There’s never enough time in a workday, is there? As a result one of the ways many of us try to save a little time is by eating snacks (and even our lunches) at our desks. However, most people tend to choose snacks full of saturated fat such as chips, cookies, chocolates or fried foods with fatty sauces, while some others may try to maintain their form by starving and skipping snacks, and overeating at main meals (lunch or dinner).
We all know quite few healthy snacks for work, such as dried or fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, yoghurt, dark chocolate, ect, but may not be as tasty and tempting as junk food! This is about to change now because below you will find some irresistible and delicious combinations of super healthy snacks for work that will make you forget processed food once for all.
Pack this perfect little parfait in the morning and enjoy breakfast on-the-go or a sweet afternoon snack. In a small jar, layer your favourite low-fat yoghurt (prefer Greek yoghurt if you want more protein) with fruits of your choice (fresh or frozen), sprinkle with sliced almonds, crushed nuts or toasted oats. This snack is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D, protein and dietary fiber, and you have a healthy filling treat.
(Alternative: you can substitute cottage cheese for the yoghurt on another day)
Nut Butter Toast Sticks
Here’s another one to fit in that travel jar or mug. Toast (or bake) 2 slices of whole-grain bread and cut into ½-inch strips. Place 2 tablespoons of almond butter (or another nut butter) in the bottom of a container with a top, stick the toast sticks in vertically and sprinkle with cinnamon. Screw on the top and head out the door!
Portable Cheese Platter
Who doesn’t love a classy cheese plate? Make yourself a mini plate with a cheese stick (or 2 slices of cheese), 2 whole-grain crackers, and a few roasted almonds. This small but nutritious snack, a few hours before lunch or dinner, can boost your energy levels and help curb hunger pangs, making you less likely to overeat at mealtime.
Veggies with Dip
Beat the high-fat, high-sodium snacks featured at the convenience store and pack a container of fresh chopped veggies such as carrots, celery, cucumber, peppers, radishes and grape tomatoes. Raw veggies fill you up because of their high water and fiber content. Try dipping them in 2 tablespoons of reduced fat dip such as hummus, guacamole or low-fat soft cheese (ricotta or cottage cheese).
Who doesn’t love a burrito? Snack burritos are a great, easy snack to keep on hand. A very healthy choice is a tortilla with lettuce, tomato, tuna (in spring water) and corn with a low fat yoghurt sauce or mustard. It’s so nutritious and yummy!
(Alternative: instead of tuna you can add turkey and low fat cheese)
Avocado Toast with Egg
2 slices of whole-grain bread, lightly toasted, topped with smashed avocado and a sprinkling of salt and pepper makes for a flavorful and rich base. Top that with two sunny-side-up eggs for a healthy dose of protein, and you’ve got a well-rounded snack.
(Alternative: you can cook the yolks a bit more and make the whole thing into a sandwich)
Few pairings are more comforting than a classic peanut butter with banana. Simply top an unsalted rice cake or whole-grain toast with your favourite nut butter and a sliced banana. Sprinkle with cinnamon or with chia seeds for some extra healthy benefits!
(Alternative: sliced apple with tahini)
Dice a half-inch thick slice of cheddar cheese into squares and rinse some grapes. On toothpicks, stack the grape and cheese, and enjoy! This combination of the two offers you a good dose of high quality protein, calcium, vitamin A, riboflavin, vitamin B12, phosphorus and zinc from cheese, vitamins A, C, B6, folate and minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium from grapes.
If you’re having a sweet attack and are looking for a healthy and delicious treat that isn’t loaded with sugar, reach for one that is all natural. They are rich in fiber, low in sodium and loaded with vitamins. Pack these convenient clusters in a purse or pocket for an instantly sweet and filling snack.
Whoever said oatmeal is just for breakfast? Add sliced banana, raisins, berries or diced apple to an oatmeal afternoon snack.
On-The-Go Trail Mix
Sometimes, simple is just better! In a medium bowl, combine dried fruits (such as cranberries, apricots, cherries, raisins) pecans, and dark chocolate. Divide among resealable plastic bags. Although this is an easy and quick to prepare snack, it is full of antioxidants, protein and omega-6 fatty acids. Clinical research found that eating about a handful of pecans each day may help lower cholesterol levels.
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