There’s nothing worse then sitting at your desk at work and the dreaded hunger pains start to creep in, right? Running over to the local cafe, in-house vending machines and buying overpriced junk isn’t good enough, especially when you are trying to improve your health. Normally prepping food for your week would be ideal but let’s face it, not all of us have that kind of free time sometimes so smart snacking is something that will get us through the day, especially when that mid afternoon craving comes along! Having healthy snacks is what you need to to keep you sharp between the ears, curb your cravings and keep you sailing through healthy living.
Healthy Plant Based Snacks to Keep at Your Desk
Nuts & Seeds
Getting a jar of nuts and seeds together before you dash out of the door is something you can easily do. Nuts and seeds are full of good fats and a great source of protein. Not to mention the array of important vitamins and minerals. Eating nuts and seeds will help nourish red blood cells, maintain brain function, and fight excess inflammation, all while you are getting on with your work day!
When that mid afternoon sweet craving kicks in, dried fruit is a great snack to have handy at your desk. Not only will they satisfy your sweet tooth they will give you a little pick me up as they contain little to no fat and have a good serving of calories making them a natural source of energy. Just remember if you are looking to gain weight naturally then dried fruit is a great supplement. If you are trying to loose weight then eating eating them in moderation is advised.
Remember when being dried fruit make sure there are no additives or added sugars. Look for 100% ingredients! SNACT are a great brand!
Seaweed is a great healthy snack to have at your desk. You won’t need to worry about adding any extra pounds on the next time you jump on the scales either as seaweed is low in fat and controls your appetite! Which is what we need if we are spending the majority of the day sitting with very little movement. Seaweed is also packed with many minerals like iron and calcium. Vitamins A, C, E, K and B and soluble fibre which controls blood sugar levels and keeps bowls moving.
Did you know the majority of the time when you feel your stomach growl with hunger you are probably dehydrated. Most of us don’t drink near enough of the amount of water we are supposed to. I am so guilty of this! Dehydration symptoms include constipation, thirst, dry skin, a sluggish feeling, dizziness, dry eyes and decreased urine output. Aim to drink 8oz of water a day to keep your body hydrated!
Let’s face it there comes that point in the day when you just want an indulgent piece of chocolate. Sometimes that moment comes when you are bang in the middle of your work day so grabbing the right sweet treat is very important! Chocolate bars that we’re used too actually contain very little chocolate (cacao), are full of chemicals, additives and dangerous ingredients. I know how difficult it can be when you are in a rush and just want to quickly get something. Being prepared with raw chocolate is a really great tip. I normally buy in bulk (it’s cheaper too) and make sure I pop one in my bag before I dash out of the door in the morning. Raw chocolates contain only natural ingredients, have all of their nutritional value giving you many health benefits as well as satisfaction!
Switching to these sorts of snack will help keep your energy up and blood sugar stable during an afternoon slump. Do you have any great healthy plant based desk snack ideas? Share them by commenting below so.