Literally how excited I am when I eat food ^^^
Don’t know about you but I get super hungry when I’m at work. Actually, I’m hungry all the time, But there’s definitely something about sitting at a desk all day, staring at a screen that really makes me craves a snack.
If you haven’t figured it out I work at an office. But lucky for me, I’m a casual worker so I’m not there 5 days a week since I have uni every other day. But believe me, I still feel the hunger and cravings. I guess when I’m at uni I’m running around between classes and getting study done, it keeps my mind off food. I mean I still snack at uni too but I find at work I crave a bit more.
Personally, I think snacking is great, given that it is nutritious. It’s my way to curb hunger through out the day and helps me to avoid binge eating or making a not so nutritious choice at lunch. This is so easy to do in the corporate world especially if you buy food every day. And once you start buying food I know first hand how hard it is to stop. (even when you know you’re going broke #guilty)
Snacking also helps me complete a few recommended daily intakes that I could otherwise not achieve if I just had my 3 meals. So without further ado, let’s get into the snacks that I love to eat at work.
Pomegranate seeds and Greek yoghurt
I really love the combo of fruit with yoghurt, but I stay away from the fruit flavoured pre packaged tubs as those tend to contain a lot of added sugar. So I make my own. I usually just use what ever fruit is in season and lately my pomegranate tree had a lot of fruit so I just used that. Pomegranates are high in antioxidants but I love the flavour too. I also like to use Greek yoghurt because the higher fat and protein content helps to keep me full and stop craving more food. Yoghurt also contains probiotics, the good bacteria that keep the healthy balance in our gut.
Almonds or any other nut are a great snack food as well as being quite nutrient dense. Although it might not be good to eat a whole bag. About a hand full is the recommended serving size. This is more than enough since they are packed with healthy fats, protein and other nutrients like vitamin E, Selenium, calcium and magnesium. All helpful for healthy functioning of the body.
Ok, so this is kinda for when I’ve had breakfast really early or didn’t get time to eat much in the morning. I’ll have a toastie for brunch. Or if I have had a lot to eat in the morning this then becomes my go to lunch. Most offices usually have a sandwich toaster as well, I think.
I like to use wholemeal or multi grain bread to get that added fibre. And what ever cheese you like. I avoid the pre packaged cheese I like to buy a whole block of tasty or vintage cheddar and slice it as I go. #vintagecheddar #fancy. I find this way more economical and I can choose my slice thickness.
A lot of the time cheese gets a bad wrap for being too processed and high in fat. This is kinda true I’m not gonna lie, but the fat and protein are what keep me feeling full. this is really important to me because I cannot concentrate if I am hungry. Cheese also contains calcium and this way I reach my calcium intake for the day. The only thing you should be careful about with cheese is the salt content so don’t go too cray with it. Moderation is key.
Tip: Always check the ingredients of the bread, sometimes they say its “brown bread” which is supposedly better for you, but it’s actually just normal white bread with caramel colouring. So be careful.
Apple slices, digestive biscuits and green tea^^
apple slices and nut butter
By far my favourite snack! just the combination of sweet and savoury makes this combo so addictive. If you haven’t tried it, this combination may sound really weird but seriously it’s so good. You’ll be hooked. I usually use Almond butter because I just love the flavour of almonds but occasionally I use peanut butter to mix it up. Almond butter is slightly sweeter while the peanut butter is slightly saltier. And again you have the combo of healthy fats and protein from the nut butter and fibre from the apple. Apples also contain Vitamin C and a bonus is that it helps to keep your teeth clean and freshens breath. So it keeps the dentist away too. Most of the time.
Tip: leave a jar of Nut butter in your desk drawer so all you need to bring in is the apples.
Digestive biscuits with the Dark Chocolate Coating
These are also one of my favourites. I have been loving keeping them in my desk drawer and eating them with my afternoon or morning tea. These biscuits are high in fibre and the dark chocolate coating gives it some sweetness and a few antioxidants too. these do contain sugar though so be sensible with serving sizes. I usually have 1 or 2 per day and only if I’m really hungry will I have more or if there’s nothing else to eat.
veggie sticks and hummus
These are one of the snacks where it helps me fit in my nutrition intake for the day. I find it hard to always get my recommended servings of veggies for the day. I’m sure I’m not alone because the recommended intake is 4 – 5 serves I’m pretty sure (for all veggies 1 serving is half a cup and for salad leaves one serving is 1 loosely packed cup).
For this snack idea, I just slice up random veggies and put some hummus in a container to take to work. My favourite veggies with hummus are capsicum and cucumber but any vegetable will do. This way I add in al least 1 – 2 servings in. The chickpeas in the hummus also add some protein and there’s usually olive oil in it as well so you get some healthy fats in there too. I also make my own hummus so I know exactly what goes in. And it’s surprisingly easy to do. Recipe coming soon for my go to hummus.
Tip: I like to add yoghurt to the mix if it is too thick. It also adds in some probiotics which together with lemon juice helps to preserve the hummus a little longer.
How I feel when I eat raw vegetables ^^
So there you go my office snack ideas. Some of these are even great for uni students or people who don’t have too much time on their hands. Let me know what you think of this post and if you want more like this.
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