Snacking in the office is almost obligatory. With at least 8 hours spent in the same room, sat in the same chair, and staring at your computer, it is only natural that your brain hankers for a distraction and/or energy boost. There are phone calls to make, papers to file, and meetings to attend. You know how it goes! But healthy snacks can help you stay on your A-game, no matter how crazy it gets. Snacks are an integral part of a healthy diet; they help keep hunger at bay between meals. Don’t snack on chips, candy or other junk foods; instead, choose foods that are low-calorie and filling.
A good work snack can make the difference between providing energy and making you lethargic. Here’s how to battle the junk food temptation with these smart choices:
1. Whole fruit: Fruit is the perfect grab-n-go snack. It is a low calorie, high fibre snack that will keep you full and keep that junk food craving at bay. Apples, oranges, kiwi, papaya, peach and bananas are examples of fresh fruits that will keep well on your desk. It is a filling snack and high on fiber and vitamins. Eating whole fruits as a snack will provide an extra dose of vitamins and minerals. Avoid fruit juices as they are high in sugar.
2. Fox nuts: Fox nuts are ideal snack for those watching their weight. Makhana, or fox nuts, are said to be low in calories and high in fibre and protein content. They are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium. This makes them an ideal snack to satiate those in-between meal hunger pangs. So next time when you feel hungry in evening a handful of Makhana can give you truckloads of benefits as compared to a Vada Pav or paav bhaaji. Roast them and add a dash of black pepper to it. You could add a drop of ghee to give it some flavour.
3. Roasted chickpeas (chana): Handful of roasted chana in your office desk can do wonders. It will boost your energy, which can add more productivity to your work. One of the best protein-rich snacks is roasted chana. They give you an amazing crunch along with high-protein and fibre content that can curb your appetite. Plus, it is not a difficult snack to munch on during office hours. Handful of roasted chana is great to munch as a snack with tea late afternoon or evening. Naturally fat-free and sodium-free, they lower your risk of heart disease and colon cancer.
4. Sprout salad: Sprouts abound with antioxidants, proteins, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. You could use chana, mung, bengal gram to use as sprouts. This low in calorie and high in fibre snack will keep you full for a long time. You just need to add lemon juice, chopped tomatoes and cucumber, salt, pepper and red chili powder to sprouts. Eating sprouts regularly can effectively help in weight loss by its filling properties and being low in calories. They are helpful in reducing blood cholesterol levels and detoxifying blood.
5. Handful of nuts: When we say nuts, you should think health! Nuts like almond, hazelnut, walnut, and pistachios are enriched in fiber, healthy fats and protein. So, you should always carry a small container filled with nuts and eat a handful of them whenever you feel hungry! Keeping a bag of different nuts in your desk is a perfect way to have a healthy snack at hand. Nuts are a really good, nutritious snack, but they are high in calories, so try not to eat them all day long. Limit yourself to a handful of nuts a day.
Bottom Line: Having healthy snacks on hand at work is a great way to stay energized and productive. Of course, don’t forget about water. Staying hydrated throughout the day will help you focus and concentrate. Now going to work need not warrant a break in your diet. Try these delicious and easy-to-make snacks to answer those unwelcome cravings!