Office lunch break got over an hour ago and you are hit by an untimely hunger pang which is not letting you focus on your work.
What do you reach out for? A packet of chips, some candy or an unhealthy oily snack.
Or you can ditch unhealthy options like chips, desserts or oily snack and choose some healthy snacking options.
See, you spend long hours sitting and working every day. During those busy hours you may not pay attention to what you eat. You eat anything that is quick and easy to get when hunger strikes.
This sedentary lifestyle and mindless eating may take a toll on your health, and lead to weight gain and health issues such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Also, when you eat food that is high in fats and sugar content, you feel sleepy and low on energy afterwards.
So, the kind of food choices you make while at work (which is a big part of your day) not only affect your health but your productivity too.
Here are some healthy snacking options to choose from while you are busy working. These are healthy and delicious and will keep you full of energy during those long hours.
- Trail Mix. You can go for sweet or salty based on your taste buds. Combine nuts like almonds, peanuts, cashew, seeds such as pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, raisins and dried fruits to make your trail mix. You can also add banana chips, they are crunchy and have lots of potassium. Put your trail mix in an airtight container, and it is good to carry in your bag everyday. These healthy munchies will provide you all the nutrition you need during short bite breaks.
- Sprouts Salad. Sprouts contain a good amount of protein and dietary fiber, as well as vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, vitamin C, vitamin A, and riboflavin. They are also a good source of minerals, contain manganese, copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, and calcium.
- Granola Bars. If you are looking to grab a quick bite that is healthy and filling, granola bars are a good option. Eat a bar when you are low on energy or during your evening tea break. These bars are high in fibre, and rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
- Peanut Chikkis. Peanuts are a good source of protein for vegetarians. In Chikki, you also get the goodness of jaggery. Peanut Chikkis also have poly unsaturated fatty acids that are known to lower the blood cholesterol level.
- Low Fat Unflavoured Yogurt. The bacteria in yogurt is good for our digestive tract and aids in digestion. Yogurt also contains probiotics and it is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, potassium, and magnesium. It is rich in calcium and is good for bone health. So, you can easily pick yogurt with muesli as your evening snack.
- Seasonal Fruits and Nuts. You can choose from any fruit such as apple, banana, pears, cherries and combine them with nuts like almonds, cashew, walnuts or peanuts. This combination gives you carbohydrates from fruits and healthy fats and proteins from nuts. All in all, it becomes a well balanced and nutritious snack. Carry them with you when you leave for office.
- Roasted Puffed Lotus Seeds. These crunchy seeds are very healthy. They are low in calories and high in minerals, fibre and also have a good amount of protein. Lotus seeds are very low in sodium which makes it a great healthy snacking option for those having high blood pressure.
- Poha makes for a great snack and has many health benefits. It is packed with iron, can prevent iron deficiency if eaten regularly. 100 gms of raw poha contains around 20 mg of iron. If mixed with vegetables it becomes a complete meal, rich in minerals, vitamins and fibre. Poha is a good source of carbohydrates.
- Roasted Chickpeas can be an healthy addition to your snacking list. Chickpeas are a great source of complex carbohydrates and have good amount of proteins. Chickpeas help to increase satiety, boost digestion, keep blood sugar levels stable, and keep you full of energy.
- Boiled Egg. Adding a hard boiled egg to your body is a good way to add healthy fats to your diet. Boiled eggs are also good for heart health. They are a rich source of protein; and are packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin E and folate.
Few beverages like buttermilk, tender coconut water, tomato juice can also be added to your mid meal munching, to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
Healthy snacking improves your overall health, help you fight weight gain, suppress craving, regulate your mood, boost brain power and productivity and provide energy that keeps you going the whole day.
With so many healthy and delicious snacking options why would anyone choose to eat unhealthy and poorly nourished junk food?
So which snack will you be carrying with you for office today?