Eating healthy at work- now that can be a tough one; with all the processed foods available within the break room, or indeed heading in to work, it can be tempting to say the least. But unfortunately, oversights on a few occasions are all that it takes to start noticing the effects of unhealthy snacking around the waist. Though, on the other hand, healthy snacking can in fact help you stay focused and keep your energy levels up during that inevitable afternoon slump. So having healthy snacks to keep in your office drawer is a must!
There are many options out there but what are the best healthy snacks to keep in your office drawer? I’ve had a look around and the best options for a healthy snack should contain fibre and protein. These kinds of snacks will help to keep you going until your next meal. They will also help you curb your temptation to snack on unhealthy alternatives that may be lurking in the office. You know what I mean when someone brings in donuts or bags of sweets – it’s so hard to resist!
So where is the best place to keep your healthy snacks? Your office drawer of course! Simply, slide the drawer and nibble on your favourite, fulfilling snack! So to help you stay on the straight and narrow below I have listed my top picks. Eight healthy snacks to keep in your office drawer. I’d love to know what you think of them and whether you keep them in your office drawer.
Raw nuts such as almonds can be a great source protein and good fat to keep you going through the day. Not to mention, it helps you with those pesky untimely ‘nibbles’ which we all get when working through those afternoon slumps, making for a great option for a healthy snack for work. They are high in fat but good fat and you need to eat in moderation. Probably 4 almonds is best. It will keep the hunger pangs at bay and you will get a great source of protein too.
Now before you make a face, this healthy and nutritious snack is an alternative to those fattening chips, and contains key minerals and vitamins, including vitamin A, B, C, E and K, making it a low calorie and fibrous choice for healthy snacking. You can buy seaweed at most specialist food stores or greengrocers. I have to admit to loving seaweed and you will often find me using it in cooking too. It adds natural salt to any dish and gives you a much needed vitamin boost too!
These crunchy go to snacks are another great source of protein, which can easily be stored at room temperature. Making for crispy, crunchy healthy snacking! You can roast your chickpeas at home over the weekend and put some in a bag for your office drawer. It’s low cost too!
Granola bars are perhaps one of the most opted for healthy options when it comes to snacking in the office. They’re easy to carry around and can even be homemade for that extra nutritional and flavourful kick which you want. You can save money on this too by making your own homemade granola bars putting in whichever items you like best. You can also cut to size, so you don’t eat over your limit!
When we say popcorn, we don’t mean the one which we can get from the bag; popcorn in this case involves popping popcorn kernals into a bowl and covering it with a microwave safe plate. After roughly two and half minutes of microwaving, you will have delicious air popped popcorn, ready to eat. Another money saving tip right there!
Perhaps the most opted for office snack, ranking at par with granola bars, has to be seeds; pumpkin, sunflower, sesame seeds and so many more are available to provide a key source of protein. It’s also worth putting some seeds in your salads too to give yourself a much needed vitamin boost along the way.
If you’re in the mood for something sweet, dried fruits are the best option, filled with fibre and the natural sweet addition makes for the perfect snack for your sweet tooth. Though, be careful of the ones with added sugar (you can check the packaging to be sure) which are the unhealthy option. Alternatively dry your own favourite fruits at home over a weekend.
If you are one of those people who like a little bit of everything, then the trail mix is another option for you to choose; you can either make it yourself or choose a store bought alternative (though be sure to check the ingredients before buying the packet) for a healthy dose of dried fruits, nuts and seeds, all in one go, making for your power packed healthy snacks for work.
These are just 8 Healthy Snacks to Keep in Your Office Drawer. What else could you keep there? What snacks are in your office drawer?
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