Many people find themselves glued to their desks working on big projects or trying to keep up with looming deadlines. So much work can take a lot out of you, and leave you tired and hungry. A great way to keep your energy levels up and stay super productive throughout your workday is to keep some healthy snacks at your desk. Though these snacks are great, it can be very hard to find recipes for healthy snacks that are easy to make and carry. So, to keep your spirits up during a tough day at work, here is a list of some amazing and nutritious recipes that are easy to prepare and make the perfect snacks. Check it out:
Roasted nuts and dried fruits
The combination of nuts and dried fruit makes a delicious and super nutritious snack. This long-lasting, non-perishable snack mix has a healthy balance of carbs, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. This is also a super easy and portable snack, and you can easily buy some from any store. The crunchiness of the nuts paired with the chewy texture of the dried fruit, makes for an amazing meal that will keep your hunger at bay, during a busy day at work. Nuts and dried fruit can also be added to many other healthy snacks; like oatmeal, granola, and dark chocolate to make them better.
This protein-packed snack is one of my absolute favorites. It is delicious, easy to make, budget-friendly and the best thing of all, it does not go bad for a long time. Apart from a healthy dose of protein, roasted chickpeas also have a healthy amount of fiber along with some healthy and essential vitamins. Half a cup or around 125 grams of roasted chickpeas can contain around 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, vitamins, and a healthy dose of amino acids. Roasted chickpeas also fill you up very quickly, which makes them great for people who are trying to lose weight.
Roasted chickpeas are very easy to make at home. All you need to do is get some chickpeas, toss them on a lined baking sheet with some olive oil, and your preferred seasoning, and bake for 40 to 45 minutes at around 350 °F.
In lieu of taking a chocolate, take a dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa as it can actually be good for your health and be a filling snack, because the former one contains considerable sugar and milk. Working on important and heavy projects, and keeping up with difficult deadlines can be quite stressful. Stress can affect your performance and productivity in the office. Cocoa has many minerals, including magnesium, which can naturally and effectively counter stress. Also, dark chocolate is a very versatile snack, and it can be paired with many other items, like dried fruit, nuts, or peanut butter. So, if you are feeling a bit stressed due to all the work, try out some dark chocolate as a snack.
Whole grain biscuits
While normal biscuits and cookies contain processed flour, sugar and a lot of unhealthy fats, whole-grain biscuits can actually be a good snack. These biscuits contain a lot of fiber and healthy nutrients. You can take some time out to bake homemade biscuits, but you can also get some great options from the market. These super healthy snacks can give you a lot of energy and blow away your hunger easily. Of course, these biscuits will not be as tasty as the unhealthy ones, but if you find them bland, you can combine them with some raw nuts and dried fruit for some extra flavor.
Toast with avocados
Toast and avocados are another amazing snack combination that you should try out. This snack is also easy enough to make at work, and as we know, avocados have a lot of healthy fats and fiber. Where you might not consider bread to be a healthy snack, considering a whole wheat bread and sourdough bread can actually be quite good for you.
Whole wheat bread has a healthy amount of fiber, while sourdough bread, because of its fermentation has some probiotics and prebiotics, which can contribute to the optimal functioning of your stomach, promoting better digestion. This combination is also quite delicious, and it can help you stay energized and productive through a long day at work. If your office kitchen does not have a toaster, then you might have to purchase a toaster oven for this snack.
Another super simple; yet, nutritious and easy snack is popcorn. Popcorn is rich in fiber and has very little calories. You can get around 12 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber along with many healthy and nutritious vitamins from a two-cup serving of popcorn, which has only 62 calories.
Popcorn is also super easy to make at work. All you have to do is put around a quarter cup of popcorn kernels in a bowl, cover it with a plate, and place it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. If plain popcorn is not for you, you can keep some seasonings like sea salt, cumin, cinnamon, and pepper flakes in the drawer to add some much-needed flavor to the popcorn.
Apart from all this goodness, popcorn is super healthy, and it contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants that are known to obstruct heart diseases.
Beef jerky is another non-perishable and shelf-stable snack that is great for the office. This protein-rich snack is perfect for satisfying your hunger and giving you energy for a long day at work. One ounce of beef jerky can contain a health punch of 8 grams of protein in a 70 calorie pack. Moreover, beef jerky has a lot of iron and many other essential minerals that are necessary for good health. You should try to get some jerky that has a low sodium content and is uncured. If you do not want to eat red meat, you can also get chicken, turkey, and salmon jerky.
About the Author:
This post is written by Line Arias who has been working as a nutritionist for ten years now. She recently collaborated with health and fitness spa, NYC, and since then, she has been working on weight loss’ meal prep plans.