Eating healthy at work? Good luck. The continuous trickle of birthday cakes, tins of chocolates and general tuck shop treats can be difficult to refuse.
Make it easy on yourself by taking healthy snacks in. That way you reach for the good stuff when the munchies attack. Plus you’ll be fuelled and focussed for projects and looming deadlines.
Here are five snack options you can keep right at your desk. No jockeying for fridge space again! They all contain a solid amount of fibre and protein to keep you satisfied until your next meal.
Not just for breakfast – porridge is the perfect cold-weather desk snack. All you need is a mug, a packet of oatmeal, some water, a microwave. Make sure you choose the unsweetened version (yeah, we know golden syrup is sooo nice) and try to resist sprinkling with too many raisins!
Possibly the best snack ever. A handful of nuts is a great protein/healthy fat combo. There are nuts to suit all sorts! Everything from shelled pistachios to naked almonds are all loaded with fibre to help fill that niggling hunger gap. They also keep for ages, so fill that nut pot high!
Wholemeal rice cakes are an easy, shelf-stable office snack. One ricecake contains just 60 calories and some fibre. Ok, they’re not nutrient-dense but spreading them with the right topping will sort that.
Avocados are easy to store in a desk drawer. Simply halve, scoop and slice and mash onto your ricecake. They’re high in healthy fats and surprisingly rich in fibre. Prefer a quicker topping? Keep a jar of peanut butter handy and smear a spoonful on.
These nutritious little gems will keep for a week in a pot (if they last that long!) High in protein, fibre, irons and B vitamins, you rarely find such good things in snackfood. Simply mix one can of drained chickpeas with ½ tsp of oil, sprinkle with a little sea salt or spices.
A pouch of tuna is one of the healthiest, easiest snacks you can eat. Even better, you don’t have to store them in the fridge. High in protein and healthy omega 3’s, they’ll fill you up and avoid a sugar crash.
Lightly salted popcorn is a low fat, healthy snack that feels like a treat. It takes a while to eat, too - perfect for nibbling on throughout the afternoon.
just a request to all office snackers - think of what smells. Tuna fish and popcorn will not be popular in my stuffy office!
Some good ideas here. i had never thought of taking tuna pouches in. Much easier than wrestling with a tin opener at your desk!