Eating healthy during 9 to 5 jobs or any other office jobs is a bit tricky. The possibilities are that you totally skip your meals or you start munching on all the sugary fatty food items stashed in the pantry, either of which is an unhealthy habit.
Expert nutritionists advice that one should eat healthy and light foods at regular intervals of every four hours. This helps keep your metabolism charged and energy levels high. Here are some great options of healthy evening snacks to munch on between your hours of work and satisfy your hunger calls.
Nuts are a good source of vitamins and minerals and good fats. Apart from being helpful in reducing cholesterol levels, regulating body weight, improving heart health, lowering risks of cancer, it is a highly nutritious option of snack.
You can have raw tree nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews as such or in roasted form to derive the best out of it.
Chickpea bar is also another addictive Indian snack which is healthy. A nutty crunch is always better than the crunch of flour biscuits or even oily chips.
Fruits, as we all know are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It is an easy snack that you can pack for your office snack without any regrets as you are only taking in healthy calories.
Some fruits are high on sugar levels while some are moderate, hence, fruits for your snack box shall be chosen carefully.
Bananas are a rich source of energy. Other fruits like blueberries, oranges, grapes, papayas are great varieties to pack for snacking. Dice them up and drizzle some honey and few chopped peanuts on top of it to complete the fruity delight. You can also make a healthy Indian version of it by sprinkling some chat masala over it.
- Vegetables and salads
Vegetables are always suggested for a healthy diet, the reason being that they are richly packed with various vitamins and minerals. For example, carrots, pumpkins etc. are rich in vitamin A, green leafy vegetables are rich source of iron and other minerals, citrus vegetables have a good amount of vitamin C.
Slice or dice vegetables of your choice , add some low calorie dressing to it or simply pour some extra virgin olive oil with some salt and pepper.
Corn is something you can consider to be a good snack if eaten in moderation and in the right way. Corn can be simply boiled or grilled or cooked to be eaten as such or mixed with light dressings or other vegetables and grains.
Loading your snack box with fibre rich corn will definitely make your day interesting as you eat something different than other vegetable. Corn can also be used to make a healthy Indian snack by grilling the corn and adding a pinch of chat masala, pepper and salt and some healthy amount of butter.
- Hard boiled egg
Egg is a good source of calcium and protein. It has always been recommended as a good breakfast for people who wish to control body weight. Pack your snack box with one or two hard boiled egg to answer your 3 pm craving. It not only leaves you feeling satisfied but also is a pump for your nutritional supply.
Cut them into halves or dice them up to mix a salad of your choice.
- Greek Yoghurt
Greek yoghurt is both nutritious and tasty as well. It has many health benefits like keeping your heart healthy, lowering cholesterol levels, regulate body weight, provide calcium for bones etc. Avoid having sugar or fruit flavoured yoghurt.
It works as a great dip for your crackers or peta bread. Otherwise one could simply have plain Greek yoghurt as a snack.
Mix some Greek yoghurt with one chopped garlic and a pinch of dill or mint and salt to taste to make a yummy dip. You can also add your favourite vegetable chopped into the yoghurt with a pinch of salt and have it as a salad.
- Peta bread with hummus
Peta bread suffice your craving and can be a source of whole grain in your diet. This bread of the Arabs, is baked and has no fat in it and can be had with hummus which is a dip made with peas, olive oil and garlic with enough salt sprinkled on it.
This option is both tasty and filling. Pack mini peta breads with 2 or 3 tablespoons of hummus. You can also try other alternatives like that made with roasted egg plant etc.
Hummus is made from chickpeas, and therefore as a more Indian variety, one could mix up a salad with cooked chickpeas, chopped onions and capsicum and a squeeze of lemon.
Cheese and crackers are a suggestible option for healthy office snacks. They are tasty and offer rich fibre and proteins. However, there are many varieties of crackers to choose from, therefore you need to choose healthier options which have a lower content of fats and sodium.
These crackers can be eaten as such or with some tasty, low on calorie dip or snacked with some low fat feta cheese.
- Protein bars or energy bars
Just as the name suggest, these are bars that provide high energy and can either be purchased from stores or made as DIY. Protein bars may be made of nuts, oat meat, caramel etc. and are an ideal substitute for packets of chips or sugary snacks. They provide you with minerals, vitamins, proteins and all required nutrients.
There are many varieties available in the market, however, you are always suggested to check the nutritional value, quantity and quality of the energy bar before purchasing them.
Not all offices have provisions for cooking up a simple snack. This makes you approach the vending machines where you spend money for fatty and unhealthy foods. In all such cases, above mentioned healthy evening snacks are some best option to carry to your office.