Smart Snacking at Work

Smart Snacking at Work

Options to keep at your desk instead of opting for the vending machine!

Its hard enough to think about preparing a lunch for work tomorrow, never mind a snack too! But what if you had a stash of healthy snack foods with you at work so you could snack healthy without having to prepare something the night before? Snacks provide you with an extra little boost in the morning or late afternoon. When choosing a snack, make sure it contains both some protein and carbohydrates so that you are able to better maintain your blood sugar level and stave off your hunger until the next meal. Think ahead to make smart choices!

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Here are a few examples of foods to have on-hand at work for smart snacking:

* NUTS: Although nuts are high in calories and fat, a handful goes a long way to keep you satisfied. They are power foods in that they also provide healthy fats along with some fiber

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*APPLE and PEANUT BUTTER: An apple is a classic example of a healthy food. Add some peanut butter for dipping and you have a snack that is well-rounded with both healthy carbs and Protein!

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Apples and Peanut Butter

*COTTAGE CHEESE with 5 BABY CARROTS: Cottage cheese is a powerhouse for protein, so combined with carrots (or other vegetables such as celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, etc) it provides a nice light balanced snack.

* YOGURT and FRUIT: Yogurt comes in different fruit flavors, but a lower sugar plain yogurt combined with fruit (berries are always a favorite) or granola can provide a satisfying snack.

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Granola and Yogurt

*CRACKERS and CHEESE STICK: a few crackers (4-5) with a cheese stick will provide you with a nice snack to help curb your appetite.

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Healthy Snacks

*JERKY and FRUIT or VEGETABLES: Beef or Turkey Jerky is a very protable snack coupled with cut vegetables or a peach or dried fruit. Protein packed for a quick pick me up!

*EDAMAME with CRACKERS: Soy beans (edamame) are a vegetable loaded with protein. When you have them with a high fiber cracker like Triscuits, you have a simple, easy to prepare snack that you can keep with you at work.

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