Delicious and Healthy? Stock Up On These 15 Snacks in the Office!
One of the easiest pitfalls when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet for us all can be summed up in one word: snacking. All too often, we’re able to stick to three healthy meals but end up ruining our efforts when we turn to quick and easy, sugar-filled snacks. Turn this around by stocking up on healthy snacks in the office. This way, whenever you need an energy boost to keep the hard work up, you can do it guilt-free!
#1 Feel Full with Raw Nuts
Raw nuts are a great source of healthy fats, fibre and antioxidants. They lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke. Cashews, brazil nuts, almonds, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pistachios and hazelnuts are just a few we’ve plucked from the long list of tasty options!
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#2 Snack on Seeds
There are so many varieties of seeds you can bring into work for midday fuel, with each of them supporting different bodily needs. Chia strengthens your bones; pomegranate seeds stabilise your metabolism; pumpkin seeds give you an energy boost; sesame seeds keep your heart healthy; wheat germ aid digestion and flax helps prevent cancer.
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#3 Stock Up on Dried Fruit
This has been a well known way to replenish your energy between meals for as long as we can remember. As most of the water has been removed in dried fruit, the nutrients are condensed into small portions, meaning even a small amount is full of beneficial properties. Full of fibre and antioxidants, it also happens to give us that sugar hit we love without the negatives.
#4 Wholegrain Healthy Crackers
While many of the crackers in the snack aisle aren’t as healthy, there are wholegrain variations that are true to their promise. Just make sure to read the label! Wholegrain versions can provide iron, fibre and vitamin B. Bet you didn’t think they were that good!
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#5 Air-Popped Popcorn
Once it’s not smothered in butter or laden with preservatives and salt, popcorn actually counts as a healthy whole grain! There are so few calories, it’ll fill you up and taste absolutely delicious without making you pile on the pounds.
#6 Devilish Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate will give you that sugar hit while also providing antioxidants and balancing your metabolism, helping prevent cancer, heart disease and improving circulation. It really is a superfood!
#7 Branch Out with Roasted Seaweed
This is the snack with the biggest love-hate gap on the list, as some simply can’t it while others will become addicted. Seaweed is high in iodine, which the thyroid needs to function. Vitamins B6 & B12 and fibre are also in plentiful supply in roasted seaweed.
#8 Whole Food Granola Bars
Similar to crackers, granola and health bars can sometimes be marketed with serious misinformation, so always check the label to see the sugar and additives in the ingredients. Even still, there are plenty that are wholegrain and healthy! They can be a good source of minerals, fibre, vitamin E, folate, thiamin and healthy fats.
#9 Follow the Trail Mix
Trail mix is a good way to keep your snack interesting, as it’s such a blend of mixed nuts, dried fruits and seeds that it really packs a flavoursome punch. It can also be sprinkled with shredded coconut or crystallized ginger to give you that hit of sweetness.
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#10 Go for Greek Yoghurt
Greek yoghurt is lower in lactose, higher in probiotics and has twice the protein of regular yoghurt. There are none of the additives or high sugar levels that flavoured versions have either.
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#11 Oatmeal and Nut Butter Bowl
Did you know that oatmeal has a high content level of fibre and antioxidants? It’ll keep you going for ages in between meals, and is particularly comforting when paired with honey or nut butter. Nut butter has healthy fats that actually lowers the risk of obesity, unlike other spreads like jam or butter.
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#12 Cool Kale Chips
Kale is one of the biggest superfoods at the moment, and has been for the last few years. We can see why, given it improves eyesight, heart health, and circulation thanks to vitamins A, C, E & K, with very few calories! Pass the bag please.
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#13 Inspired by Veggies
As simple as it sounds, so many of us don’t really bother to slice up fresh veggies for our work snacks, yet the most basic items in your kitchen are often the best source of nutrients and mood savers. Chopped carrots, peppers, cucumber, broccoli, tomatoes and even sugar snap peas are scrumptious with a hummus or guacamole dip.
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#14 Fruitful Work Days
Similar to raw veggies, fruit is often overlooked as a delicious snack, seen as something a bit too mundane on its own, staid and boring. Yet there are so many to choose from, we don’t have to limit ourselves to apples, oranges and bananas. Berries, pomegranate, papaya, mango and cherries are just a few alternatives to freshen up that fruit bowl!
#15 Celery Sticks with Peanut Butter and Raisins
Even though it tastes fairly neutral, celery is full of beneficial enzymes, antioxidants, folate, potassium, vitamins B6, C & K. Spreading peanut butter and raisins on celery sticks gives it an addictive clash of flavours and textures you won’t be able to resist.