It’s difficult to traverse an entire day of work without getting a little eager from time to time. That is OK; eating can really be beneficial for you as long as you pick solid sustenances in the correct extents. Here is a rundown of delectable tidbits that are ideal for work breaks; the greater part of them require an icebox or a microwave, yet a couple can be reserved in your work area cabinet for a simple early afternoon snack.
Here are some solid choices you can keep comfortable work area—no maneuvering for ice chest space or managing stealing associates. These picks will make your nibble cabinet the workplace MVP.
Hummus and Carrots
Carrots with hummusHummus is made from chickpeas and sesame oil, so it’s high in protein and contains healthy fat and fiber. Carrots are high in vitamin A and potassium, so this is a very balanced and satisfying snack. As far as calories, one-half cup of hummus has about 200 calories, and eight baby carrots have only about 30 calories.
Seeds are a source of protein, and they’re easy to store, quiet, and not messy,” says Kohn. Her favorites are pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
A Small Sandwich
A regular lunch-sized sandwich is probably too big for an afternoon snack, so pack a smaller version. Choose whole grain bread and lots of veggies, and maybe a slice or two of ham or lean turkey breast. One small sandwich like this offers plenty of vitamins and minerals and should come in at less than 300 calories.
Apples and Peanut Butter
This snack is similar to fruit and nuts, but sometimes it’s just more fun to slather a little peanut butter onto fresh apple slices. I love apples because they’re high in fiber, plus there are so many varieties that it’s hard not to find some kind of apple you’ll like. And go for natural peanut butter that doesn’t have any added sugar — it really doesn’t need it.
Yogurt and Fruit
Yogurt is one of those foods that can be an excellent addition to your diet, but it can be turned into something not so good if it’s loaded with sugary mix-ins. I like plain Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, so I just grab a single serving package and stir in a few fresh berries. Lots of calcium, protein, and beneficial probiotics all for about 150 calories.
A plain rice cake is low in calories and relatively bland, so it makes a nice base for most any type of topping. You can stash the rice cakes in your desk drawer and bring something tasty like an egg salad sandwich filling. Two rice cakes topped with a quarter cup (or so) of egg salad have about 8 grams of protein and plenty of zinc, selenium, and magnesium, and is only about 260 calories.
Popcorn counts as a whole grain because it’s high in fiber. It’s also low in calories as long as you don’t cover it with melted butter. Keep a few bags of microwave popcorn handy for a quick, healthy snack; one regular sized bag has less than 300 calories. You can also buy single serving sizes.