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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Healthy Snacks to Eat at Your Desk

Bringing healthy snacks to work is always a good idea. Your snacks feed your mid-morning or post-lunch hunger while also eliminating overpaying for the unhealthy foods from the office vending machine. It’s wise to choose foods with nutritional benefits, as well as ones that will satisfy your appetite. Keeping these snacks on hand at the office is a great way to stay focused and productive throughout your workday!

Here are some simple, healthy snacks that can be kept in your desk or fridge at work.

Trail Mix
This snack is not just for camping anymore! With the right combination of ingredients, trail mix can provide you with good nutrition, fill you up, and even benefit your heart’s health.

The nuts in trail mix are a good source of protein and can even help reduce the possibility of developing blood clots. Small amounts of dark chocolate mixed in can be good for your blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. Dried fruits in trail mix, such as pineapple, apples, raisins and berries, are also good for your heart.

Choose a healthy trail mix, and enjoy in moderation. While the ingredients in trail mix are healthy, they are also relatively calorie dense. .

Yogurt
Yogurt has a variety of health benefits. The protein from yogurt helps provide your body with energy, potassium from yogurt helps decrease blood pressure and supports muscle function, and the phosphorus and calcium from yogurt work together to give you strong bones, teeth and healthy gums.

Often yogurt can be high in sugar, so try a light or non-fat yogurt to get the most out of this snack.

Crackers
Carbohydrates are an important macronutrient your body needs in order to function properly and whole grain crackers are a good snack that provides necessary carbohydrates.

Often people try to avoid carbohydrates because they link them with weight gain. This is true with easily digested carbs, such as those found in white bread, pastries and other highly processed foods.

Whole wheat crackers, on the other hand, contain complex carbohydrates. Our bodies break complex carbs down slower, fuel our bodies, and leave us feeling full longer. Other benefits from whole wheat crackers are fiber, which helps the digestive tract function, and iron, a mineral that helps transport oxygen throughout the body.

Fresh Fruit
Fruit is always a safe choice for a snack because all fruits contain some form of nutrients, ranging from potassium to vitamin C, and one serving is usually less than 100 calories. Fruit also has high water content which makes it a filling snack and can even help you lose weight. Fresh fruits can also contain carotenoids, which are natural plant chemicals that can help protect you against certain cancers, heart disease and adult onset blindness.

While fruits are often enjoyed solo, they can also top off other meals, such as sliced apples on a salad, or chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. Fruit is delicious and healthy at any time of the day!

The next time you are hungry at work avoid the sugary, fattening choices housed in the office vending machine, and opt for a healthy snack. Healthy snacks provide a variety of benefits and will keep you feeling full for longer. Fatty, processed foods are not only bad for your health but are also quickly digested, causing you to feel hungry shortly after eating. Try some of these snacks the next time your stomach grumbles at work!

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