Spending the day in the office often means sitting for far too long, which, in turn, is bad for your health and your figure. As we’ve seen though, things don’t have to be that way. It’s very easy to integrate a greater amount of movement into your office routine. Another trap that is fairly easy to overlook – your eating. Stress makes us overindulge. And the things we enjoy hunched over our keyboards are either too sweet, too salty or plain too fat. Nevertheless, there is hope, as there are a lot more options than chocolate bars, prepackaged snacks or cafeteria food. Here are our suggestions for healthy snacking.
Raw food. It may not sound overly appealing at first, but bear with us: when the urge to snack strikes every now and then, there are healthier options available than salty chips or peanuts. Why not prepare and have a big bowl with some carrots, cucumbers, radish, celery or any other fresh and tasty vegetables that you might like at the ready? It will have the same calming effect on your psyche as eating crunchy chips, but take a guess which one is healthier…
Muesli. One of the best sources of healthy energy is your muesli. But not every kind is equally good. Prepackaged, brand muesli from the store contains too much sugar, which renders all potential benefits moot. Our advice is to mix your own muesli, according to your own preferences and taste. Start with a base of unsugared cereal and add fresh fruit, milk or yoghurt. Still missing the sweetness? Try spicing it up using some cinnamon or vanilla.
Soft white cheese and fruits. Another good recipe for a snack is mixing fresh fruit and soft white cheese. It’s best to take a low-fat white cheese, but don’t stress about it – the regular one doesn’t really contain that much fat either. Just mix in some apple or banana (or any other fruit combination that suits your taste) and you can forget about the chocolate bar. You’ve just made yourself a much healthier snack. The fruit will give you a vitamin boost, while the cheese, as any dairy product, increases your calcium levels.
Sandwich. The traditional way to combat hungriness between meals is sure to stir up memories about childhood and school. A sandwich is a good option, as long as you pay attention to details. Don’t use white bread, but rather one made out of a multi-cereal dough. Fill your sandwich with grilled chicken or turkey breast, as regular salami is usually high on fat and additives. Don’t use too much butter or margarine either, but rather spread some soft white cheese on your sandwich. Top it all off with some tomato, cucumber or salad leafs and you're ready to go.