Whether you are on a diet or not, it’s hard to get through the way without feeling hungry for a snack. While you are at work, it’s ok to have a snack or two as long as you choose the right proportions and of course healthy snacks themselves.
Take charge of your health. Quit sugary snacks and beverages filled with calories and switch to a healthy lifestyle. These snacks are exactly what you need when you are at work:
1: Carrots with Hummus
This is a go-to snack of many on a plant-based and vegan diet. Hummus is made from chickpeas and sesame oil. It’s a great source of fiber and healthy fats. Carrots, on the other hand, are loaded with potassium and vitamin A.
Pack about 8 baby carrots with a half cup of hummus. If someday you don’t want to eat carrots, no worries, go for another vegetable like broccoli or celery. Hummus tastes good with chunks of pita bread and baked pita chips as well. Sounds yummy already, doesn’t it?
2: Apple and Peanut Butter
Since you are avoiding sugary food, you will have all sorts of weird cravings. When that happens, nothing is better than having apples with peanut butter. Apples are rich in fiber. They have a sweet flavor too. Make sure the peanut butter you choose has no added sugar.
It’s a perfect snack after a healthy meal in case you want something sweet. You can also swap peanut butter with almond butter for a change.
Popcorn is one of the best healthy snacks to take to your workplace. It is a whole grain food rich in fiber. To keep your calories in check, don’t load it with melted butter.
Chocolate or caramel-coated popcorn does not count. Get yourself a single serving bag because, for some of us, it turns into binge eating, and next thing you know you have a popcorn eating disorder (just kidding).
4: Crispbread and Cottage Cheese
Crispbread is similar to crackers expect it’s made from rye flour. It’s available in multigrain and whole wheat variety. This nice and crunchy snack tastes even better when paired with cottage cheese.
Low fat cottage cheese is recommended because it’s high in protein and calcium yet low in calories. You can also herbs or chives in the cottage cheese for extra flavor.
5: Fruit and Yogurt
This snack is ideal after lunch. It’s sweet yet it doesn’t flood your system with calories. Fruit and yogurt also supply your body energy. If any of you are doing exercises to weight loose, treat yourself with this snack daily.
Choose low-fat greek yogurt and get a single-serving container. Add slices of your favorite fruit and enjoy it. You may also drizzle honey for a nice touch.
6: Fruits and Nuts
When everything else fails, fruits and nuts come to the rescue. They are easier to carry as well. You can keep on changing the variety. Pecans with bananas, apples with walnuts, almonds with pear are some of the combinations.
If you want to do something extra one day, pair the fruit and nuts with cheese. These simplest snacks come a long way in helping you stay fit and healthy.
7: Your Very Own Salad
Until dinner time, a small plate of crisp and cool salad is a lifesaver. It keeps you going. Create a mix of green leaves and veggies. You may also add dried fruits or nuts for a sweet flavor. To make it more exciting, choose a nice salad dressing. Only add salad dressing when you are ready to eat. Otherwise, it will make your whole salad soggy.
Don’t add too much of it; it’s where all the calories lie. If you are trying to lose weight, bring a lemon or choose low-calorie ranch dressing. Choosing a salad dressing loaded with calories is similar to making yourself head straight into weight-loss diets fail.
8: Mini Sandwich
When lunchtime is 2 hours away and your stomach is growling, a mini sandwich is one of the best healthy snacks to have.
Choose whole-grain bread, add one slice of ham or the leanest turkey breast you can find. Sprinkle lots of veggies on top and there you go. This mini sandwich won’t just beat the hunger but offer you minerals and vitamins.
You may also pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on alternative days. Choose fruit spread and no added sugar peanut butter. It’s the adult version of the PB&J sandwich and it’s fun to eat.
The moment you switch to these healthy snacks, you will see a big change in your health. The transition may be harder in the beginning. Why not ask your colleagues to join you on this healthy expedition? Feel free to experiment by choosing anti-aging foods such as broccoli, Spanish, nuts, and granola bars.
Have fun munching healthy food!