The working day is long and it can be difficult to maintain a healthy balanced diet throughout the eight or nine hour working day unless it is carefully planned. We all snack at work, and we need to. Studies show that eating regularly decent portion sizes, as in every four hours keeps our metabolism in order and energy at required high levels.
When we are at work it is very easy to just pop down to the staff canteen or vending machine to pick up some convenient unhealthy food. Why not plan and prepare ahead? We suggest you bring your healthy snacks to work rather than opting for the easy option. Prepare nutritious, healthy snacks and you are guaranteed to feel the better of it.
Instead of opting for a bag of crisps, chocolate and a soft drink there are many alternatives for you to explore. Pick up a piece of fruit, an apple, banana or pear or try new fruit every day. Here are a few healthy snack ideas that you can prepare yourself. What’s best is they are all less than 200 calories, take a look!
Tasty And Healthy Snack Ideas For Work
On cold winter days like today there’s nothing like a warm snack to put some heat into your day or even start the day on. This simple and satisfying treat can be popped in the microwave for just a few minutes. Use plain oatmeal and add healthy toppings to your own taste like cinnamon, raisins or nutmeg, not just a topping of taste but a topping of nutrients too. Oatmeal is good for your heart it helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease. This is perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.
If you are craving a bag of crisps, make a conscious effort to choose a healthier option of nuts. Nuts are full of heart healthy fats. Their calorie count is quite dense so make sure you measure out a healthy portion. Nuts are perfect for nibbling on when that 3pm hunger kicks in. Almonds, peanuts and cashew nuts are all a great source of protein, fiber, calcium and vitamin E so it is a win win for taste and nutrition.
Carrots and Hummus
Hummus is a tasty nutritious dip that can be served with so many fresh vegetables, our favorite is carrot sticks. Hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas or alternatively made with soybeans, black eyed peas and other healthy legumes. This snack is full of fiber so it is the perfect snack to redirect hunger in the middle of the day and guaranteed to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
We all get those cravings for something sweet after lunch. Try to resist the urge to buy a chocolate bar loaded in sugar and opt for a healthy natural bar instead. Cereal bars are a great source of fiber and usually fulfill any craving. Most of them contain no added sugar and are made from wholesome natural ingredients like cashews, cranberries, dates and almonds. Rich in fiber, low in sodium and packed with vitamins and minerals, these are the perfect afternoon treat and all for a pretty low calorie count, its win win.
Split Pea Crisps
This is a snack that you should prepare at home over the weekend and have stored in an airtight container to snack on whenever you care to during the week when cravings kick in. In order to prepare you will need to soak 1 cup of dried yellow split peas in 3 cups of water for 4 ½ hours. Coat a large skillet with oil on medium heat and add half of the peas, cook them stirring frequently until golden brown and crunchy, season with salt and you will have prepared 12 servings to fulfill your peckish moments during the week.
Popcorn and Cheese
Popcorn is one of everyone’s favorite snacks, but there’s nothing quite like popcorn topped with Parmesan. The nutty flavors of the popcorn are perfectly complemented by cheese that will melt when popcorn is fresh from the microwave or pot. What’s best is that popcorn counts as one of you daily servings of whole grains and it can have a positive effect on your energy and mood.
These healthy snacks are perfect for when you have the munchies in the office. It is time to avoid the vending machine or the quick trip to the closest convenience store. It is just a matter of being prepared and getting used to it.