Many of us work in offices where we lead a sedentary life which is largely inactive. What you eat in these 9-10 hours of office shift doesn’t just impact your health and weight; it affects your productivity too. Boredom and stress may often lead you to mindless snacking on things like chips, sweets and not to forget those ‘samosas‘ from that ‘chai ki tapri‘ near your office. Indeed, there must be very limited healthy food choices near your office or you might not have time to bring your own homemade snacks.
Well, we have enough reasons to develop bad eating habits at workplace; but they’re terrible excuses.
Fortunately there are plenty of inexpensive, healthy and nutrition rich snacks, suggested by OyeHelp Dietitian Consultant, that can be stashed in your office desk drawer and you can have them whenever you have to stave off the munchies!
Nuts are absolutely amazing for us! They are a source of healthful fats and are great for our brains. There’s a theory that foods are good for the body part that they look like; as such nuts and brains are a dream together. There are so many types of nuts; hazelnuts, pistachio, peanuts, almonds, monkey nuts – get a mix together and enjoy.
Fruits are most certainly nature’s bounty with an electrifying range of colours, shapes and vitamins available within the tender flesh and often the skin. Fruits are so versatile that you can enjoy a different combination every day and if you dislike snacking on fruits, you can brew it all up in the blender. Bananas, oranges, apples, kiwi fruit, watermelon, blueberries, coconut, pineapple and raspberries are just a few examples of fruits that you can explore.
Hummus and vegetables
Hummus is a delectable dish fashioned from chick peas rendering it a protein laden snack rich in nutrient dense fats. Instead of dipping pita bread into your hummus, chop up some carrots, celery sticks and cucumber slices for a vitamin rife experience.
Whole wheat crackers with peanut butter
Peanut butter can be calorie rich but shopping around for the right brands makes a big difference. Whole wheat crackers are a far healthier substitute than white crackers which have been refined to remove the nutritional value. Some brands inject a few vitamins and minerals back in but it’s best to go with the healthiest available option.
Oatmeal is a great feast because it can keep you full for hours. The cells within oatmeal contain long nutritional chains which take a long time for our bodies to digest. As a result, you get energy that stands you in good stead for much of the day. Adding honey and fruits boosts flavour and nutrients.
Many yogurts available in stores these days are made from “good bacteria”, which is great for your digestive tract. Yogurt is also known to contain probiotics, along with macro and micro nutrients like protein, calcium, vitamins, potassium, and magnesium.
Options mentioned above are not the only foods you can try. You can get a customized diet plan from a qualified Dietitian and Nutritionist at OyeHelp.com which will be made considering your age, daily calorie requirements, allergies, any special requirements etc.