Healthy Snacking at Work
This informative post has been shared by Barbara Prud’homme, Health Coach. More of her fantastic recipes and posts can be found at Healthy Peas, Happy Pod (http://healthypeashappypod.com/blog/2013/03/healthy-snacking-at-work).
I’ll admit it – I’m a big snacker! When deadlines are looming and or my mind is working hard, my stomach starts to rumble! And having a stock of healthy snacks can be a lifesaver. It definitely keeps me from heading to the vending machine or reaching for that candy jar! In general, I try to pick foods that are nutritious and fit in, calorie- and nutrition-wise, with the rest of my diet. Here are some simple of my favourite snacks for the office:
Hard-boiled eggs: One egg has around 70 calories and is packed with five or six grams of protein. They’re delicious on their own or with some Melba toasts.
Almonds: Almonds are another easy, tasty choice to keep on hand. 1 oz (about 12 nuts), has 184 calories and good omega-9 fatty acids (the fat that’s associated with heart health). Almonds also have fiber and protein, which will help you to feel full.
Edamame: Edamame is full of protein and fiber! You can buy frozen edamame beans and keep them in the office freezer, then pop them in the microwave for a quick snack.
Cucumbers And Low-Fat Cheese: Cucumber is packed with vitamin K (needed for strong bones) and low-fat cheese is full of calcium. You can even make mini cucumber sandwiches by taking low-fat cheese and turkey and wedging them in between two slices of cucumbers. Sounds odd, but it’s a seriously tasty little treat!
Apples And Peanut Butter: Apples can boost your immune system and natural peanut butter is full of protein. You can even dip sliced apple pieces in plain Cheerios for a crunchy snack!
Trail Mix: Eaten in the right portions, homemade trail mix can be high in fiber. Try making a homemade trail mix with seeds and dried fruits, or can even add in popcorn or whole-wheat pretzels.
Homemade muffins: When made at home, muffins are low in fat and packed with healthy oats and dried fruits or vegetables.
Tortillas: I top whole wheat tortillas with a nut butter (for an extra nutritional boost, you can even wrap it around a banana!), cream cheese, or humus. I try to avoid tortillas excessive salt or sugar.
Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is a great source of calcium, protein and probiotics (which is good for your digestive system). You can also add in berries or granola for a heartier snack.
Crackers with ancient grains: Look for ones with grains such as quinoa, amaranth and kasha.
For a little treat, I’ll admit that I sometimes have some small, individually wrapped chocolates in my desk drawer – like Hershey’s kisses. No matter what you chose, keep in mind that snacking can be a valuable part of a healthy eating plan because regular munching keeps blood sugar levels stable and can help prevent overeating later in the day!
What are some of your favourite snacks to keep at or take with you to work?