You’re at the office and you’re getting hungry. You need to keep your mind and body fueled with energy, but you don’t want to just gobble down a candy bar. Take a look at some healthy alternatives to keep you energized throughout the workday.
Nuts: Munching on a hand full of nuts will give you both the protein and the fat you need for a quick pick-me-up. Whether it’s almonds, cashews or pistachios (put the shells in the nearest trash bin) – nuts are a great snack.
Dried Fruit: For a little sugar fix, you can eat dried fruit. Almost all fruit can be found in a dried form – from apricots, kiwi, pineapple, to cranberries. Mom knows best – remember those little boxes of raisins packed in your school lunches?
Granola: Oats aren’t only for horses. Granola can be mixed with milk or yogurt creating a healthy and filling snack.
Cut Veggies: Whether you like carrot sticks, peppers, cucumbers or celery – there’s nothing better to crunch on throughout the afternoon. And if you’ve never added a little peanut butter to celery, you don’t know what you are missing.
Fresh Fruit: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. What about getting a little vitamin C with an orange? How about trying a banana for potassium? For a real treat, mix it up a bit by bringing wild berries – strawberries, blueberries, and cherries; whatever is in season will do.
Chocolate: Hard to believe, yes – dark chocolate is on the list. Willy Wonka is thrilled, but it’s recommended to eat chocolate with 70 percent cacao or higher. A square or two will give your sweet tooth a treat.
Rice Cakes: On their own they aren’t all that exciting, but add a little avocado or hummus and you’ve created something yummy.
Popcorn: Not the kind you get at the movie theatre with tons of butter, but air-popped. Put kernels in a container in the office microwave and in a few minutes – you’ll have an amazing snack. Be sure to add some seasonings for extra flavor.
Dry Roasted Edamame or Chickpeas: Both legumes contain healthy amounts of fiber and protein. Mix them with different spices for added variety.
Peanut Butter: Add a little peanut butter to an apple or a few crackers. Peanut butter is high in energy and a good source of protein and fiber.
You’re on the go and working hard. It’s important to keep your body fed so you can continue to function in the office. Give yourself a break and take time to have a quick snack. You deserve it.
What’s your favorite healthy snack for the office?