It's all well and good to eat right at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the very crucial, and often overlooked, food-consuming times are the blocks in between these three mealtimes. Because what's the point in having a balanced brekkie if you're going to dig into a packet of crisps to get you through 'til lunch, right?
We are all partial to that mid-afternoon office snack to beat that dreary post-lunch slump at work. However, before you bust out your chocolate bars or caffeine from the pantry for a much-needed energy boost, consider this: these snacks are not only going to leave you in a worse energy slump but eating them as your daily staple snack will actually affect your health in the long run.
Snacking is a temptation that if not controlled can damage the health. But the good thing is that there is always a healthy way to have some snacks. And often they are the ones recommended by a nutritionist.
Here are 6 healthy snacks approved by a nutritionist:
1. Roasted / Boiled Sweet Potatoes With Tuna
Sweet potatoes make for a great filling and nutritious snack - and the best part, boiling them before work takes practically no time at all. Nutritionists recommend preparing a batch of sweet potatoes before a work week and keeping them in the fridge. When boiled, sweet potatoes become a deliciously soft and sweet treat. To make it even tastier, stuff it with a little tuna for a perfect healthy mini-meal.
2. Fresh Fruit With Nut Butter And Raw Nut And Seed Mix
Fruit is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, the addition of nut butter will help slow the absorption of sugars in the fruit and increase satiety. Snacking on fruit will help you easily reach your 2 daily serves. Nuts and seeds are sources of plant-based protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats, sure to curb appetite until the next meal.
3. Dark Chocolate
Because there is always sugar-filled office candy lying around in the pantry or your co-worker's desk, bring your own sweet snacks in single servings to avoid the temptation. Opt for dark chocolate bars with almonds or otherwise instead of regular milk chocolate bars or candy. Dark chocolate is one of the best sources of antioxidants you can find and is proven to improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease.
4. Miso Soup Sachet
Miso soup is made from fermented soybean paste (miso) and is rich in live enzymes and good bacteria. A healthy balance of gut bacteria has been linked to a decrease in gut inflammation and because most of our immune cells reside in the gut, may help to improve immunity. Look for a brand, which is MSG free.
5. Trail Mix
Keep a generous stash of trail mix on your desk. Vary your mix with an assortment of nuts, seeds (pumpkin, sunflower or flax seeds) and cranberries. This will ensure you'll have a variety of beneficial nutrients like fiber, protein, essential vitamins and minerals, on hand at all time.
6. Hard Boiled Eggs
A hard-boiled egg takes just between 4 to 6 minutes to prepare, making it the perfect easy office snack that nutritionists would recommend. A single hard-boiled egg has about 6 grams of protein and makes for a great savory mid-afternoon snack to munch on at your desk.
Eggs are rich in BCAAs to help you build muscle. Boil a bunch to keep at work so you don’t head for the vending machine. Look for omega-3 enriched eggs, which are good for your brain.
We often miss out the importance of in-between meal snacks. Snacking can be a temptation to health and diet if you do not know what to eat. It’s best to ask for a nutritionist’s opinion on what healthy snack to eat. In this post, I shared with you the 6 healthy snacks approved by a nutritionist.
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