5 Healthy Snacks You Can Take to Work

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It is often hard to get through a day of work without getting a little hungry. That’s okay; snacking can actually be good for you as long as you choose healthy foods in the right proportions.

Here is a list of 5 tasty snacks that are perfect for work breaks. While most of them require a refrigerator or a microwave, a few can be stashed in your desk for an easy midday nibble. 

1. Apples and Peanut Butter

  • This snack is similar to fruit and nuts, but with a unique twist. Apples are high in fiber and available in numerous varieties from crisp and tart to juicy and sweet.
  • Pair it with peanut or almond butter with no added sugar; it really doesn’t need it.
  • With 95 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrate, 4.4 grams of fiber, and 14% of your daily vitamin C needs, an apple a day can really keep the doctor away.

2. Hummus and Carrots

  • Traditional hummus is made from chickpeas and sesame oil, so it contains plant protein as well as healthy fat and fiber. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A and potassium, so the pairing makes a balanced and nutritious snack.
  • As far as calories go, one-half cup of hummus has about 200-300 calories,while eight baby carrots have only about 30 calories.
  • Hummus is also good with baked pita chips or pieces of pita bread. Or try other fresh veggies like celery, broccoli, or cauliflower.

3. Yogurt and Fruit

  • Yogurt can be an excellent addition to any diet but can be transformed into something not-so-good if it’s mixed with sugary mix-ins. Opt for plain low-fat Greek yogurt in a single-serve container with plenty of fresh fruit.
  • Packed with calcium, protein, and probiotics, a work break yogurt snack will only set you back about 150 calories.
  •  Pecans and a drizzle of honey are also a nice touch.
  • A one-cup serving of Greek yogurt is an excellent source of non-meat protein, equal to a 7-ounce portion of skinless chicken breast.

4. Popcorn

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  • Popcorn counts as a whole grain and is high in fiber. It’s also low in calories as long as you don’t cover it with melted butter. Keep a few bags of microwave popcorn handy for a quick, healthy snack. One regular-sized bag has around 400 calories.
  • If plain popcorn sounds boring, sprinkle Parmesan cheese or mixed seasoning blends on top.
  • A three-cup serving of popcorn provides between 10% and 15% of your daily fiber needs.

5. Trail Mix

  • Trail mix is typically a combination of nuts and dried fruit, and possibly cereal or granola. You can find all kinds of unusual varieties at grocery stores, or you can make it at home.
  • Trail mix is one of those snacks you can keep in your desk drawer for a few days, so it’s nice to have around if you don’t have a refrigerator.
  • Trail mix can be high in calories, so be sure to read the nutrition label if you are trying to lose weight.
  • Some are packed with sugar or toasted in coconut oils that are rich in saturated fat. To ensure portion control, divide the mixture into single-serving portions.

Source: https://www.verywellfit.com/15-healthy-snacks-you-can-take-to-work-2507679

Author: Devika

Devika, M.Sc, NET Qualified is passionate about helping people discover the power of nourishing real food. She specializes in weight management, therapeutic nutrition, food allergies and intolerances, inflammatory diseases, gut health, and functional nutrition. Her approach blends a conventional health care and nutrition background with natural and science-based therapies.