Feeling peckish in the office ? Loading up on healthy goodies and snacks in your office stash can prevent you from indulging in unhealthy options. So consider these foods before reaching out for that cupcake the next time you’re hungry.
1. Unsalted nuts
When the compulsion to eat between meals kicks in, reach for these, pronto! These bite-sized nutritional powerhouses are packed with heart-healthy protein, good fats, antioxidants, vitamins , minerals and fibre.
A must-have in your office stash, yogurts has a good reputation for being a nutritious snack. However, it’s important to scrutinize your yogurt’s label because many have added sugar, especially the flavored ones. Expert suggest buying plain yogurt (the ingredient label should be just milk and bacteria) and topping it with unsweetened oats (for fibre), whole grains cereals, nuts (for the protein), raisins or fresh fruits. Get a six-pack and stash it in your office fridge (don’t forget to label it yours!) and you’ll have a snack that will sustain your energy levels and keep you full longer.
Building a healthy plate is easy when you fill half of it with fruits and vegetables. Most of the fruits that you can snack on have less than 100 calories per portion while the water content fills you up. While fresh fruits are the best for in-between meals snacks, you could also switch it up with dried and frozen fruits and vegetable! Go easy on the dried fruits, though, as they’re high in sugar. Prepare a portion-controlled pack the day before so that you can just grab it and go in the morning.
4. Wholegrain cereals
Consuming good sources of energy and fibre keeps you going through the day. Oats boost your energy and slowly releases sugar while chocolate bars spike up your sugar levels. Do you see the difference? Complex carbohydrates get you through those in-between meal periods. Baked oatmeal snack bars with chopped nuts, dry seeds and raisins contains 170 calories, 3 gram fibre and 5 gram of protein.
5. Pita pocket tuna
Whole-wheat pita bread and tuna make for a satisfying, protein-packed snack for just about 80 calories. the whole-wheat pita provides fibre and energy, and the tuna brings in the protein. You can also get creative with your tuna (you can stash can of these in the office); spread it on multi-grain crackers or rye biscuit for a smaller snack than one pita bread.