4 Snacks Every Office Should Have
You know it all too well—the midday slump rolls in and your focus is almost non-existent due to the rumblings of your stomach. You’ll need a snack to get you through the calls, meetings, and emails that keep you tethered to your desk—but what do you eat? Many offices have packaged treats loaded with added sugars, preservatives, and hidden fats that eventually leave you hungrier than you were before. Let’s talk about healthier options that are still satisfyingly crunchy, sweet, and salty and won’t leave you feeling burnt out.
The Importance of Snacking
Many associate snacking as something “bad”, but eating the right foods throughout the day is important for maintaining energy. Incorporating them while at work can help prevent you from overeating and help keep blood sugar levels steady. According to Harvard Business Review, "Food has a direct impact on our cognitive performance," and the last thing you want to experience in the middle of your workflow is a wave of dizziness or complete lack of focus. Add any of these snacks to your office pantry and you’ll quickly notice a difference.
Snacks Every Office Should Have
1. Mixed Nuts
Skip the trail mix and grab a bag of unsalted nuts—roasted or unroasted are both great options. A handful of almonds, cashews, pistachios, or walnuts make a quick-and-easy snack. Also, be on the lookout for sprouted nuts; they are the most bio-accessible, making them easier for your body to digest. Nuts are the perfect combination of healthy fats and proteins that will leave you feeling satisfied until your next meal.
Chef Lindsey recommends including a few Brazil nuts in the mix because they’re rich in selenium, an important mineral that many of us are deficient in.
2. Dark Chocolate
1 to 2 ounces—or 1 to 2 squares—of dark chocolate can be the perfect pick-me-up. The darker the chocolate, the sweeter the benefits! This mood-boosting brain food has antioxidants that may help lower your risk of complicated health conditions. Make sure to look for organic chocolate made without soy lecithin.
Chef Lindsey recommends: Hu Chocolate
Ditch the salted potato chips and go for alternatives like plantain, lentil, or kale chips. Chef Lindsey says, “Food companies often make chips out of potato or corn flour and call them kale chips because they sprinkle a bit of kale powder over them...sorry folks, but that doesn't count!” Veggie chips are the better choice because of their increased nutritional value.
Chef Lindsey recommends: Forager Vegetable Chips
4. Snack Bars
Snack bars that include protein and fiber from real foods help you stay full. Your body naturally takes longer to fully burn through protein as an energy source, and so a nice dose of protein can help keep hunger at bay as you conquer the demands of your work duties. When choosing a brand, the fewer the ingredients, the better. Look for bars without any added sugar or artificial ingredients.
Chef Lindsey recommends: Thunderbird Bars since they include real ingredients like nuts and seeds, have no added sugar, and also feature superfoods like maca, hemp, and turmeric.
Try your best to avoid making impulsive decisions when you’re hungry—plan ahead! The workday can be grueling, but with the proper fuel, you can take on anything. Share this with other snacketeers and let us know what your favorite snacks are on Facebook or Twitter @farmcutmeals.