Finding healthy food options to curb your cravings during the workday can be challenging. More and more offices are stocking their break rooms with all kinds of tempting treats, some not as healthy as others (craft beer on tap, anyone?). But there are tons of easy, healthy snacks for work that are simple to keep at your desk and munch on whenever you need an extra boost of energy. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
High in both protein and fat, a handful of almonds can be surprisingly effective at staving off hunger. Just be sure to watch out for roasted and salted varieties that can potentially be high in sodium or sugar.
If you’re craving something on the sweet side, you can’t go wrong with a piece of fruit. Packing with vitamins and minerals, fresh fruit gives you a burst of energy to rival any of those chemical-ridden, additive laden boost drinks. Dried fruit will keep longer if you’re worried about spoilage, but check the label to make sure there isn’t any added sugar.
Finding a healthy snack that’s also satisfying is often a matter of determining what you’re really craving. If you’re unable to resist that bag of potato chips, try some carrots instead. The refreshing crunch gives you a similar visceral pleasure, plus you’re getting vital nutrients like beta-carotene and vitamin A. For a little added flavor, try dipping your carrots (or any other raw veggie) in hummus.
In order to get the optimum health benefits from this tasty snack, be sure to buy yogurt that contains live, active cultures. These “good bacteria” can help promote healthy digestion. Make sure you check the label, though, as some brands can have astronomical levels of sugar. Try plain, Greek-style yogurt with some fresh fruit and honey for a touch of sweetness.
Stands for “good old raisins and peanuts,” and it’s easy enough to mix up yourself (and makes for a cheap, filling snack if you buy in bulk). This is the perfect, healthy alternative to pre-made trail mixes, which often contain loads of sodium as well as not-so-healthy (albeit delicious) additions like chocolate candies.
6. Nut butter
Why stop at peanuts? Almond and cashew butters are delicious alternatives. Slather some on apples, celery, or a slice of hearty whole grain bread.
Although we may think we know our own bodies well, sometimes it can feel like our stomach and our brain are on different planets. Occasionally, what you mistake for hunger may actually be slight dehydration – try drinking a glass of water first and then decide if you really do need a snack. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help you feel more full and keep you from overeating, no matter how tasty your snacks are.
What you snack on at work depends a great deal on your personal preference, but if you’ve got specific health or nutrition goals in mind, it may be helpful to consult with an expert. Ace-up can connect you with nutritionists and health coaches to keep you – and your stomach – happy and healthy.