Want to steer clear of the cookie jar in the communal office kitchen? Below is a list of our top healthy snacks to keep in your office drawer and make you think twice about grabbing that extra chocolate to munch on when you are hungry.
- Mixed nuts and seeds: provide you with protein, fibre and healthy fats to get you through the 3pm slump. Make your own trail mix with your favourite unroasted and unsalted varieties but be sure to portion it out (about 30-35g) if you have trouble stopping at a small handful. Add some dark chocolate pieces for an extra antioxidant boost and chocolate hit.
- Tuna: Tins of tuna are an easy snack which will help keep your hunger at bay. Tuna is packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and Vitamin D. The high content of omega-3 fatty acids in tuna supports brain function to get you through the working day.
- Instant Oatmeal Packets: Oats are often considered to be a breakfast food, but a bowl of instant oatmeal will keep you full for hours. Oats contain a good source of carbs and fibre and are rich in antioxidants making them a nutritious snack. Unflavoured is best as flavoured options are often high in sugar. Add some nuts and seeds for an extra nutritional boost and top with a small amount of honey and cinnamon for sweetness.
- Homemade protein bliss balls / bars: The options are limitless. Make a batch up at the beginning of the week and store in the freezer to always have some on hand. Bliss balls are a great way to indulge your sweet tooth and with the right ingredients can provide an excellent combination of carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein and can be high in fibre.
- Dark chocolate: packed full of nutrients and one of the best sources of antioxidants, however, be mindful of brands that are low in cocoa content and high in sugar. Aim for 70% cocoa content or higher. Ideally, the darker the better. You’ll also be less likely to overconsume because a small amount is all that you’ll need. It is also a good idea to find individually wrapped squares which provide a convenient portioned controlled chocolate hit.
- Whole-grain crackers / rice cakes: A great way to satisfy a crunchy snack craving. Pair with some nut butter or hummus to get a protein hit to help keep you fuller for longer. Forgot your lunch? Grab one of your tins of tuna and have that with your crackers for a quick, healthy and satisfying lunch.
- Roasted Seaweed: Considered to be a superfood from the sea. Dried seaweed packs a punch with the amount of vitamins and minerals it contains, especially iodine and fibre. There are many different flavour varieties available that will keep you wanting more and more.
- Popcorn: Air-popped popcorn is easy to make in the office microwave or can be made a head of time at work. Popcorn is high in both fibre and B vitamins making it an excellent snack choice. Mix through some turmeric or dried herbs for a savory snack or add cinnamon for something a bit sweeter