Here’s What You Should Eat When You're Bored, According to Dietitians

Kirsten Nunez

Have you ever opened the pantry or refrigerator, only to mindlessly nosh on whatever you can find? Sometimes, snacking on something just feels like a good way to pass the time—even if you’re not actually hungry. With so many of us working from home this season, that temptation may be greater than ever. So instead of breaking your healthy-eating streak by way of high-calorie, processed snacks, take the advice of dietitians to stock your pantry and fridge with these nutritious alternatives instead.

When You’re Craving Something Salty

For a salty fix, chomp on lightly salted cooked edamame. “Edamame is high in protein, healthy fats, and fiber, [which will] keep you feeling full,” says Nicole Stevens, MScFN, RD, dietitian and owner of Lettuce Veg Out. Simply boil or microwave frozen edamame, then toss with some sea salt. If you’re all about zippy flavors, add a dash of chili flakes or black pepper.

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When You’re Craving Something Sweet

Is your sweet tooth acting up? Try this deliciously simple snack from Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, dietitian and co-author of Sugar Shock: The Hidden Sugar in Your Food and 100+ Smart Swaps to Cut Back: Stuff a Medjool date with a teaspoon of nut or seed butter. If you’re feeling extra, add a few chocolate chips or coconut flakes (or both!). “There’s hardly any added sugar, but it tastes like a mini candy bar,” raves Cassetty. What’s more, this sweet snack offers a generous dose of fiber and magnesium, she adds.

When You’re Craving Something Savory

“A perfect savory snack is tuna [and] chopped olives over cucumber slices,” says Cassetty. According to Cassety, this little plate is teeming with nutrients like lean protein, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. The cucumbers also add a satisfying crunch, helping you beat two cravings in one bite. Score.

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When You’re Craving Something Crunchy

Curb that chip craving with roasted chickpeas. “Chickpeas are packed with complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein—which are fantastic [for providing] lasting energy,” notes Stevens. They “also provide a boost of folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc,” she adds. If you make roasted chickpeas at home, try tossing them with flavorful spices like garlic powder or turmeric. See you never, Pringles.

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