10 Healthiest Snacks You Can Eat at Work to Beat Afternoon Slump
21 July 2017
Having an afternoon slump at work? We’ve all been there. If your body temperature has dropped or you’ve eaten a carb-heavy lunch, sat still for hours, and were dehydrated, you’re bound to get tired and sleepy by 2pm. Beat afternoon slump at work by munching on these healthy snacks to boost your energy and motivation:
Love popcorn? You’re in for a treat, as low-fat popcorn contains fibre and satisfies your craving for something crunchy and sweet without all the excessive salt and fat, which could lead to drowsiness and other health issues.
Yogurt contains the essential nutrients your body needs: magnesium, potassium, vitamins, calcium, and protein; not to mention that it’s loaded with probiotics. Besides boosting your energy, yogurt benefits your digestive tract the most.
Tomato is rich in mineral and vitamin. Also serves as a powerful antioxidant, tomato has been proven to promote vitality and prevent a range of diseases, including cancer. Drink the cold-pressed ones so you won’t lose out on all its benefits.
You can easily make these at home and bring them to your office. Although they tend to be smelly, they’re loaded with protein, so eating hard-boiled eggs could help to stabilise your blood sugar level and satisfy your hunger.
Crunchy mini pretzels
Love munching on something crunchy? If you dislike popcorns, bite-size mini pretzels are the perfect alternative to healthy snacks. Eat the low-fat ones with no more than 10% (250mg) sodium content. They should curb your hunger for a while.
If you love the tasty combination of sweet and sour, dried fruits are safe and chewy, and are rich in potassium and fibre. Try dried bananas, apples, raisins, or apricots.
An excellent source of natural sweetness, fresh fruit is loaded with minerals and vitamins. Besides an increase in energy, your immune system is boosted thanks to the antioxidants contained in fresh fruits.
Another healthy and crunchy snack that won’t decrease your energy or widen your waist, almonds contain healthy fat and protein, as well as essential nutrients such as vitamin E and fibre. They also help to keep your hunger at bay so you won’t overeat.
Plant-based protein bars
There’s a new generation of protein bars that you can eat anywhere and anytime, and they’re plant-based protein bars. Made with natural ingredients like vegan-friendly protein powders, nut butters, fruit, and seeds, such protein bars make for a tasty treat and they serve your digestive tract better. If possible, eat the ones that contain no more than 15 grams of sugar.
Though less crunchy than popcorn, mini pretzels, almonds, and protein bars, seaweed snacks are just as tasty and healthy. If you’re craving something salty yet healthy, this is your go-to snack. They contain essential nutrients that include calcium and vitamins A and C.
Written by Dayana Sobri