9 Healthy Snacks You Can Eat At Your DeskNutrition Tips
Nothing gets in the way of a productive day more than an afternoon slump, so don’t let that late afternoon sleepy, sluggish feeling leave you reaching for the coffee and chocolate biscuits for a pick-me-up! Here are my top healthy, office-friendly snacks that will give you a natural energy boost while keeping your blood sugar levels steady.
1. DIY trail mix
Instead of buying a pre-packed trail mix which could be loaded with additives and other nasties, build your own! Make it as simple or as sophisticated as you like by combining your favourite nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and whatever else for a handy desk-draw snack. Hot tip: Portion it out into 1/4 cups so as not to eat it all at once!
2. Half an avocado
Why limit this good-for-you fruit to a salad, when they are just as delish eaten alone? With a decent amount of heart-healthy fats and fibre, avocados make a perfect mid-afternoon munch. Sprinkle with black pepper and real salt, if required, and enjoy!
3. Oat cakes & nut butter
This great combination of slow-releasing carbohydrates, essential fats, and protein is a match made in heaven. Not a fan of oat cakes? Try nut butter with apple instead!
4. Crudites and hummus
Portable, quick, and easy, with the bonus of both the chickpeas and the veggies counting towards your five-a-day, crudites and hummus are a firm favourite of mine and a definite winner! Use my hummus recipe to make your own, or alternatively, grab a tub from the shop and dip away with raw carrot sticks, sweet peppers, celery, or cucumber. Yum!
5. Snack bars
Not all snack bars are created equal. Although dubbed as a ‘health food’, some can actually contain as much sugar as a chocolate bar – which is exactly NOT what you need. Hunt for snack bars that have a good serving of protein (if it contains around 8g, that’s superb), fibre, and is not loaded with sugar, keeping in mind that 4g of sugar equals 1 teaspoon.
6. Fruit, yogurt and seeds
Simple as 1-2-3! Fresh berries, plain yogurt, and chia, or sunflower seeds, will give you a creamy, fruity snack that will satisfy and sustain energy levels well past home time.
7. Fresh fruit
Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, fresh fruit is a decent snack choice. The natural sugar will give you the needed energy while the fibre make you feel full. However, if you’re really quite hungry or are concerned with your blood sugar, balance your fruit with a small handful of nuts for protein.
8. Roasted chickpeas
Crispy, crunchy, oven-roasted chickpeas make for a great savoury snack and alternative to nuts, popcorn, and crisps. High in protein, low GI, and they’re a fantastic way of sneaking extra fibre into your diet. Dig in!
9. Edamame beans
Edamame beans aren’t just for vegans but as they are a complete protein, they’re a great option for anyone. Team with salt or some soy sauce for extra yumminess!