Quick and Healthy Snacks to Bring to Work
By Alexis Mills
When life gets crazy, balancing between being productive at work and taking care of your health gets overwhelming pretty quick. Finding snacks to eat throughout the day that require little preparation, that are easy to take on-the-go, and are healthy, make for a small selection. Instead of reaching for an unhealthy alternative, try some of the below options that are portable, low in calories and have some nutritional benefit. So the next time you are stuck late at work or are in a rush, here are some great options.
- Nut butter and fruit - Whether it is peanut butter or almond butter, paired with apples or bananas is a healthy and satisfying snack.
- Yogurt and fruit - Combining yogurt with berries, bananas, grapes, or any of your favorite fruit is a yummy and healthy snack. It will increase your fiber, Vitamin C and antioxidants to keep your body healthy.
- Dark chocolate - Eating a small square of dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients and is one of the best sources of antioxidants. Make sure you are buying dark chocolate though and not the sugary chocolate that is bad for your health.
- Popcorn - This is a low-calorie snack when you pick the air-popped popcorn instead of the pre-packaged that is loaded with extra calories, fat and sodium. It's a snack that helps with digestion, immunity, energy supply, and brain health.
- Sandwich roll-ups - Use lunch meat as your outer layer and place any type of veggies or cheese in the middle and simply roll the meat. This makes an easy snack any time of day.
- Any freeze-dried fruit - This is a great option to keep in your desk drawer because it doesn't require refrigeration and is nutritious. Look for ones with as little added sugar as possible.
- 100-calorie packs - While these are packaged, the pre-portioned food makes it easier to overindulge in snacks. You can create these on your own at home or, if you are short on time, find them at the store.
- Unsalted nuts - When it comes to nuts as a snack, a little goes a long way because they are high in calories. When you snack on nuts, don't mindlessly munch like you do on the popcorn; instead, eat about a handful.
Having a lot of work on your plate and being busier than usual makes finding snacks that are healthy, tasty, and desirable to eat can be difficult. It's all about balance. Your diet should mostly be whole foods with very little pre-packaged food.
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