Late afternoon in the office is a time of low energy and almost zero productivity. Basically everybody is just waiting for the day to get over and hoping that their boss doesn’t see them yawning. But there is no need to live in anxiety as you can get a quick energy boost with a small snack right in the office. It will be enough to carry you all the way till the work day is over. There are many great little snacks that require little or no preparation and you can eat them quickly without stopping work. Although coffee can do the same for you but too much coffee is not healthy while these snacks are healthier and will add some variety to your snacks. These are 7 healthy snacks that will give you a much needed energy boost in the office when you need it.
Popcorn is not just meant for the movies. It is a great low fat snack that you can prepare with just a few minutes in the microwave. Popcorn contains antioxidants similar to certain fruits. Just make sure to not get the kind of popcorn that is dripping in butter. It is also technically a whole grain and contains loads of fiber. Popcorn has got the bad reputation only because of the greasy theatre variety that you get at the movies. The low fat versions should make a good energy boosting snack.
Yogurt is a great little snack that requires no preparation. Just keep one in the fridge in the office and take it out in the afternoon when you need a boost. It contains carbohydrates that give an energy boost. It also contains proteins that slow down the digestion and give a prolonged energy boost. Make sure to avoid yogurt that contains a lot of artificial sweeteners. Sugar will also give a quick energy boost but is not good for your health.
All nuts are a great source of fiber, protein and nutrients. You can carry them in a little box with you and have a snack whenever you feel low on energy. Almonds also contain the good fats that your body needs. You don’t need to eat a whole lot of nuts to get a good energy boost. They are a stuffed with natural nutrients in a little package. They require no preparation although if you like you can soak them in water overnight to remove the skin. The skin is fiber so its better to eat them with the skin on.
Potassium present in bananas is a great energy booster nutrient. It regulates the blood pressure and heart function and gives you a boost in energy every time you eat it. It also helps you improve kidney function and helps other organs to function normally. It is a healthy snack that comes prepackaged by nature in perfect little pieces. All you have to do is peel the skin and eat. You can add peanut butter to your snack to get even more energy and the goodness of peanuts along with the banana.
Chocolate is an indulgence that everyone has but dark chocolate can be very good for your health as long as you don’t overindulge. Dark chocolate, which is not too processed, contains antioxidants which are very good for you. More antioxidants mean that more oxygen is delivered to the body and that gives you an energy boost. Dark chocolate is also good for your heart. It is easy to carry in a purse and you can eat a bite anytime you feel low on energy.
Leafy vegetables such as spinach, chard, collards etc. can be used in salads that can be a great little snack. Green vegetables contain a lot of vitamins, calcium, iron and fiber. When choosing vegetables for a salad use as many and as bright colors as you can. Mix them up and add a little olive oil and maybe a little salt and pepper and you are ready to go. You can prepare it in the morning and take it with you to the office to eat when you need a boost.
Water is the best snack for office workers because the biggest reason for a sap in energy in the office is due to dehydration. While working in the office it can be easy to forget to drink enough water. When you dehydrate you also lose energy and feel sleepy. If you ever catch yourself yawning, just drink a glass of water and see the difference. Try to avoid water in the form of coffee, tea or soda and drink pure water which contains no calories. You can also count fruits such as watermelon and oranges as water intake.