Healthy Snacks for the Office Hours
Many of us have a difficult time staying on track with healthy snacks when we are at work! For one the snack options in most cafeterias are not very healthy, and also most of the time there are sweets and unhealthy snacks in the office…….and before we realize we have enjoyed one too many unhealthy snacks that leave us feeling tired, bloated and slightly irritated the rest of the day. I know I personally have been there, so I am sure that it sounds familiar.
The good news that there are other options, that will help you stay away from all these. The best option being, to bring your own healthy snacks to the office or your suggest to your teamleader to make a fruit-abo. Today I am sharing my personal favorite options that will live you feeling energized, lean, and happy all day long:
- fruits are a great morning snack – make sure that you enjoy fruits on an empty stomach, and avoid them all together after 3pm as they are high on glucose, etc. In addition, try to focus on the seasonal and low sugar fruits (e.g. any kind of berries, apple, grapefruit, peaches)
- smoothie is another great option for the mid morning cravings, especially if you are not the breakfast type. You can make it fresh the evening before, or in the morning and the advantage of a smoothie is that it is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and it is a great source of energy. If you can I would suggest making your own smoothie, as a lot of the ready ones have added sugar. If you have no option to prepare it yourself, make sure you check the nutrition label to avoid any smoothies with added sugar. As an idea I am sharing the recipe for the green smoothie that I drink every day, for more click here.
- chia seeds pudding is a great option for anyone with a „sweet tooth“ like myself! They are not only packed with healthy ingredients, but they are super easy to make and you can make a few portions at one time. For some recipe ideas, click here.
- veggie sticks are a great snack for the mid-afternoon cravings. Precut some carrots, paprika, celery and cucumber, and if you feel extra hungry add some homemade or ready hummus. This snack is packed with vitamins, minerals, and it is a great source of energy
- nuts and seeds are a great option to keep in your drawer as a quick option for the mid-afternoon cravings. As both are high in fat, make sure you limit it to a handful per day…..and as they are harder to digest, make sure that you avoid any fruit after that for a few hours. Great nuts options are walnuts and almond nuts, as well as sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Nuts & dried fruits you can also find here.
- dried fruits are another great option to keep in your drawer for an afternoon snack. Be aware that many of the packaged dried fruits have added sugar, so make sure that you check the nutrition label and get a sort that is without any added sugar. Dried fruits you can also find here.
- avocado is super healthy and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and different vitamins (among others), and makes for a great afternoon snack. But because it is so high in fat, make sure that you don’t eat more than half an avocado a day. You can add some hemp seeds at the top for some extra flavor to your avocado
- water – we don’t necessarily think of water as a snack, but not drinking enough water throughout the day leaves you tired, hungry, fugitive, and a lot of times it causes Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink, as this is already too late and you are mildly dehydrated. Make sure that you always have a bottle of water next to you, and you drink throughout the day.
As you can see these are not only easy to prepare, but also easy to pack options, that you can just put in your bag in the morning. All of these are options that leave you feeling energized, focused and healthy throughout the whole day. Give it a try and inspire your colleagues by spreading the word 🙂
Anna:) – Hi! My name is Anna – I am a certified fitness nutritionist, blogger, business owner, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and above all a mother of two wonderful kids. From time to time I also write an article here in the magazine. You can find more information about me and my work on my blog here.