10 Snacks To Keep In Your Desk At Work
Whilst it can be tricky and stressful during period of bad weather or ill health; working a manual-labour job is great for your metabolism, and you’re able to burn calories whilst you’re working. The same can’t be said for office workers though; sitting at a desk for on average eight hours a day can lead to weight gain, particularly if what you eat throughout the day isn’t particularly healthy. A lot of office workers keep snacks and treats within arm’s reach which also increases the amount they eat per day, purely because it’s there.
We’ve compiled a list of snacks and treats to keep on your desk so that when you do get peckish, instead of reaching for a chocolate bar, a packet of crisps or some sweets, you can instead reach for something delicious and healthy that won’t settle on your hips!
Plain nuts (unsalted, unroasted and unflavoured) are high in fats and calories, but don’t let that put you off – they’re full of the good kind of fats. They’re also a great source for vitamins E and B2, folate, fibre and essential minerals. They’re also quite high in protein, with peanuts, almonds, pistachio nuts and walnuts topping the list.
Whilst it may be tempting to purchase and eat a big bag of nuts in one go (we know), 1 ounce is the recommended amount for a snack.
We all know that fruit is good for us – it’s part of our 5 a day and it’s been drilled into us since we were children. It’s a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and it can help to prevent chronic diseases throughout life, keeping the doctor at bay, as the rhyme goes.
That being said, you’re not advised to have more than two to three pieces of fruit per day due to the natural sugars (aka fructose) within fruit. It’s only harmful in large quantities, and it’s almost impossible to overeat fructose, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
In this instance you’re actually better off purchasing a full fat greek yoghurt instead of a fat-free or a greek style yoghurt. And why? A good greek yogurt has a ratio of 1:1 sugar-to-protein, but there are brands that are higher in protein and lower in sugar than those that are either fat-free or greek style.
Greek yoghurt goes really well with fruit and a drizzle of honey. Yum!
Loaded with nutrients that have are known to positively affect your health, dark chocolate is made from the seeds of cocoa trees, being known to be one of the best sources of antioxidants known to man.
A 100g bar with between 70% – 85% of cocoa contains 11g of fibre, 67% of your RDA of iron, 58% of your RDA of magnesium, 89% of your RDA of copper, 98% of your RDA of manganese, not forgetting to mention the potassium, selenium, zinc and phosphorus. It’s also known to help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, raises your HDL (good cholesterol), lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and – randomly – can protect your skin from the sun. So yes, it’s pretty darn good for you.
Ditch the milk chocolates and white chocolates that are full of sugars, and reach for dark chocolate.
Raisins, dates, prunes, figs and apricots are the most common, and most popular, types of dried fruits on the market, but many people don’t realise the benefits to eating them. The process involves taking a piece of fruit and putting it through a shrinking process, removing all of the water. This leaves you with dried fruit which not only can be preserved for longer, but is also ideal for those days when you don’t have access to refrigeration to keep your fruit going.
Still eat fresh fruit, by all means, but it’s handy to keep a box of raisins on your desk in case you get into the office one day and find that your fresh fruit has gone off and you need your daily fix.
Rice cakes and peanut butter
Rice cakes are handy to keep on your desk for when you get peckish. Whether you’re going for plain, flavoured or chocolate rice cakes they’re a great alternative to the likes of bread, biscuits and cakes and can be eaten as sweet or savoury depending on the toppings you choose
Whilst peanut butter can be quite high in fat, reduced far peanut butter is great to keep in your desk to have on rice cakes and slices of fruit.
The healthiest breakfast options are those that contain whole-wheat cereal biscuits, shredded wholegrain pillows, porridge oats and are low in sugar, fat and salt. Wholegrain cereals contain a good amount of fibre and vitamin B which research suggests can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Mini pitta breads and hummus
A handy snack that will keep you feeling fuller for longer, three mini pitta breads with a small dollop of hummus (roughly 2 tablespoons) is less than 150 calories and will leave you feeling satisfied until your next meal. You can add bits to the mixture too, such as a slice of ham or turkey, to add to the flavour.
Fruit bars, whether homemade or shop bought, can be really good for you. Nakd bars, for example, are made with “honest, healthy ingredients” and can count towards your five a day. They make for a great snack and a great alternative to cereal bars and chocolate bars.
Unlike fruit which you’re advised to not overeat, vegetables are an “unlimited” food item that you can eat and eat and eat throughout the day and not worry about the weight implications. Carrot, cucumber and pepper crudités, for example, are a great snack to have at your desk and can be incredibly filling, especially when eaten alongside a healthy dip.
Did you know…?
It’s worth remembering that a lot of the time when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually just thirsty. If you’ve already eaten breakfast or lunch, and had a snack or two, try drinking a glass of cold water. If you’re not hungry the water will suffice and make you feel full, however if that doesn’t do the trick then you’re likely to be hungry so grab for one of those healthy snacks and enjoy.
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