Whatever field you may be in, whatever kind of job you may have, chances are it’s probably interfering with your need to have a healthy lifestyle. Unhealthy snacking at work is among the top reasons for people being overweight, obese, and unproductive. Hence, it is very important to know what a ‘Healthy Snack’ is. Instead of munching on potato chips or pakodas from the office canteen, here are 6 healthy snacks for work; foods that are high in protein and vitamins, and have a moderate amount of carbs.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts have a lot of protein, fibre, and essential fats. Also, they’re easy to carry and easily fill you up. Each nut has its own nutrients and fat levels, so a great way to get a good balance is by making a trail mix with a handful of seeds. A blend of almonds, peanuts, cashews, raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and watermelon seeds can work wonders.
Contrary to popular belief, popcorn can be a healthy snack. But as long as you don’t buy the movie theatre or microwaveable stuff, which is drenched in butter and salt. Popcorn is considered a whole grain, full of fibre and antioxidants. Make it yourself at home – either with an air popper or on a stovetop, without butter and a very little salt.
You can’t build a list of healthy snacks without including fresh fruit! It’s rich in vitamins, fibre, and carbohydrates. Fruits like blueberries, bananas, and strawberries are considered superfoods, meaning they have nutrients and antioxidants that make them extra good for you. As fruits have high water and fibre content, eating it will make you feel full with less calorie intake.
Yoghurt is packed with potassium, calcium, and protein. It also has probiotics – “good” bacteria that help with digestion and protect you from harmful bacteria. Go for plain yoghurt and throw in some chia or ground flaxseeds for extra fibre and fatty acids. Granola, which is higher in fibre and lower in sugar can also add some extra flavour, crunch, and health.
Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can improve your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies have shown it can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.
Chickpeas are a great gluten-free source of protein and fibre. They also contain exceptional levels of iron, vitamin B-6, and magnesium. Roasting them at home makes them much easier to enjoy at work as a desk snack.
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