We all know the feeling when it’s mid-morning or a few hours after lunch when food craving hits! We understand that it is hard to get from breakfast to lunch and from lunch to dinner without noshing on something.
Those of us with office jobs and study load know the value of healthy snacks that help you power through the grind throughout the day. It might seem easy and convenient to reach for the canteen or head to a vending machine, but don’t let a sneaky snack attack derail your health and fitness. But now during these difficult times, when most of us are working/studying remotely, we are all handling its fair share of challenges, especially when it comes to one’s overall health. You get caught up in a task and easily munch on junk and unhealthy treats.
A midmorning or post-afternoon munch is basically like a mini-break for your mind and all senses including the taste buds. While the act of munching is to offer a moment of reprieve from demanding mental work, we often binge on whatever is available. But what if we tell you snacks can be tasty and healthy too! Healthy snacks provide the fuel top-off you need to stay focused on your work.
If you’re snacking to sustain your energy until the next meal, then it’s best to pick something that is both fulfilling and nutritional.
Although there are tons of store-bought snacks that can prove healthy too, nothing beats a quick and fresh DIY snack from your own kitchen. Here in this blog, we will talk about healthy snacks that are nutritious and can help you feel energized throughout the day. These snacks are easy to make and are light on your waistline as well.
Check out the list of healthy snacks below:
- DIY trail mix: When it comes to desk snack options, we know there are a lot to pick from! Toss several of them: almonds, walnuts, or cashew (or a mix of all three) with sunflower seeds and dried fruits: raisins, apricots, apples, prunes, and/or banana chips and make your own DIY trail mix. Portion it out into single-serving sizes.
- Fruit and nuts: Raw nuts mixed with dried fruit can satisfy that mid-afternoon sweet tooth craving while filling you with lots of fiber. Together they make a great combo delivering necessary protein and fat. Since raw nuts are shelf-stable, they can be stored for a longer period than your store-bought items. This nutrient balanced combo should be your go-to snack.
- Instant oats: Take one pack of unflavored instant oats and prepare as directed. You can also top it off with walnuts, pistachios and drizzle a tiny bit of honey. Or you can opt for sliced fruits too.
- Roasted Chickpeas: Chickpeas are healthy and easy to blend with the majority of spices in your kitchen cabinet. Let us tell you the simplest recipe of them all: roasted chickpeas. You can either use pre-cooked or canned chickpeas. Dry them as much as possible. One way to do that is to dry them in a preheated oven for a few minutes. Toss salt and olive oil in it. Bake it in the oven until golden brown, for at least 30 minutes to make it crisp, tossing halfway through. Play with spices: chili powder, cumin powder, dried oregano, and lemon zest to please your taste buds. Eat them hot!
- Air-popped corn: One of the easiest snacks to make anywhere. Whether you are at the office or at home, all you need to do to make it is add 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels to a microwave-safe bowl. Cover it with a microwave-safe plate for it to pop for at least three minutes. Your air-popped corn is ready in no time!
- Dark chocolate: There is nothing wrong with treating yourself with dark chocolates every once in a while. According to research: Dark chocolate is known to decrease body fat! Giving you another reason to binge on dark chocolates (of course keeping in mind that you are just eating it as a healthy snack!)
- Protein bar: Looking for a grab-and-go brain-booster that’s tasty too? Look no further! Protein bars are the ones to opt for. The best thing about them is the plethora of options out there. You can get a variety of flavors (chocolate, berries, peanut butter), dietary requirements (sugar-free, gluten-free), or textures( chewy, wafery) that suit you. And if you are confused with the numerous options, go for the best of them all: MyProtein.
Here is the list of protein bars from MyProtein.
- Apples/Bananas: What’s better than eating fruits that are healthy and fulfilling, rather than binging on unhealthy snacks. The elders are not wrong in their advice: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. It is a low-calorie snack that is loaded with carbs to keep you energized, fiber to keep you full, and tons of nutrients for bodily functions. Another fruit rich in fiber and potassium that you can eat as a snack is banana. It is a great way to stave off sweet cravings.
- Hard-boiled eggs: Eggs are a nutrient powerhouse. Eggs are packed with minerals, vitamins, and a ton of protein that will keep you full for hours. Do you know: Egg white consists of all the egg’s protein while all the good fat is in the yolk!
- Smoothie: Fruit smoothies are a great way to beat the heat, rehydrate, and recover. You can simply blend bananas with milk to make a banana smoothie. You can also make smoothies from: strawberries, blueberries, etc. If you want to make it more interesting you can add all types of nuts.
There you go, we have given you plenty of ideas to cease your mid-day snack cravings. Having healthy snacks daily is a great way to make sure you stick to your health and fitness goals. The next time you get hungry while working/studying, choose from these snacks that will satisfy your tastebuds and fuel your brain and body too!