This post is dedicated to my older sister who works 10 hour days as a marketing manager and has ZERO time for food or snack breaks. If you are anything like her, you know it is a struggle to eat a healthy meal or snack. Suppressing your hunger in a meeting by drinking coffee getting into work early and waiting 6 hours until your next bite of food forgoing an afternoon snack because you know dinner is only 2 hours away. Click Here for More Info: https://www.nhsheroes.co.uk/shop/codeine/dihydrocodeine-30mg-tablets/
Does this sound familiar? These habits can slow down your metabolism and lead you to overindulge at night. So here are some ideas for simple snack that are satisfying and healthy. Note: snacking is all about portion size.. It is very easy to over-consume calories by losing track of your snacking habits. I recommend making time for a small lunch around 400-500 calories and including 1-2 snack throughout the day depending on your schedule. (If you eat breakfast early, a mid-morning snack would be more realistic).
Great snack are satisfying, 150-200 calories, and will give you fuel during a grueling day.
Chocolate: For those who want “just a bit of chocolate” after lunch: these dark chocolate dusted almonds are delicious. 24 nuts provides 160 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein! If you know you won’t be able to stop eating these treats, I recommend packing 24 nuts in a zip-lock baggy and bring it to work.
Bars: If you are going to chose a granola bar, I recommend
LaraBars because of the simplicity of ingredients and portion size. For example, the carrot care bar only contains carrots, dates, almonds, walnuts, raisins, coconut, and pineapple. These bars have about 180-200 calories and taste amazing.
I also love Luna Bars because of the calorie count and taste. My boyfriend is currently obsessed with the white macadamia Luna Bar. If you workout over lunch or just want that extra protein to keep you satisfied, Core Pro Bars are perfect. They do have more calories (up to 300) so therefore these bars could be a meal replacement. In my opinion a bar isn’t a meal replacement unless it is more than 250 calories.
Bars are great because they are quick and pre-packaged. (I know my sister does not want to cut veggies and pack leftovers at home!) But bars are calorically dense which means you don’t get as much “bang for your buck” as opposed to fruits and vegetables.
Fresh and satisfying combinations: If you have 5 minutes before you leave for work, try these simple flavor combinations.
Cheese (light Sargento string cheese or laughing cow light are great options) with cut veggies (red peppers, carrots, celery, strawberries, broccoli, cucumber) or fruit (pears, apples go well with these cheeses).
Some other yummy combinations would be greek yogurt (Yoplait 100 cal black cherry is very popular for beginner greek yogurt eaters) with berries or whole-wheat crackers.
Snacks that may seem healthy but aren’t the best choices: would be
Individual hummus/pretzels (can be up to 430 calories per pack!). Hummus a healthy because of the fiber, protein, and natural ingredients, although the calories can add up! Tip: find a smaller hummus snack or pack your own hummus with veggies.
Veggie chips or soy crisps. They seem healthy because they are vegan/vegetarian, but the sodium content can be outrageous. High-sodium foods can make you feel bloated and not sexy.
Trail mix. Again, the calorie count and sodium content can be way too high for a small snack. Especially if you include chocolate or craisins. If you are going to buy nuts, find a no added salt nut mix and keep the portion size to 150-200 calories.