It’s 2 p.m. — prime crash time. In your office, phone in hand, meeting in five, a grumble rises from your stomach. With little time and lots of vending machines, healthy workplace snack options appear bleak. Rather than ignore your snack attack, or succumb to calorie-bursting packaged goodies, try these quick on-the-job snack solutions.
When in need of healthy sustenance, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests grabbing a 200- to 300-calorie snack. Air-popped popcorn with 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese — or a dusting of cinnamon — is one quick and healthy snack solution.
No access to a microwave? No problem. Go veggie like Heather Brecke. A triathlon junkie and on-and-off office employee for more than 11 years, Heather suggests pre-packing edamame, celery, carrots and other easy grab-and-go veggies.
If you skimped on lunch, cut a whole pita into triangles and bring along a container with two tablespoons of hummus. Or, brown-bag a mini whole-grain sandwich with one slice of turkey, one slice of cheese and a small amount of mustard.
If a sweet tooth bombards you prior to your power presentation, try satiating it with a power sweet. Coachville Life and Fitness Coach Lorraine Esposito suggests stashing a supply of Kashi Go Lean Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars in your desk. “They’re delicious, have 9 grams of protein and only about 170 calories,” Esposito says.
Trail mix comprised of a small handful of almonds and a ¼ cup of raisins and sunflower seeds is another sweet desk-stash treat. Or, for those privy to a break room or mini-fridge, bring a yogurt parfait made of 6 ounces of fat-free yogurt with ½ cup berries and ¼ cup granola.