We all know how hard it can be to eat healthy at work and unfortunately, many people tend to make bad eating decisions during the workday.
What you eat all day doesn’t just impact your health and weight, it impacts your productivity too.
These snacks will tackle your cravings and keep you on track to a healthier diet.
Yoghurt And Honey
Yogurt is low in fat, high in calcium and good for your stomach.
A recent study found that people who got their calcium from yogurt rather than other dairy sources lost more weight around the tummy area.
Opt for low-fat, unflavoured yogurt containing probiotic bacteria and add a bit of sweetness with honey.
Honey has been shown to increase the blood’s level of protective antioxidants, and may also be a useful diet addition for people with high cholesterol.
Smoothies are real fillers and can even be enjoyed if you have a ‘no eating at the desk’ work policy.
Throw in those fruits and vegetables, along with some liquid. Make it a little more satisfying with abit of yogurt or a spoonful of peanut butter.
Smoothies are increasingly popular and they are really quick and easy to prepare a smoothie in the morning just before you head out.
Peanut Butter On Crispbreads
This offers a perfect combination of protein, fat, carbohydrate and lots of fibre.
While peanut butter is high in fat, it’s the unsaturated ‘good’ kind and peanuts are a great source of the antioxidant vitamin E.
Peanut butter is also rich in protein, so is an especially good option for vegetarians, and a good source of magnesium too.
Spread the peanut butter on rye crispbreads, which are low in salt, high in fibre and have a low GI ,so you won’t get an energy high followed by a crash.
Seeds are a source of protein, and they’re easy to store, quiet, and not messy.
They’re great by themselves or even better when you put them on top of things like toast, yogurt, or oatmeal.
Most favorites are pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, but chia seeds and hemp seeds are great options too.
Dried fruit can serve as a healthy alternative to your typical snack.
Raisins are the most common type, followed by dates, prunes, figs and apricots but with dried fruits, you must pay attention to serving size. They have about the same amount of nutrients as fresh fruit, but because dried fruits are concentrated, they’re more calorie-dense, so it’s easy to eat too much.
For this reason, dried fruit should only be eaten in small amounts. A portion of dried fruit is around 30g.(source)
Also, some manufacturers add sugar, so look for “no sugar added” on the package.
Popcorn is one of the world’s healthiest and most popular snack foods.
It helps fight cancer, fills you with fiber, and has more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables.
High-fiber foods take more time to digest than non-fibrous foods, so they can keep you fuller longer.
At the end of the day, popcorn is very healthy and consuming it in moderation may even help with weight loss.
Avocado is something of a ‘superfood’.
It’s rich in vitamin E, high in mono-unsaturated fats and a good source of potassium, as well as vitamin B6, which aids the process of serotonin synthesis (a process that promotes good mood).
Spread half a avocado on a slice of wholemeal toast to get a tasty low-GI snack containing a healthy dose of fibre.
If you like a spicy touch, maybe sprinkle it with a dash of Tabasco sauce.
Made from puffed rice pressed together into a cake, rice cakes are often eaten as a low-calorie substitute for bread and crackers.
Although they remain questionable, look for varieties containing whole grain brown rice on the package and avoid cakes with artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.
It’s important to pay attention to how many rice cakes you consume, especially when eating salted and flavored varieties.
Calories, sodium, and sugar can add up fast eating something light and airy. Plain, whole grain rice cakes would be your best option for topping and snacking.
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