Our body functions so expertly at ensuring we are healthy that we tend to neglect it. However, it can take so much abuse before it starts showing signs of distress.
On too many occasions I have observed the poor snacking options that were prone to my fellow coworkers. And I admit to often being as guilty as charged when work demands were overwhelming or from lack of healthy food options in my work area. Or so I told myself. As you can imagine, they were just excuses I was giving myself as to why I was not eating the right foods and why I continued indulging in them every chance I got.
A caffeinated body induced with high sugary treats such as donuts, or processed foods and chips can only take you so far during the day.
Have you ever wondered why you felt your energy levels were down or found it hard to focus at work? Try substituting oil for another source of fuel in your car and see how far it takes you before it starts giving you problems.
Your body is the same! Arm it with the nutrients it needs to operate and it will handsomely reward you for it.
If you constantly feel low and unmotivated, then this article is for you! We will go over some good office snacks that will get you energetic at work and keep you satisfied.
During work hours, it is quite easy to eat more than necessary and eat the wrong kind of snacks in an attempt to keep your energy high. As we’ve mentioned briefly earlier, high sugary treats and caffeinated beverages will give you a few bouts of energy before dragging you down moments later.
What you need is some good fuel that will keep you energized throughout the day. Therefore, it is important to eat the right kinds of food(moderately) to maximize your working potential.
Whether you eat the right foods or not, overeating will reverse its effects and will make you drowsy, heavy, and can lower your energy levels which renders your efforts futile!
I recommend eating healthy snacks in controlled portions that are low in saturated fats and sugar.
Instead of binging on junk foods such as chips and high sugar treats, you can prepare light snacks that you can take with you to work. Here are some great healthy snacks you can munch on as a source of fuel:
1. Fresh Fruits
A good source of snack are fresh fruits such as apples, watermelon, papaya, etc. You can slice them to size and bring to the office with you. It is recommended to eat 2-3 servings of fruits per day and they make for a delicious snack!
This delicious snack will help satisfy your cravings and are very easy to prepare and carry around. It is high in protein content and low calorie intake.
3. Flax seed/ flax seed garlic crisps
Flax seed is laden with health benefits and helps keep the hunger at bay. It is high in Omega-3 fatty acids and high in fiber but very low in carbs.
4. Nuts; almonds and walnuts
Fats are essential parts of your body’s ability to function. And nuts provide a range of nutrients, including large quantities of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. It is very to eat them in excess, especially as you multitask between work and eating. Therefore, it is recommended to put them in small containers (about 30g per day)
Chickpeas are loaded with healthy nutrients to keep your hunger cravings in check. 1 cup of chickpeas alone contains a good source of proteins, fiber, iron, zinc, and many more! It also helps you feel full and metabolize foods faster which means your body breaks down the nutrients faster for a more energetic you. Talk about delicious and healthy! And best of all, very easy to prepare!
When fruits and nuts are brought together, it makes for a delicious snack loaded with good nutrients that gives you the boost of energy you need. You can make them yourself or you can look for the organic brands such as Kind Bars or Trail Mix. I find it much more easier to get them off amazon. They are at a good price you can buy them in bulk and they get delivered right to your door.
Vegetables deliver ample amounts of vitamins including folate, vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin B6, fiber, etc to help keep you full. You can’t really go wrong with some good, organic veggies. They make for a great snack.
Slice one-2 carrots Carrot sticks with hummus
Celery sticks with peanut butter/ hummus
With chickpeas as its usual base, hummus is loaded with nutrients that helps support bone health and boosts your energy levels. It is high in protein and can be paired with almost anything.
9.Gourmet Natural Beef Jerky
For my meat lovers, here is a delicious treat. It has no preservatives and is made from lean, grass-fed beef. Research shows that, unlike grain-fed products, grass-fed beef contains the same healthy omega-3 fats found in fish. You can purchase it on amazon.
10. Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs are delicious and also contains many nutrients to help keep you on your toes. It provides good fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat and is high in proteins. One large hard-boiled egg provides nearly 80 calories.
I have listed some good office snacks to help get you in the right direction at boosting your energy levels while keeping you satiated during the day. While it is not a snack it is also imperative to keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water! 60% of our body structure is made up of water, therefore, drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day is key to maintaining an energetic you.
Which office snacks did you prefer? Let me know in the comments below ? Stay healthy, my friends!