When you are at home, it is easy to go the refrigerator or the cupboard and choose a healthy snack. When you are at work, you don’t have access to the healthy foods that you have stocked up at home, therefore, you need to snack on whatever you can find. If you are like most people, at work, you are limited to candy bars and chips from the vending machine, donuts that are put out at the beginning of the day, and birthday cake when it’s an employee’s birthday.
One way to avoid consuming too many calories when you are work is to pack your desk drawers or your lunch book with delicious snacks that are nutritious and healthy. You should avoid certain snacks that give you a spike of energy. After a few hours, you will crash due to the artificial additives and the sugar.
According to Marissa Lippert, RD, the owner of a nutrition counseling and communication practice called Nourish, the best snacks to take to work are the ones that provide a healthy mix of healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. The snacks should also have enough protein to give you energy and to keep your blood sugar and your metabolism on and even keel. Marissa Lippert is also the author of The Cheater’s Diet, and she has a few recommendations for healthy snacks to take to work.
#1 Dry Cereal
High fiber cereals such as Heart to Heart, Uncle Sam’s, and Kashi GoLean are easy to store and they can be eaten dry. You can also add milk if it is available in your company’s cafeteria. You should look for a cereal that has 5 grams of fiber per serving. Not only will this help keep your energy up, it will also keep your blood sugar stable and it will curb your appetite throughout the morning and the afternoon.
In the mid-afternoon, when you start to drag, don’t head for the coffee pot. Instead, you should brew yourself a cup of white or green tea. These types of tea have less caffeine. You can also have a cup of peppermint tea. This type of tea is known to make you more alert and boost your mental acuity. You can keep a few bags of tea in your desk and simply add water.
#3 Low-Fat Popcorn
If you are craving something salty and crunchy, you should avoid the chips in the vending machine. Instead, keep low-fat, microwave popcorn in your desk such as Good Health and Newman’s Own. Not only will it satisfy your craving, this popcorn also gives you a healthy dose of fiber. Best of all, you will have enough to share with your co-workers.
#4 Natural Nut Butter
A great snack option is a tablespoon of almond butter or natural peanut butter spread on a few whole grain crackers, such as Dr. Kracker, Wasa, Finn Crisp, or Kivli. If you want to add variety to your snacks, you can try cashew butter or sunflower butter. This snack provides a combination of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fat. This snack can also give you the balanced energy that you are going to need to get you through the rest of the day.
Nothing beats and apple when it comes to a snack at work. You can either eat it straight from your hand or you can slice it and spread some peanut butter on it. You can bring a bowl to work and fill it with apples and other types of fresh fruit. Not only will this dress up your desk, it will also give you enough snacks for the whole week.
Unsalted, roasted nuts are great sources of healthy fat and protein. Almonds, pecans, cashews, and pistachios are all great choices. Walnuts are a particularly good choice because they are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. This is known to boost your brain health, which can be very helpful when you are at work. You can keep a bag or can of your favorite nuts in your desk, or you can keep a few kinds to add variety to your snacks.
#7 Low-Calorie Energy Bars
When it comes to having a convenient snack at work, nothing beats an energy bar. Before you choose an energy bar, you should make sure that it is high in fiber and low in calories. A few great choices are Gnu Flavor & Fiber bars, Kashi TLC granola bars, and Lara bars. Each of these bars contains a great deal of fiber and they are only around 200 calories each.
#8 Dark Chocolate
If you are having a craving for sweets, you can indulge in a small amount of dark chocolate as long as it is made with 70 percent cocoa or more. Not only will it satisfy your craving, it will also improve your mood. This is because of the effect that it has on serotonin and because it is so tasty. It is important to remember that chocolate contains more calories than most snacks. Because of this, you should limit yourself to just two or three squares.