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10 Healthy Office Snacks To Keep You Going

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Snacking in the office is almost obligatory. With at least 8 hours spent in the same room, sat in the same chair, and staring at your computer, it's only natural that your brain hankers for a distraction and/or energy boost. Read on for our 10 healthy office snacks...

Be it the mid-morning munchies or the post-lunch snack-attack, many of us will resort to quick sugary fixes or salty treats. While they give us a boost at the time, unhealthy snacking habits can stick with us for a long time if we're not careful. So why not take a look at these healthier and nutritious alternatives?

1. Bananas

Once an exotic treat, but now a daily staple; bananas are the easiest, most portable and nutritious office snack out there. Containing just 100 calories, they provide great levels of vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, potassium, biotin, copper and fibre. How could you say no?

2. Blueberries

With high levels of antioxidants, blueberries are the ultimate sweet treat AND brain food (yes, both of them!). Their properties can improve your memory and strengthen its longevity,as well as improve your immune system, directly improving your working day.

3. Dried fruit

Whether you just fancy a change, or your fresh fruit keeps going off, perhaps consider the dried alternative? Not only are dried fruit packets full of the sweet goodness you're craving, they've got loads of fibre and potassium, plus this type of snack is super easy to throw into your bag in the morning.

4. Almonds

Almonds are a brilliant source of healthy (monounsaturated) fat, and protein, plus they're pretty damn tasty. Compared to other nuts, they hold the most protein, and have greater amounts of fibre (3.5g per 23 nuts). Almonds are also rich in Vitamin E, and just 23 of them provide you with 35% of your RDA of Vitamin E.

5. Popcorn

Popcorn is a low-calorie and warming light snack, and easy to prepare in your office kitchen. Popcorn is also a good source of fibre

6. Carrots and hummus

The carrots are crunchy, sweet and refreshing, while the hummus is made from chickpeas, a good source of calcium, protein, fibre and iron.

7. Yoghurt

You've seen the adverts. Look how healthy that 'good bacteria' makes those beautiful and smiling celebrities/models. But funnily enough, it's actually true. As well as the healthy bacteria that aid digestion, yoghurt is full of probiotics, protein, potassium, magnesium, and quite clearly, calcium. But be careful not to buy the super sweet kinds; always read the label to find your best option.

8. Hard-boiled egg

Eggs are an excellent source of protein, which helps to stabilise blood sugar and satisfy hunger pangs. In their hard-boiled form, they're portable and easy to munch on during the day. But do be careful about the smell - perhaps eat away from your desk?

9. Apples and peanut butter

Have you ever tried this delightful combination? Well now is your chance. Easy to prepare, and carry to work, the apples provide fibre and carbohydrates for prolonged energy, as well as an abrasive surface helping to de-plaque your teeth during the day. The peanut-butter contains monounsaturated fat, as well as protein, which prevents sugar-level ups and downs.

10. Cheese string/cottage cheese

Cheese is bad, right? Wrong. It's not the new celery/kale, but the good source of protein means your blood sugar levels, essential for optimum brain function, will be stable and won't leave you drowsy. In small doses, this snack will satisfy your hunger and is easy to store in your office fridge.
lizzi hart grb author

Lizzi Hart is the Social Media & Content Manager at the Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB). Outside of work, she enjoys reading, music, binge-watching TV and dreaming about the dog she'll one day own.

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