Monday, August 1, 2016

Healthy snacks that you can take to work

Yeah, you get a lunch break (at 'most' jobs) or even a 10 minute break now and then.  Still, your body and mind need fuel throughout the day when you're employed somewhere.  If there's a vending machine there, it will be a big temptation. In fact, it’s easy for unhealthy foods to creep in while you’re snacking.

Let’s say you eat breakfast before you leave home at about eight o’clock.  You’re not going to have lunch until at least one, maybe even two if you get caught up in work.  That’s nearly five or six hours during which your body will need some sustenance.  Most of us just end up taking a trip to that vending machine but how long are you going to feed yourself chips and candy before your body starts to rebel, in terms of digestive problems as well as gaining weight?

Instead, it’s a good idea to pack two healthy snacks per day, one for that mid-morning meal and another for the mid-afternoon.  Here are Five Healthy Snacks For Work that won’t be difficult to carry:

Healthy Snacks For Work: FIVE You’re Going to Love! 

1) An Apple and a Tablespoon of Almond Butter:  You can store a jar of almond butter at work and carry an apple with you.  Make sure you also keep a knife at work so that you can slice the apple and spread the almond butter when you feel hungry - and store the almond butter in a dry area.  An apple contains 116 calories and one tablespoon of almond butter contains 102 calories.  So this is a pretty low-calorie snack containing approximately 200 calories.

2) Whole Wheat Pita Bread and Hummus:
If you’re in the mood for more carbs and less fruits or vegetables, you can go with whole wheat pita bread and hummus.  Many recommend this as one of the best snacks to take to work, as it comes up to about 187 calories per serving.  If you like cooking, you can even make up a batch of hummus and then eat it for 3-4 days.  Store both items in your work refrigerator and enjoy whenever you need a boost.

3) Whole Grain Cereal with Berries: This is another thing that would be easy to store at work.  Just pick up a box of whole grain cereal, a box of berries and some skim milk on your way to work.  Store the perishables in your work refrigerator and the whole grain cereal in a dry place.  This gives you a lot of fiber and a little bit of sugar for a much needed pick me up.

4) Energy Bars:  This is one you have to really be careful with.  You can use store-bought energy bars, but (as always) you would be better off creating your own.  If you don’t have time to make homemade bars, then here is what to look for when purchasing store bought bars.  It is suggested that you look for bars that have more than 8 grams of protein per serving.  You also want to look for bars that have 3-4 grams of fiber per serving, 10 grams or less sugar, and stay away from artificial sweeteners like Sucralose, or maltodextrin.  The advantage of nutrition bars is that they are easy to transport.  However if you are using nutritional bars you do not want to rely solely on them as your snacks. You want to make sure that at least one of your daily snacks contains fruits or veggies.

5) Meal Replacement Shake:  For an easy snack which requires no preparation, you can try a meal replacement shake such as Shakeology.  Store these at work and grab one mid-morning for a filling, nutritious, tasty snack.  You’ll end up feeling energized all day long.  Or if you opt to drink one in the afternoon instead, it’ll help you shake off that afternoon lethargy.

Hope this helps!

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