Healthy Snacks For Work - Wellness Wednesday

Battling the mid morning and mid day hunger at work is painful when you are trying to be healthy. Sometimes we want the bag of Cheetos or Honeybun because we are hungry, others because we are bored, we are tempted because we are constantly walking right in front of them, or even because we are stressed. 

One of the easiest ways to help you stay on track and manage your hunger with good habits is to bring your own snacks to work. Now I know that is a lot easier said than done, but once you get in the routine of a healthy snack, it will become a lot easier. 

Tip: Count the ingredients in your snacks...not the calories. 

Trail Mix

Find prepackaged trail mix with plenty of nutrient rich nuts ( like almonds) or make your own at home! "Almonds are a fantastic source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect against oxidative stress, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer" - Source

String Cheese

Opt for an organic brand of some string cheese. It has 80 calories, 6 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, and 7 grams of protein. A bag of Cheetos has approximately 150 calories, 10 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of protein.

Fresh {Organic} Fruit

Fruits are the best snacks for anyone who wants to eat healthy, real food full of natural carbohydrates and feel full without consuming empty calories. Fruits provide us with the best form of natural sugars, so they are good for a snack if you are feeling low on energy or if you are an active person, Source

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is a great high protein and low calorie snack. It is rich in flavor and a great base to add some fresh fruit to as well. (Peaches, bananas, berries are my favorites!). One serving of cottage cheese has 80 calories, 2 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs and 13 grams of protein. 

Fresh Vegetables & Hummus

Hummus can be used as a spread or as a dip with vegetables or pita chips. Hummus is a mediterranean spread made by combining chickpeas, olive oil, lemon, garlic and a sesame paste called tahini. These ingredients each contain health-promoting nutrients and when combined, form a dish packed with many health benefits. - source

Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs make a quick snack if you are in a hurry or can be used to sneak protein into your salad at lunch. Adding hard-boiled eggs to your diet adds good fats to your body to keep your heart healthy. Hard-boiled eggs also pack important vitamins to help protect your eyes and keep your bones strong. You get about 45 international units of Vitamin D from one large hard-boiled egg. - source

Greek or Dairy Free Yogurt

Yogurt is another simple and nutritious way to curb your afternoon cravings. Try adding some fruit or granola to your yogurt to kick it up a notch for added flavor and nutrition. 

Protein Shake

Protein shakes are easily found in convenience stores pre-made or can be made on the go in a matter of seconds at your office. They provide low calorie and high protein nutrients for your body.