Spending 8-9 hours in the office, without taking short snack-breaks, could be a cause for your fatigue. Also, munching high on sugar, high-fat snacks over the break could make you less productive, sleepy and would not even provide you enough energy. Having snacks at the office is necessary for you to stay fuelled and focused when you need it the most. Ditch the vending machine and take out some time prior to coming to work for preparing some snacks. Let’s check out these healthy snacks you can devour to maintain the zest at work.
Makhana(Fox nuts or Lotus seeds)
This desi snack is a very popular fasting dish in India which is low in cholesterol, fat and sodium and high in carbohydrates. Its high magnesium and low sodium content make it ideal for BP patients to consume. Its anti-aging enzyme content is said to help repair damaged proteins. Their being low in calories make them ideal for weight loss.Roast them, fry them or consume with milk(kheer)- Any recipe would work with them, as they are very neutral seeds and can adapt the flavors that are added to them.
What could be a better reward than a juicy fresh apple or a super luscious cherry for your sweet tooth? These natural sugars will not only satisfy your hunger urges but the fibre will also slow down your metabolism, making you feel fuller. They act as instant energy suppliers and also boosts our immune system to keep us in perfect health. Fruits rich in vitamin C like oranges, grapefruits, etc are excellent for healthy skin, teeth and gums.
Always prefer blended smoothies over fruits juices, since the fiber content is lost while extracting the juice. These smoothies improve digestion, help in building muscle and improve athletic performance, enhance beauty(vitamins give radiant skin, hair and nails). They give your brain all the vitamins and nutrients it needs and improves focus and memory.
Rich in high fiber and low fat, this super food provides some great health benefits. It helps control blood sugar levels, improves digestion, protects against heart diseases and cancer and is a great source of plant-based protein that helps to naturally slow aging.
It is an amazing source of protein, strengthens the immune system, benefits the heart health and helps in weight management. Plain or unsweetened yogurts are best to consume.However, these may not be for everyone. Those having milk allergies and lactose intolerance symptoms need to avoid it.
These are a great source of antioxidants, containing little to no fat. They contain more fiber than their fresh counterparts and longer shelf life.
Poha Chidwa(flattened rice flakes)
Another Indian snack, very low in calories, can be used as a supplement to fried potatoes chips or nachos. Rice flakes are rich in iron and are glutton free. You can roast these flakes with peanuts, groundnuts and curry leaves and store in an airtight container (can be preserved for up to 2 weeks)
A very popular name among the “super foods”, they are rich in fibers and are easily digested which makes it easier for the nutrients to dissolve into your body. The goodness of phytonutrients helps your body stay fit and healthy.
Despite being tasty, they also improve the blood flow, lower the risks of cardiovascular disease and the flavanols content helps in lowering the BP(for those having high BP). The bio active compounds in dark chocolate may also be great for your skin.
A great snack for strong bones and a rich source of vitamin A and proteins. It’s very effective to be used as a post-workout snack
Now, these many snacking options would definitely add colours to your monotonous office life and make you determined to be in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle.