Since most Americans spend more than forty hours at work, it’s important to focus on staying healthy while working outdoors. Snacks can make or break you, especially if candies, donuts, and other treats are readily available. A healthy snack can do wonders for your afternoon hunger pangs as well as your waistline. Not only is having healthy snacks at work important to keep you on the nutrient track, but it can also help stave off hunger, making you less likely to overeat once you’re done for the day. If you feel hungry mid-afternoon, here are some great snacks that are perfect for eating at work.
1. Unsalted Almonds
Almonds are not only a satisfying and nutritious snack, but they are portable. Before the start of your work week, distribute snack bags of one serving of almonds, about 24 depending on size. You can prepare one bag a day or leave a few portion bags at your desk, just in case. The fiber and healthy fats found in nuts will help give you an energy boost and keep you feeling full throughout the afternoon.
2. Portable fruit
Fruit is a great snack to bring to work, but it can be hard to store it if you don’t have a fridge. Instead, try bringing a portable fruit like an apple, pear, orange, or banana. Depending on the size of the fruit, a small piece contains around 70 to 80 calories, making it the ideal choice for a snack.
Popcorn sometimes gets a bad rap, but that’s only because of the high butter content you’ll find in many store-bought varieties. Popcorn is a whole grain and a cup only has 25 calories! Pop your kernels at home and season them with a pinch of salt and pack them into one-cup portions for work. It’s a great alternative for those who like to crunch on fries or other salty snacks.
4. Dried fruits
If the sugar rush hits you shortly after lunch, dried fruits may be the perfect remedy. There are many varieties of dried fruit, so check the label to make sure there are no added sugars. Some of the most popular fruits include dried cranberries, raisins, and banana chips. Watch the portion as they are higher in calories than regular fruits. Divide ¼ cup for snacking as you work.
5. Vegetables with Hummus
A snack is a great opportunity to incorporate more vegetables into your day. Snow peas, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and celery are great options to snack on during labor. You are not a big lover of raw vegetables? Hummus is a delicious, low-calorie dip that pairs perfectly. The main ingredient in hummus is chickpeas, providing extra protein and fiber to go along with your rawness.
6. Snack bars
It can be hard to find a healthy snack bar that doesn’t have added sugar, which will make it about as healthy as a candy bar. But when chosen correctly, snack bars can be a healthy, portable treat. Aim for a bar that contains no more than 200 total calories. That’s just enough calories to provide you with energy, but not enough to cause your calorie intake to explode for the day. Choose a bar with at least 3 grams of fiber or more and at least 5 grams of protein or more. Also, your snack should contain no more than 8 grams of sugar per 100 calories.