We’ve entered 2021 but the working world has kept some habits of 2020 – meetings and conference calls, and endless snacking. Whether you’re a snacker or a nibbler or someone with a perfect eating routine, working from home has definitely altered our eating habits. Staying home all hours of the day has made it easier to snack endlessly – however, choosing the wrong snack can leave you feeling zapped of energy. What makes a good healthy snack, though?
It helps to think of it as a mini-meal: healthy, nutritious, and satiating. In terms of nutrition, it should ideally contain protein, healthy fat and fiber. Instead of temporarily satisfying your hunger, they should keep you full till your next meal.
A perfect, healthy snack will satisfy your taste buds, quell your hunger and provide you with energy. In this blog, TABIIB lists a few healthy snacks for the perfect WFH companion.
Granola is a favourite amongst many athletes, mainly for its nutritious value and the energy it provides. They consist of fiber, which can keep you full between your meals. Granola bars are usually made up of a few nuts, syrup, and brown sugar. These bars are easy to carry, easy to make, and easy to digest.
You can either buy them at the store or make your own. The most popular granola recipe is the one with dried cranberries, almonds, maple syrup, brown sugar – all mixed and baked. They’re sweet and healthy and pack a punch in terms of providing energy.
Fruit bowls make for a refreshing mid-morning treat. Fruits are a natural source of sugar and can keep you hydrated and energized. For a bit more texture, add cottage cheese or yogurt. You can also drizzle honey and lime juice to add a kick to the taste.
You can use any variety of fruit to make your fruit bowl or you can purchase pre-made fruit bowls at most grocery stores.
Apples and Peanut Butter
Not the most obvious choice, we know. But apple slices with natural peanut butter make for a very filling healthy snack. Peanut butter has protein and healthy fats, while apples provide water and fiber.
Chickpeas are a favourite for many cuisines around the world. Research shows that chickpeas contain high levels of essential amino acids that your body needs. The best part? They’re high in proteins, vitamins and minerals that provide energy.
You can eat chickpeas as part of a hummus, or even roast and season them with spices of your choice. In fact, roasted chickpeas are non-perishable; meaning, they can last for weeks on your table.
If you’re having days where you simply cannot stop snacking, popcorn is a good option. In fact, a cup of popcorn can provide healthy fats, fiber, carbs, and several vitamins & minerals.
Carrots & Hummus
Hummus is a popular, healthy, dip made from chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice that goes great with carrots. Hummus contains fiber and proteins whereas carrots are a good source of beta carotene – a precursor to Vitamin A. Beta carotene can aid in promoting good eye health and boost immunity.
Spiced nuts such as almonds or cashews are a favourite snack for many. Spiced cashews are favoured due to their high nutrition content. They contain heart-healthy fats, as well as vitamins and minerals. Additionally, these nuts are rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin that are vital for proper eye function.
The Bottom Line For Healthy Snacks
All the above are good, healthy snacks for a workday. They’re easy to make and have a long shelf-life. With delicious options like these, it’s easy to stick to healthy eating. If you’re looking to change your diet and eating habits in a more fundamental way, consult a dietitian on TABIIB, today.
Read more about health on the TABIIB blog archives.