Our worst food choices are generally made when we’re starving. The trick is to avoid getting to that point of hunger by choosing healthy snacks in between meals. Keep reading today’s guest post by Tess Pajaron for healthy snack ideas to bring to work.
When you make a living sitting at a desk, you’re already leading a fairly sedentary lifestyle for those hours of the day. There are plenty of tips on how to be more active even while working in an office, but the other side of that coin is choosing healthy snacks as well.
Grabbing a quick candy bar or bag of chips from the office vending machine is tempting when you start to crave an afternoon snack, but you’ll regret it later. Instead, be prepared with these 7 healthy snacks:
Fresh fruits & veggies
Whether you’re craving sweet or salty, opting for fresh produce is always a sure bet to take the edge off your hunger and get some solid nutrition at the same time. If you prefer to dip your veggies, opt for hummus instead of ranch dressing for some bonus protein.
For a quick and convenient snack, throw a few health bars in your purse before you leave for work. With the huge variety available, you’ll easily find one that suits your tastes. Be cautious, however – not all “health” bars are as healthy as they seem. Look for a choice that is low in sugar and high in fiber and protein. (Editor’s Note: or try this healthier-for-you brownie made with protein-rich black beans!)
Whole wheat, multi-grain crackers
Fill a bag with some multi-grain crackers for a quick snack while you’re working. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter to your snack for a little flavor. The combination of complex carbs and protein will result in stable blood sugar and leave you feeling fuller for longer.
Cereal makes great finger food, and you can find a huge selection of healthy choices at the store. Look for a cereal that is whole grain and fiber rich, make some single serving snack containers full, and you’re ready for a productive and healthy week at the office. (Editor’s Note: or try this homemade granola recipe!)
For a convenient and healthy snack, bring some nuts with you to work. Packed full of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, protein, and fiber, these natural power foods will satisfy your craving for something salty and crunchy. Just make sure to avoid the candy coated or roasted variety.
You can mix up your own batch of healthy trail mix to suit your taste buds and then separate it into single servings. Make it salty and sweet but still healthy and you’ll be looking forward your morning snack all week. The key here is portion control, so make sure to only bring a single serving with you for each snack.
For a snack that’s full of protein and will leave you satisfied, consider boiling some eggs at the beginning of the week and munching on them at work. You can add some sauce, such as sriracha, for an added dose of flavor.
You can be dedicated to your career and your health with a little planning ahead. When you start craving a quick snack at work, be prepared with these delicious and healthy options. You’ll be more productive, feel better, and maintain a healthy weight – all from the convenience of your office desk.
About the Author
Tess Pajaron is an experienced Community Manager working at Open Colleges, Australia’s leading online educator. When not working, she enjoys reading and traveling.
Do you have any go-to healthy snacks you love to keep at work?