Tips & Lifestyle

Snacking at the office

April 20, 2012
Snacking at the office

If you work in an office, chances are, you probably never leave your desk, even during lunch. You might be tempted to bring your cutting board and other supplies from home in order to cook a decent meal during your lunch break, but if you have a limited amount of time during lunch, you might want to spend it doing something else. Therefore, you rely on quick fixes that you hope will get you through the rest of your day. However, when 3 pm comes rolling in, so does the mid afternoon munchies and the only snacks available are the chips and chocolate bars in the office vending machine...

But wait; there are healthy snack options that you can whip up the night before or during your day at the office. These nutritious snacks will keep you tied over until dinner and won’t make your bottom any rounder than it already is.

Crackers and peanut butter:
Peanut butter is a power food that will keep you feeling satisfied for a long time. You don’t even have to eat a lot in order to feel full. Just one tablespoon is enough to quell your hunger pains for the rest of your work day. Combine the peanut butter with some whole wheat crackers and you’re good to go. Eating complex carbohydrates and protein will stabilise your blood sugar and you’ll feel fuller, longer.

Fruit and vegetables:
Hardly any preparation is needed in order to bring a fruit to work. Grab an apple, orange or banana before heading out the door in the morning. Fruits offer so much variety that there is no reason for you to eat the same kind every day. Eat some grapes on Monday, a banana on Tuesday and a peach on Wednesday, the possibilities are endless. Vegetables are a little trickier because some of them require a little prep work before they can be eaten. Chop some broccoli, carrots, celery and other of your favorite veggies on your wood cutting board the night before and pair them up with a light ranch dressing that you’ll be able to use as a dipping sauce for a little extra flavor.

Parmesan flavored popcorn:
Popcorn, when it’s not swimming in butter and salt, is a nice, healthy snack...but some people might find it to be a little dull on its own. Add 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese to about 3 ½ cups of fat free popcorn and you will have tasty snack that will be under 200 calories. Who knows, you might enjoy this new take on popcorn so much that parmesan popcorn may become your next “movie night” snack of choice. 

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