You’re in the middle of your workday and debating yet another cup of coffee. Sure, it’ll give you a quick burst of alertness, but there are other ways to boost your energy and care for your body throughout the day.
We’re talking about snacks!
Whether it’s caffeine overkill or junk food that seems to be your vice, replacing the unhealthy snacks you consume during your workday can be a gamechanger. We’ve covered nutrition tips for fueling your day as well as ways to stay active even at the office. Now, we’re diving into specific snacks that you can feel guilt-free about when sitting at your desk.
Are you hungry yet? Boost your energy with these healthy workday snacks:
A handful of almonds boasts essential fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Eating a small portion of this nutritious snack can leave you feeling fuller than if you’d chosen a handful of chips or crackers. Plain, unsalted raw almonds will be your best bet for the healthiest option. In fact, experts recommend this low-carb choice to diabetics or anyone watching their glucose levels since almonds can help regulate blood sugar and provide vital minerals like magnesium.
While movie theater popcorn may taste good, this buttery, salty snack isn’t the type of thing you want to consume too frequently. Lightly-salted (or unsalted) air-popped popcorn, on the other hand, is a different story. So, what’s the key to making this a healthy snack? The American Heart Association says that it’s all in the preparation. If popped with a moderate amount of heart-healthy oil and not covered with salt and butter, popcorn can be a low-calorie source of high fibers and whole grains.
Apple Slices & Peanut Butter
While you may have eaten apple slices with peanut butter as a kid at the lunch table, this staple snack has stood the test of time for good reason. Apples are full of healthy carbs and fiber, while peanut butter (aside from being delicious) is a source of good fats and protein. The combination of the two is beloved and can provide a surprisingly filling treat in the middle of your day.
Carrots & Hummus
While some people struggle to eat raw veggies, pairing them with a moderate amount of hummus can make for a satisfying snack. If you’re someone who craves a “crunch” (hello, chip lovers!), baby carrots are your go-to. Linked with eye health and reducing cholesterol levels, carrots provide vitamins, potassium, antioxidants, and more. Hummus promotes digestion, helps fight inflammation, and can be a good source of protein. Avoid hummus high in saturated fat and sodium, and stick with the proper portion size to create a guilt-free bite that keeps you full.
Fruit-Infused Water, Sparkling Water & Tea
Drinking enough water throughout your day can be a challenge. Saying no to that additional caffeinated beverage can also be a challenge. Replace your afternoon cup of joe with water infused with berries, lemon, or cucumber for added flavor. Opting for unsweetened sparkling water or herbal tea can also satisfy the craving to sip on something while you work.