Tips for snacking at work

We’ve all experienced that feeling when 10:30 rolls around and it’s just a little bit too early to take a lunch, but your stomach is arguing otherwise. It’s time for a snack. Sure, those donuts your coworker brought in look great, but when your job entails sitting in a chair for eight hours with little movement, sugary and salty foods may not be the source of energy you’re looking for. By chowing down on the right foods and following these few tips, you can start snacking healthier at work right away:

Keep the healthy snacks visible at your desk
If a sugary pastry is right in front of you on the conference table but your healthy snack is tucked away in your bag, you’re more likely to go for the calorie-packed pastry.

Prepare them beforehand
If your snack allows, prepare it the night before you go into work. This way, you won’t be turned off by the fact that you have to leave your desk to go make yourself food. If it’s already right there and ready to eat, you’re more likely to snack on it.

Know the difference between “snack” and “treat”
Although we may want that chocolate bar or cookie to be a snack, it’s probably considered more of a treat. Ask yourself if you’re just eating it because it’s there or because you’re actually hungry and are trying to help bridge one meal to the next. Snacks offer nutrition, while treats only offer calories.

No mindless eating
Eating while working can lead to overeating. It’s similar to when you’re sitting on the couch with a bag of chips and all of a sudden they’re gone. Instead, only bring small amounts of food to your desk so you don’t eat more than you bargained for.

The best snacks to enjoy at work:

A smoothie
There’s no easier way to snack with a smoothie or a shake. But stay away those beverages packed with calories and even more sugar. Instead, make your own right at work! These personal blender bottles can be great for whipping one up right in the office. Pack up fresh fruit of your choice along with ice and water and mix in a few scoops of Naturade Total Soy. This protein powder won’t only add great taste to your smoothie, it’s packed with all of the protein, vitamins and minerals your body needs to maintain a healthy weight.

Apples and honey with nut butter
You’ll need crispbread, a whole apple, the nut butter of your choice (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.), honey and cinnamon. Smear whichever butter you chose over the crispbread, thinly slice the apples on top and drizzle it all with a bit of honey and cinnamon for a snack all of your coworkers are sure to be jealous of.

Greek yogurt
This creamy treat is delicious by itself, but when you add in your favorite fresh fruit and choice of granola, it’s even better. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, fiber, calcium and probiotics, which are good for your digestive system.

We’re not talking about the movie theater style popcorn here, unfortunately. However, this airy snack made in a pot over the stove with a touch of olive oil and seasoning can actually be a healthy snack. This stuff won’t leave you too full for lunch, either.