If you are focusing on eating in a more nutritious manner, then it is recommended that you consider eating healthy work snacks. The unprepared individuals will generally resort to vending machine purchases and most of what’s found there are unfortunately unhealthy items. These are certainly not appropriate snacks for anyone wanting to eat in a healthier manner which is why it is important to be prepared. The good news is, you have plenty of options when it comes to simple and healthy snacks that you can eat at work.
Nuts and Dried Fruits
If you are looking for simple, healthy snacks with long shelf-life, then you cannot go wrong by choosing dried fruit and nuts. Dried fruit and nuts make for a non-perishable, healthy snack mix. This popular combination has a good balance of macronutrients, with protein and fats from nuts and carbs from dried fruit. Not to mention both of them are rich in fiber that can help keep you full between meals. Just make sure to avoid the salted variety. For straight-up stacking, mulberries, apricots, cranberries, raisins, and blueberries are the top picks.
Homemade Energy Balls
Energy balls are made from a variety of nutritious ingredients, e.g. nut butter, oats, dried fruit, etc. They are easy to make, nutritious, and clean snacks that are packed with healthy fats and protein. No matter how and when you eat them, one thing is for certain: you will never get bored of these simple treats. Homemade energy balls can have a number of different flavors. From coconut and pineapple to spice and pumpkin, there’s a recipe for every craving. Furthermore, they are also packed with sufficient energy to keep you focused and full. Depending on the ingredients, they are rich in fiber, protein, healthy fats, and several minerals and vitamins. Not only are these energy bites/balls easy to make, but they also kept well in the refrigerator. This makes them the perfect snack for work.
If you want something filling, light, healthy, and delicious at the same time, there really is nothing better than fresh seasonal fruits. Keep a couple of different ones handy so that you have variety in nutritive content and taste. Apart from this, make sure that the fruits you take are easy to carry and munch on. Berries, pears, bananas, apples, and grapes are all good choices. If your office has a fully functioning pantry and you are craving for something more filling, you may also quickly whip up a smoothie or shake. Alternatively, you could carry a healthy breakfast cereal and add your favorite fruit to that for a refreshing and delicious light meal.
Having healthy snacks on hand at work is an excellent way to stay productive and energized. The snacks mentioned above are nutritious, portable, easy to make, and can be stored in a work kitchen or even at your desk. With such delicious options, you can easily stick to a healthy diet at work.
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