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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.