The best snacks to eat when working

The healthy fuel your body needs

Office life can often get hectic, with no signs of stopping or slowing down. Work keeps piling up and the 40-hour workweek hardly seems enough. Together this adds up to higher stress levels, unhealthy lifestyles followed by irregular eating habits. As such snacking biscuits, chips or crackers. Not only does eating these snacks decrease our productivity, the calories we consume are far more than the energy we expend. Making us pile on the kilos. When working, it is vital to eat snacks that keep us hydrated, are low on calories and easy on the stomach. To maintain a satisfying energy level before, during and after work.

Don’t let hunger misguide you

Controlling your food cravings is vital when working. The brain often sends hunger bangs based on food smells and sounds nearby. This ends up becoming a major deterrent to your healthy snacking intentions, as your cravings result in binge eating. What’s more, if there is nothing available to satisfy your craving, you will end up relying on sugary foods that are high on carbohydrates and fats.

The most unhealthiest habit

Junk food options like chips or candy bars are the ones that are eaten most when having the urge to snack. While completely disallowing yourself to eat these may not be the solution, it is a good idea to keep a check on the amount you take in during the day. Bingeing on junk is the unhealthiest habit possible, so be mindful of it. Foods as pastas, rice and breads may be delicious but will drain our energy, so be mindful about the portions. Learn more about potion sizes that compliments your body in this e-book: Eating the right amount.

Water is key

The importance of drinking water when working cannot be overstated. A water bottle at your (home) desk is an absolute must. Make sure you take several big sips before and after every snack / meal, and keep drinking during the day as well. Water has no calories, and helps you stay energized and fresh throughout the day. This is vital especially for those working indoors (in the office or at home) as the inside air can be 5 times more polluted then the air outside which dehydrates the body.

Keep snacks at hand

Stock your desk and/or kitchen cupboard with plenty of snacks other than the regular chips and biscuits. This will be an added incentive to eat well. Pine nuts, seeds and almonds are good snacking alternatives. The best snacks are fresh fruits and veggies. Below a shortlist of healthy snacks that are great to have within reach:

  • Fresh coconut chunks; high on fibre and rich in good fats which will keep your energy level up.

  • Roasted chickpeas; a salty snack that is low on calories and high on taste.

  • Dark chocolate; rich in antioxidants and keeps you fresh. Dark chocolate that is close to 98% cocoa contents the least amount of milk and sugar.

  • Mixed nuts; are high on magnesium. Roast a variety of nuts and keep them in a handy jar or bowl on your desk.

  • Fruits; high on fiber and vitamins such as bananas, apples, oranges, peaches and grapes.

Make your own healthy snacks

When the abovementioned snacks list sounds go to you, then you will definitely love this. The company Make My Bar allows you to make your one healthy bars. The bars are handmade of organic nuts, seeds and fruits. Without additives, unprocessed and raw. Exactly as nature intended.

You put together your own bar from their delicious and honest ingredients, or you choose from their favourite combinations. The bars are prepared according to traditional methods and are delivered to your home address  quickly. So you will have them at hand for your next snack attack. Click on the Make My Bar to visit the website.

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