Avoid late afternoon hunger pangs by stocking up on these healthy office snacks in your work drawers, pronto!
It’s 4pm in the afternoon and you can’t wait to head home and enjoy dinner. Your stomach is grumbling and your mouth’s eager to munch on something (anything!) but alas, your secret (or not so secret) snack stash hasn’t been restocked for the last two weeks in your attempts to avoid reaching for unhealthy treats in between meals. To set the record straight, snacking can be healthy. In fact, it’ll speed up your metabolism (think more meals, smaller portions) and prevent you from overeating during dinner. For tea time options that won’t pile on the calories but still line your tummy, here are seven healthy office snacks to look out for the next time you shop for something to nibble on!
These crunchy nori strips are a great alternative to potato chips! Keri Glassman from webmd.com suggested that eating these sea veggies can help prevent breast cancer and reduce PMS symptoms; but keep your portion to not more than a fistful. Remember, everything in moderation.
Yoroshii Roasted Seaweed, RM8.49
This versatile flat biscuits are a definite must-have. You can eat them with a peanut butter spread, canned tuna, dunked in a hot beverage or simply on its own! Opt for wholemeal (aka complex carbs) if you want to feel fuller for longer.
A word of caution: granolas are generally perceived to be healthy (only if they are high in fibre and low in sugar) but not all of them are. According to wellandgood.com, the hidden sugary ingredients are often disguised as evaporated cane juice, molasses, brown rice syrup, oat syrup solids – so always read the label and watch out for these sneaky words!
Signature snacks Espresso Almond Granola, RM20
4. Peanut Butter
For most of us, PB is the spread of our dreams. And a guilt-free one too, since it decreases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions. Plus, it tastes so good with everything – whether slabbed on slices of fruits (like apples and pears) or sandwiched in between two crackers – so rest assured your post-lunch snacking will be that much more delicious and interesting!
Jobbie Homemade Nut Butter
5. DIY Trail Mix
Buying pre-packed trail mix can be tricky for two reasons: 1) sometimes there are overly sweetened and salted treats thrown into it, and 2) if you’re a picky eater, you might not like or may even be allergic to the GORP (good old raisins and peanuts). Which is why making a customised combo of your own can give you the satisfaction (and nutrition) you need for a healthy, high-energy pint-sized snack.
Signature Snacks California Walnut Natural (Raw), RM17.50
6. Dried Fruits
Craving for something sweet? Dried fruits are the perfect substitute! Moreover, they’re handy to keep around since it has a longer lifespan than fresh fruits. However, you should also eat them in moderation cos according to authoritynutrition.com, dried fruits can quickly hike up your sugar level due to its higher level of natural sugar.
Not just great for breakfast, oat bran makes a pretty yummy and fulfilling afternoon snack too. Instead of one cup, measure just half a cup, which is equal to one serving. Then, add in dried fruits and a trail mix for a party of (tasty) textures in your mouth. Delish!
Pristine premium oat bran, RM8.69