Working in an office job can be sedentary, often with little chance for exercise. This can quickly lead to excess weight and obesity. If you are trying to lose weight, going without food is a sure way to fail. Rather than having a stash of candy bars in your office drawer or succumbing to a donut, try having a few healthy office snacks on hand to help with appetite control and prevent boredom eating. Here are a few ideas to tempt you!
Almonds are a good choice for nibbling. Low in carbohydrates, they curb the appetite and satisfy hunger for longer. A study published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who enjoyed 1.5 ounces of almonds daily as a healthy office snack did not put on weight. The almonds made people less hungry, so they consequently ate less at meal times, compensating for the additional 250 calories consumed in the almonds.
Fruit is always a good solution if you are looking for healthy office snacks without high calories. A large banana is around 120 calories. It is full of fiber, which helps you feel satiated for longer.
If you crave something warm and hearty, instant oatmeal is just 110 calories per serving. All you need is hot water. Choose plain and add your own toppings. You have plenty of calories left to add a mini box of raisins (42 calories), a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg (zero calories), an ounce of blueberries (16 calories), or a handful of strawberries (4 calories each).
Veggies with Ranch
Carrot and celery sticks are healthy office snacks that are easy to prepare and transport; or buy them ready prepared from the supermarket. Add a small cup of ranch or blue cheese dressing as a dip. For variety, slice strips of sweet peppers, broccoli and cauliflower florets for a colorful crunchy treat.
Pita chips and salsa
Make homemade salsa for a healthy office snack that’s big enough to share!
- One large can chopped tomatoes with chilies
- One chopped onion
- One can of sweetcorn (rinsed and drained)
- One can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
- 2 tablespoons low fat Italian dressing.
Stir and serve with low fat pita chips or tortillas. Yum!
Now there’s no excuse not to enjoy healthy office snacks and still maintain your recommended body weight.