Desktop Snacks

by Christine C. Bitoon

Your choice of snacks affects your diet in a significant way, more than you can imagine, even. You may be mindful of what you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but your vendo tips can be ruining your healthy lifestyle.

Blame it on the hectic schedule in the office, or on the accessibility of junk food (around twenty steps to the vendo), but unhealthy snacking is prevalent in most workplaces. It's common among those in executive jobs as much as it is among those in the rank and file positions. Accountant jobs, IT jobs, we all need healthier choices. There is no excuse to compromising health, so start revolutionizing your workplace snacking with the following healthy alternatives:

  • Fruits. If you are prone to getting hungry in between breakfast and lunch, or lunch and dinner, grab a couple of fruits on your way to work. Change it up and make it interesting by bringing a different fruit every day. If you stick to bananas, you might get bored and you might feel that you are punishing yourself through your snacks. Fruits are packed with the necessary calories that can sustain you till the next meal. What’s more important, they are undeniably more nutritious than that colorful and attractive bag of chips.
  • Whole wheat crackers and jam. Or peanut butter! Combine your favorite jam, marmalade or dip with any whole wheat cracker, and you instantly get healthy goodness without compromising taste. Foods made with whole wheat are filling, yet low on the calories and on unhealthy ingredients.
  • Nuts. If you can’t resist crunch, go for nuts instead of chips. Nuts are rich in heart-friendly nutrients and are also filling on the tummy. Almonds are the best ones when it comes to nutrients such as calcium and potassium, and are also very tasty. Look for organic nuts in shops, for optimum quality.
  • Popcorn with parmesan cheese. Buy any plain popcorn and add parmesan cheese to it to achieve a tasty and nutritious office snack. Instead of using processed and powdered cheese flavoring, parmesan has fewer calories and is more nutritious. It also tastes more posh, so if you want some gourmet taste on your snacks, go for this treat.
  • Snack bars. Also known as granola or protein bars, snack bars pack on the nutrients and the calories in little servings, helping you sustain your energy until lunch or dinner. This is helpful if you want to lessen your food intake without compromising your caloric requirements. Just make sure that you check the label for the nutritional facts. Take an adventure by trying out different brands and flavors.
  • Oatmeal. The no-cook oatmeal type is ideal for the hungry employee. It’s very easy to prepare, and it has all the good stuff you need for your body to function well – necessary nutrients and fiber that helps your digestion. You’ll feel lighter; you’ll be able to perform much better.

All in all, these snacks not only help you live a healthier life, but they also make you more productive. Light and nutritious snacks don’t bring about the filled-in feeling that is often coupled by guilt when you finish a big bag of potato chips.   

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