Guest Blog: Healthy Workplace Snacks by Jenny Askew
Snacking during the day can be an important part of the healthy lifestyle. In the workplace, it isn’t uncommon to be so busy working that stopping to eat becomes a low priority, or all together forgotten! The next thing you know, it’s been five or six hours since you have had your last meal.
The problem with waiting too long between meals is that by the time you remember to eat, you’re likely starving. Letting yourself get too hungry can cause you to overeat and feel extremely full, only to do it all over again at the next meal. This habit turns into a terrible cycle of starving and stuffing ourselves.
It’s better for our bodies if we eat every three to four hours. Small, sensible snacks between meals can help to prevent this starving and stuffing cycle from occurring. When we eat before we get to the point where we feel like we are starving, it’s also easier to make more sensible food decisions. Who doesn’t want to eat anything and everything in sight when they’ve reached that starving feeling?
So what makes a good snack? Consider it a “mini-meal” and include a little protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats, whenever possible.
Here are some simple and healthy snack ideas for the workplace:
- Greek yogurt with granola, or a few almonds
- Cottage cheese with canned fruit (in juice, not syrup) or fresh fruit
- A piece of fruit and string cheese
- One handful of your favorite nuts (peanuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, etc)
- A small whole-wheat pita spread with hummus
- Half of a turkey or peanut butter sandwich
- Two rice cakes spread with peanut butter
- Apple slices or celery sticks with peanut butter
- Whole-grain or whole food-based granola bar
- One hard-boiled egg and five whole-grain crackers
- One two ounce soft pretzel with mustard and 8 ounces of orange juice
- Two cups of green salad with ¼ C beans and one tablespoon salad dressing
- Two graham crackers with one tablespoon peanut butter and one banana
- One fruit leather and 12 ounce yogurt smoothie
- 20 almonds and one piece of fresh fruit
- Raw vegetables and two tablespoons sour cream dip
- One slice whole-grain bread, one slice cheese, tomato, and mustard
- One ounce of pretzels, chips, or tortillas, salsa, and one fourth of an avocado
- ½ cup dried fruit
Jenny has worked in the fitness and nutrition industry for ten years. She currently works with clients in the greater Atlanta area. Jenny specializes in food sensitivity testing, gluten free diets and weight management. Jenny also works with clients to help them manage diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Call (678) 203-1513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment today!