Let’s face it – almost everybody snacks – whether it’s to curb hunger between meals or to help fill your body with the nutrients you need. We all have long days at work where we start craving something sweet or need something salty to help us snap out of the workday lull. It’s time to look for healthier snacking options. Choose your snacks wisely, so you feel better as opposed to too much mindless snacking which can result in some unwanted extra pounds.
Here are 8 tips for healthier snacking that you can incorporate at work or at home.
Make Some Noise (Literally!) With Your Snack!
According to the American Heart Association, crunchy snacks such as those listed below are satisfying and heart-healthy:
- Apples and pears
- Carrot and celery sticks
- Bell pepper slices
- Zucchini or cucumber circles
- Roasted chickpeas
- Broccoli and cauliflower florets
- Popcorn (Surprisingly, Popcorn is a whole grain and healthy for you, when not covered in butter and salt!)
- Rice cakes and whole-grain crackers
Unsalted nuts and seeds make great healthier snacking options as the good fats contained within are likely to keep you feeling full. Remember to control portion sizes as nuts do have a lot of calories. Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, filberts, and other nuts and seeds contain many beneficial nutrients.
Think Whole, Whole Grain That Is!
Whole-grain snacks like the popcorn mentioned above can give you some energy with staying power. Try some whole-grain low-salt pretzels or tortilla chips, or a serving of high-fiber cereals.
Reconsider Breakfast Foods
Now you can eat breakfast all day as part of your healthy snacking! Many breakfast foods can be repurposed as a nutritious snack later in the day. How about grabbing a yogurt that’s low in sugar for a satisfying afternoon snack? Or a slice of whole-grain toast topped with low-sugar jam? Low-sugar granola also makes a quick snack.
Moderation Is Key for Healthier Snacking
Combine a small amount of something with healthy fat, like peanut butter, with a larger amount of something very light, like apple slices or celery sticks.
Combine And Balance Your Snacks
Try to have more than just one macronutrient (protein, fat, carbohydrate) at each snacking session. For example, have a few nuts (protein and fat) and some grapes (carbohydrates). Or try some whole-grain crackers (carbohydrate) with some low-fat cheese (protein and fat). These balanced snacks tend to keep you feeling satisfied.
Don’t eat your snack while doing something else — like surfing the Internet, watching TV, or working at your desk. Instead, stop what you’re doing for a few minutes and eat your snack like you would a small meal.
Change Things Up!
You can easily stray from healthy snacking when you are eating the same old snacks day to day or if you do not have time to prepare healthy snacks in advance during busy days. Ready to eat and grab and go healthy snacks are out there to make it easier to snack healthy!
Change things up for your taste buds and look to incorporate the latest healthy snacks into your day. Healthy snacks have become a huge focus for food manufacturers and there is something out there to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.
Ready to eat healthy snacks can be found that fit specialized lifestyle diets such as Keto, Paleo, or Whole30. Gluten-free and/or nut-free snacks can be more readily found food manufacturers have responded to consumer needs.
Forage Foods Can Help
Need some help and inspiration for healthy snacking at work or home? Our team at Forage Foods can help with healthy snack delivery for the office – we can stock your breakroom with local Chicago favorites and keep you and your team satisfied with the latest healthy snack trends. Drop us a line to see what we can do to get you and your team snacking healthy!