Since most of the people across the world spend 40+ hours at the workplace, it is vital to stay focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle while juggling a hectic work schedules. Do you know the secret of eating healthy at the workplace? Well, it needs to be a storehouse of having nutritious yet delicious snack options at your disposal. Eating healthy at work seems to be a challenging task and there are few who actually consider can achieve it. The constant intake of trans-fat and sugar content items at your office desk is not generally a good idea with respect to your health.
Avoid drinking cups after cups of sugary coffee or munching chips, biscuits, chocolates or sugary snacks. Better instead to pack your own healthy snacks and satisfy your hunger pangs in the healthiest manner possible. I haven’t always done that though and bad habits can become a habit! Thankfully, I’ve become a lot better at choosing what I snack on during the day. Healthy snacks can do wonders for your afternoon hunger pangs as well as your waistline. If you find yourself getting hungry mid-afternoon, here are some great snacks that are perfect to eat at work or while on the go.
UNSALTED ALMONDS – The best thing about almonds is that they are not only a satisfying and nutritious snack, but they are easily portable as well. Before the start of your work week, portion out snack bags of one serving of almonds, roughly 24 depending on size. Pack one bag each day or leave a few portions at your desk for another day. The presence of fibre and healthy fat found in nuts will help give you an energy perk and keep you feeling full throughout the afternoon after munching few of them.
PORTABLE FRUITS – Fruits are also considered as an excellent snack option to bring to work. It can be really challenging if your office environment doesn’t provide a refrigerator as you wouldn’t be able to store them so it is recommended to carry portable fruit such as an apple, pear, orange or banana. Depending on the size of fruit, a piece of fruit is about 70 to 80 calories, which make it the perfect snack.
POPCORN – Often popcorn gets a bad reputation, but it is purely for the high butter content you will find in many of the store-bought varieties. Popcorn is a whole grain and one cup is only 25 calories! Pop your kernels at home and season with a sprinkle of salt and bag it into one-cup portions for work. This is a great alternative to those who love to crunch on chips or other salty snacks.
HOME MADE COOKIES – If you are a big fan of cookies of different flavours, you can definitely consider it as a snack option to carry in office. Homemade cookies consisting of oats are a more preferred option than the varieties available in the market that feature refined flour and high sugar content. Oats are considered healthy, and can satisfy your hunger cravings. In fact, homemade oats cookies are easy to carry as well. Just pack them in a small sized compact container and bring them to the office.
DRIED FRUIT – If you are someone who craves for something sweet after lunch, dried fruits seem to be the perfect option. You might feel like indulging in chocolates, creamy cakes and other sweet options. But, if you want to remain healthy and not gain weight, opting for dried fruits is better. However, there are many varieties of dried fruits, so check the label to ensure there are no added sugars. Some of the popular ones include raisins, cranberries, banana chips and so on. It is important to look out for the calorie content as they are usually high on sugar. Henceforth, excessive eating is a big no.
SNACK BARS – Snack bars can be a healthy and portable snack option. It is a very challenging task to get hold of a snack bar that is healthy without loaded with sugar. But, if you can find one, there is perhaps no better healthy snack alternative. While buying, you have to make sure that the bars don’t contain more than 200 calories. It is advisable to choose a snack bar that contains at least 5 grams of protein, 3 or more grams of fiber and the sugar content must not be more than 8 grams per 100 calories. Instead of doing any good, a snack bar with more sugar content will actually harm you and also make you overweight. So, choose your snack bar wisely.
VEGETABLES WITH HUMMUS – Including vegetables as a snack option is a great way of maintaining a healthy body. How about including sugar snap peas, carrots, cherry tomatoes and celery in your diet and carrying them to your workplace and munching on them while working. In case you don’t like eating raw or boiled vegetables, you can also try them with hummus. Hummus is a delicious, low-calorie dip that pairs perfectly. The main ingredient in hummus is chickpeas, providing some protein and additional fiber and it is absolutely healthy to consume.
Don’t you think the aforesaid snack options are good enough to carry to your office and satisfy the untimely hunger pangs? They are healthy alternatives that will not let you gain weight and will also help you to satisfy your hunger pangs effectively. Ditch the other trans-fat and sugary items and go for them! Manage your hunger pangs. Eat Healthy to stay healthy!
Let good health be your wealth!