Research shows that eating every four hours helps to keep your metabolism charged and your energy level high. However, working eight or more hours a day can make it difficult to eat that often and to eat healthy unless you plan ahead. Before you dig in your drawer for spare change and head to the vending machine, stash these low-calorie nutritious snacks at your desk that are sure to satisfy when the 3 p.m. cravings hit.
Whole Wheat Crackers and Peanut Butter
Try 10 multigrain wheat crackers (such as Multigrain Wheat Thins) and a tablespoon of peanut butter. This nutrient-rich snack offers 2 grams of fiber and the combination of complex carbs and protein help to keep your blood sugar stable and keep you feeling full longer.
Popcorn with Parmesan
I don’t know about your office, but popcorn is a favorite among my coworkers. Take regular bagged popcorn to the next level by topping with 2 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese. The nutty flavor of the popcorn pairs well with the rich flavor of Parmesan and counts as one of your three daily servings of whole grains.
When you’re trying to eat healthy having a sweet tooth isn’t so sweet. When the craving for sweets hits, instead of reaching for something loaded with sugar, try a snack bar like LaraBar or KIND. These healthy snacks are good sources of fiber, contain no added sugar, and are made from whole, natural ingredients like dates, almonds, cashews, and cranberries.
When all else fails there’s nothing like fruit to satisfy your snack craving. Grab an apple, banana, pear or grapes. If you grab a different fruit every day you’ll get a good variety of nutrients plus fiber, and won’t get bored with the same old snack.