Most of us are likely to be launching new healthy and well-being resolutions after the festive season, and this means focusing on diet and exercise together with adequate rest and stress-reduction techniques. But one of the most challenging areas for people seeking to eat in a healthier way is when those hunger pangs bite at work. If you’ve ever found yourself staring at the vending machine an hour before lunchtime, then it’s time to get prepared with some healthy snacks for work.
The trick lies in preparation, so a good way to do this is to order your bulk ingredients at the end of each week and then prepare snacks and healthy treats to get you through the working day. Snacking can actually help a healthy diet by keeping your blood sugar stable and by keeping you full and energised. In fact, some people prefer to split their day’s meal allowance into six smaller meals so that they don’t get too hungry in between and fly off the rails.
Here are some of our favourite snack ideas to get you started…
Crudites and Dips
These are crunchy, satisfying and extremely healthy. Simply chop up fresh vegetables such as carrots, peppers and celery into strips. You can then pair these with a small tub of a healthy dip such as houmous or tahini for a vitamin-packed nutritious snack which is low in calories and sugar. Guacamole is higher in fat and calories, but the avocado is packed with nourishing vitamins E and C, which will do wonders for your skin and immune system, so feel free to indulge occasionally. You can also buy dip pots for ease of travel. Sainsbury’s sell a great range!
Choose unsalted nuts for maximum health points. Nuts and seeds are packed with healthy fats and fibre, and a small handful will go a long way. Choose from almonds, cashews, walnuts or brazil nuts, and enjoy a rich array of vitamins and minerals that will balance your hormones, give you beautiful skin, support your immune system and provide natural fats to fill you up. Head to Holland & Barrett for a large range of delicious nuts and seeds in their natural state.
If you are training at the gym, then it makes sense to snack on protein to support your muscle development. Good protein choices include hard-boiled eggs, a tin of tuna or a protein shake. These are all relatively low in calories and will really fill you up. You can find a wide range of protein shakes and bars online at My Protein.
Don’t forget humble fruit either – a powerhouse of nutrition but best paired with something protein-packed to avoid sugar ups and downs. Choose low-sugar fruits such as berries and apples, and pair with a small tub of plain yoghurt to avoid excess sugar. For beautiful freshly prepared fruit pouches and salads which are ideal for taking on the go, head to M&S.
Inspired for your New Year healthy snacks? Look forward to seeing the results!