Hello SOTGC community,
Oftentimes, three meals a day is just not enough. Not being fueled with enough food can easily drain you out of your drive and pep. The right snack can definitely help boost energy and brainpower, as well as your metabolism, while the wrong choice can actually send you crashing even further.
When times are busy, it can seem easier to just reach for a fatty, sugary something out of the office vending machine than to arrange for a healthy snack. But with just a tiny bit of planning, you can treat yourself to some tasty, healthy food therapy any time you feel those hunger pangs coming on in between mealtimes.
Here are nine snack-time solutions that are also office-friendly:
Hummus and Veggie Sticks
These days you can get premade hummus in so many different delicious varieties that you can have a different flavor for every day of the week. If you are feeling adventurous, it is not very difficult to make your own hummus as well. Pack one-fourth cup of hummus into a chill bag along with a cup of crunchy sticks of celery, carrot, pepper, zucchini, and/or cucumber for a healthy snack.
Fava Bean and Roasted Pepper Hummus recipe: http://healthyinthekitchen.com/?p=1053
The crunch of popcorn always makes for a satisfying snack. You can always buy premade or microwaveable popcorn, but I recommend investing in a hot air popper and popping a couple of cups to pack in a plastic baggie for a fun, healthy office treat. Instead of butter, spray on some olive oil infused with flavors like truffle, herbs, or garlic. Tossing the popcorn with nutritional yeast will actually give it a cheesy flavor, plus up your snack’s protein content too. Instead of salt, sprinkle on some of your favorite spice blend.
Dried Fruit and Nuts
In a small snack baggie, add one ounce of unsalted nuts with a tablespoon of dried fruit. Prepare a few extra bags to stash in your desk drawer on those unexpected occasions where you will need a quick pick-me-up. For a bigger nosh mix, add a tablespoon of granola or your favorite whole grain cereal into your snack bag too.
Have a real sweet tooth? Instead of a candy bar from the vending machine, reach for a piece of fruit. Fruits with peels like bananas, oranges, Clementines, tangerines and tangelos are hearty enough to survive through the afternoon without refrigeration. Apples and pears can make great on-the-job snacks too. To make it a more solid, stamina-building snack, eat your fruit with a tablespoon of almond, peanut, or cashew butter.
For a boost of protein, treat yourself to half a cup of Greek yogurt at snack time. Instead of sweetened yogurt, opt for the plain variety and sweeten it yourself with a drizzle of a teaspoon of honey. Many stores sell single-serve honey packets, which are far more office-friendly than fetching honey out from a jar. Top it all off with one-fourth cup of fresh berries. Delicious!
We all know salads are healthy to eat, but trying to eat one at your work desk could potentially make one awful mess. Instead, toss greens, veggies, fruits, plus a little olive oil, a squeeze of citrus, and a pinch of salt in the blender with a little water and mix until smooth. Cart it to work in an insulated thermos and now you have one super nutrient-dense, convenient snack! Blending your veggies and fruits instead of juicing them also gives you all the healthy fiber instead of the trash barrel.
Thai Basil Salad Smoothie recipe: http://healthyinthekitchen.com/?p=2099
No spoon needed when your soup is pureed! A cup of black bean, lentil, sweet potato, garden vegetable, cauliflower-apple or other pureed soup sipped during snack time is sure to put any hunger craving at bay. In the warmer months, refresh yourself with a chilled soup like carrot-orange or gazpacho. Simply pour your soup into an insulated thermos in the morning, and you are armed and ready for snacking. Pureed soup is a perfect snack for in the car between locations too.
Watermelon Gazpacho recipe: http://healthyinthekitchen.com/?p=15
Loaded with protein, edamame can make a quick, simple work snack. Half a cup of precooked edamame (out of the shell) is enough to make for a satisfying 100-calorie pick-me-up. Instead of salt, season it with your favorite spice blend and/or sprinkle with fresh herbs.
There are times when we feel hunger pains that are not from needing more food, but, instead, are because of dehydration. If after eating your snack you still feel hungry and off your game, before diving into a second snack, first try drinking a glass of water. Not only can the water help with your hydration, but it will give your digestive system extra time to process the food you’ve eaten and signal to your brain that it is actually satisfied with your snack choice after all.
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Happy healthy snacking!