At Wellbeing in Your Office we love our mid-morning or an afternoon snack! Rather than reaching for a highly processed chocolate that’s full of sugar and little else, we prefer to choose whole foods and healthy snacking.
Choosing snacks that are lower in saturated fat, salt and/or sugar and a good source of vitamins minerals and fibre, will ensure that you are adding lots of goodness to your diet and supporting your wellbeing. Just be mindful of those portion sizes!
Apples, berries, and bananas are all great options to re-fuel. Fruit is abundant in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Vitamins such as vitamin C and E and different phytochemicals may reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions. Potassium and magnesium found in fruit have also been linked to lower blood pressure.
They are excellent sources of fat, minerals, fiber and protein. But always choose an option without any added salt or sugar. However, don’t have the whole pack, you only need a few. For example just ONE Brazil nut is enough to satisfy your daily requirement for selenium!
We love hummus! It’s full of protein and fiber. It also has a low glycemic index, so may help control blood sugar levels.
4. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is a very powerful source of antioxidants and minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc. It may reduce the risk of heart disease and lower the blood pressure. Avoid eating the whole bar!
5. Raw vegetables
Pepper, celery and carrot sticks; cherry tomatoes and cucumbers are all great options to snack on. They are full of fibre and vitamins, and your digestive system will thank you!
6. Dried fruit
Dried fruit are energy-dense and boast a high nutritional value. They may boost your immune system and help you enjoy better digestion! You only need very little to get the benefits. Try sprinkling some chopped apricots or goji berries to your cereal in the morning for that extra healthy boost!
Yoghurt contains a lot of protein, calcium and is also high in B vitamins, particularly vitamin B12. Some types of yogurt contain live bacteria, or probiotics, which may benefit digestive health. Choose a variety with low added sugar.
8. Kale crisps
Swap your usual deep fried and highly processed potato crisps for this healthy option. Kale is loaded with powerful antioxidants. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C and K. It can also help lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
9. Boiled eggs.
Eggs are one of the healthiest snacks you can eat and are incredibly filling! They have plenty of protein, as well as vitamins K2 and B12.
10. Canned sardine fillets
No refrigerator is required and thy are so full of goodness. For example, omega-3 fatty acids which help prevent heart disease or calcium, vitamins and minerals.
Our friends at Snackcess can provide your office or home with a great selection of fantastic snacks! There are plenty of healthy snacking options to choose from. Their mission is to simplify healthy living. They want to create a world where everyone feels capable and motivated to make healthier choices. How amazing is that!
If you are stuck in a habit of eating unhealthy foods at the moment, remember that taking small baby steps is more beneficial than changing everything immediately! Too many changes at once, and the chances are that you won’t stick to them long term. If you make a small change each week and stick to it, you are more likely to succeed in the long-term! Use one or two of the healthy snacking ideas above and see what works for you.