness from honey and coconut make these healthy snacks YUM!
Candy at the front desk. Girl Scout cookies in the break room. Birthday cake at 3:00. Is your office killing your health goals?
These tempting treats are a minefield that can wallop willpower and derail good intentions. So what can you do? Snacks to the rescue!
Office snack ideas
- Rather than a candy dish, greet visitors with a pitcher of cold water infused with strawberries, apples, cucumbers or pineapple.
- Adopt a monthly birthday, celebrating all the birthdays in that month on the first day of the month rather than every. single. birthday.
- Save your extra calories for the treats you love. Don’t waste time on jellybeans if you prefer chocolate. Or if someone in your office is a great cook, say ‘yes’ to those and ‘no’ to the doughnuts.
- A “something now, something later” strategy may be your tool. This is especially helpful for those with diabetes. Depending on the carb count, they could divide the sweet to eat some now and some later with afternoon break or even the next day.
- Downsize the cups and plates. Great for root beer float days because research shows that eating smaller portions of foods satisfies a person just as well as a larger portion. The theory is that once you’ve swallowed something there is not much memory of how much you ate—you just remember, mmm…that tasted good. So take a couple of bites and move on. After 10 minutes you will likely have lost the desire for more.
7 Healthy snacks for adults
Rather than sweet treat celebrations, consider these 7 healthy snack ideas.
- A fruit basket with whole fruit
- Roasted nuts with dried fruit
- Yogurt parfaits with fruit and granola
- A cheese and vegetable tray
- Fresh fruit such as a big copper bowl of grapes, strawberries, tangerines or several varieties of apples
- Deviled eggs
- A tea tasting with a variety of teas
Coconut Seed Clusters give the cookie tray the boot
Or try these Coconut Seed Clusters. I looooveee these little things! ❤️ The toasty coconut, the little bit of salt, the chewyishness and the bit o’ crunch. I mean, for a snack, it hits just about every angle.
These are super easy to make. Stir ingredients together then bake. They can spread, so just a teense of water, please.
So good on their own, or crumbled over oatmeal, yogurt or cottage cheese. I like the healthy fats, protein, and fiber the seeds provide. The coconut and honey add natural sweetness. You may not even miss the cookie tray!
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Coconut Seed Clusters
A nutty, seedy bite with a touch of sweet and salty. These are sooo good! I like them sprinkled over yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit for breakfast. I pack them when I travel. They’re a great afternoon treat.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Snack
- Cuisine: American
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon water
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips or coconut smiles
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cups raw sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Heat: oven to 325 F.
- Stir: all the ingredient together until well blended.
- Spoon: teaspoons of coconut mixture on to baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. Bake 13-20 minutes. Until coconut is lightly browned. Remove from oven and set pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before removing clusters. These harden as they cool, so if they cool completely, may break when you remove them.
You may get more spreading with Silcon mats than with parchment paper.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 80
Keywords: easy snack, protein snack, sweet bite