I think it’s highly unavoidable for many of us to go through the entire day without getting up and snooping around the kitchen for something to munch on. Especially if we’re not at home and busy working elsewhere, particularly at an office.
We spend most of the day seated at our desks while facing the laptop, furiously stabbing away at the keyboard to punch out as many emails, newsletters, and articles as possible. No doubt we would have had a delicious and fulfilling breakfast before heading out the door. We would have prepared lunch boxes to bring to work or have plans to eat out with our colleagues.
But what happens in between those meal times? Not everyone would get up to make a cup of coffee, nor would we have the time to whip something up either. And not many offices will come equipped with anything more than a microwave oven, a water dispenser, and a coffee-making machine. But we will need something to keep us going, right?
I say, don’t go for the packets of potato chips, and leave the sweets, chocolates, and candies for the kids on Halloween.
For us healthy-minded folk, we have a list of healthy and sensible snacks that would help us survive the hours of a busy yet productive work day. They’re easy to prepare, easy to store, and even easier when it comes to snacking!
I may not a big fan of avocado but I know many people are, so here’s a snack that you can have at any time of the day because of its healthy fat, fibre and vitamin contents. However, do bear in mind that like peanut butter, the avocado has a high calorie count, so it’s best to consume it in moderation.
Now this is something I will eat without a moment’s hesitation. I love eggs in all forms and manners of preparation. However, it is easier to have the eggs hard-boiled as you can store it in a container and bring it with you wherever you go. Eggs make great snacks as they come loaded with protein, vitamins, and healthy fat, and they can even be consumed at any time of the day. Just a hard-boiled egg or two with salt and pepper. Easy peasy!
A bowl of oatmeal is also a great snack option if you’re craving a serving of carbs. This might require a little more preparation than avocados and eggs (which can be prepared the night before and stored in the refrigerator), but with only 150 calories for half a cup, it isn’t something you need to feel guilty about. Oatmeal contains antioxidants and has been proven to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar. A bowl of plain oatmeal with fresh berries and a splash of milk will be all you ever need.
Perhaps you’re feeling a little lazy. Perhaps you don’t feel like chewing so much. You just want it in drips instead. Don’t worry, there are those days when you don’t feel like you’re up for anything. And we’ll forgive you for that too. So here’s a simple solution to your situation: make a smoothie. Go down the liquid route and load it up with fruits or veggies. Take a vacation with a spinach and banana smoothie or a fruit orange berry smoothie. Surf the web for recipes and make yourself a refreshing smoothie!
Veggies & Dip
There are days when I like my veggies and I like to have them with a dip. You can have it too and it doesn’t need much preparation time either. Chop them up the night before and store them away in an air-tight container and leave it overnight in the refrigerator. Whip up your favourite dip and voila, you have yourself a very healthy snack. For example, you can have carrots (I prefer baby carrots) and pair them up with some hummus. Or you can have other types of veggies like celery, baby tomatoes or raw peppers. The possibilities are endless, you just need to get in touch with your body.
Yogurt is good too, whether it’s your local favourite brands or the Greek varieties. Always remember to keep your portions in moderation and your toppings to a minimum. Eight (8) ounces of plain yogurt gives you about 110 calories and 0 grams of fat. This is exactly what you need to keep you satisfied throughout the day and you don’t need to feel as if the cookie jar is calling out to you.
People have praised almonds to be the best nutty snack ever, compared to the other nuts. Fill up a jar that you can take with you to work, and leave it on your desk. A handful of nuts is enough to fill you up. They might be small in size, but they are packed with a high fibre content, healthy fats and vitamins so don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Or perhaps you prefer a combination of savoury and sweet (nuts and dry fruit). Either way, we all know that it’s time to go nuts for nuts.