We all know it is difficult to eat healthy at the workplace. Whenever we find ourselves in the middle of an important project, with a tight deadline we usually forget to eat or simply indulge in unhealthy choices, full of sugar, carbs and trans fat.
We can’t rely on the friendly vending machine either, since most of the options are sweets and chips. Luckily however, even in today’s fast paced world there are plenty of quick, easy and inexpensive healthy snack options.
Our list includes 7 healthy snacks that you can bring every day at the office. They are all nutritious and can satisfy when the afternoon food cravings hit.
1.Raw seeds and nuts
Both seeds and nuts are a source of protein and healthy fats. They are rich in fibers, vitamins and are easy to store. Since they are calorically dense, make sure to eat no more than 30-50 g each day.
Whether you are a fan of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, Brazil nuts or peanuts, make sure you buy the raw, unsalted ones, to cut down on sodium.
You can have an apple, banana, pear, grapes, berries or any other fruit, since they have lots of vitamins and minerals. They also provide a healthy balance of carbs and fibers, being full in the same time of great natural sweetness.
Dried fruits usually get a bad reputation for having high quantities of sugar. However, it is easy to find unsweetened dried fruits, that only contain the sugar from the fruit itself. These snacks are not only sweet, but high in fiber and potassium. Moreover, they are also easy to store, last a long time and are a great source of energy.
Some of our favorite dried fruits are apricots, figs and dates. Keep in mind that fruits shrink as they dry, so serve a smaller quantity of dried fruits, than you would of the fresh produce.
Once in a while we can also have a little bit of dark chocolate, since cacao is a great source of magnesium – a natural stress reliever. We suggest you opt for chocolate with a content of 70% cocoa or higher.
You can always pack a container of fresh vegetables, such as carrots, celery, cucumbers and red peppers. They have a high content of water and fiber and will fill you up quickly.
You can also dip them in a little bit of nut butter, preferably one with less or no salt.
You can prepare a few boiling eggs during the weekend and then store them in the refrigerator. Then simply have them during the week, as a snack. Simply slice them in half, sprinkle a little bit of salt or pepper and enjoy a healthy and nutritious snack.
Many yogurts on the market are made using “good bacteria”, which is good for our digestive tract. Yogurt comes with plenty of protein, calcium and vitamins, while not having lots of calories.
Feel free to add a mix of berries if you want something a little bit sweeter. Or add some sliced cucumber and a little bit of garlic, in case you are a fan of tzatziki.