Food at Work Safety
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Healthy snacks at work are a must have for most busy office workers. Sometimes your lunch doesn’t keep you satiated all day, or, worse yet, sometimes you just don’t have time for lunch (skipping lunch is something we’re very against at Fooda, but we understand it can happen in dire circumstances). If you ever find yourself in that situation, make sure your desk is stocked with something tasty and convenient to hold you over until your next meal. Need some ideas?
Here’s a list of 14 healthy snacks at work to keep at your desk:
We have to top the list with nuts. Choosing to snack on nuts may help you stick to a heart-healthy diet, because studies have show that they lower the low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels. Aside from being good for your heart, they last a very long time, solidifying that place as one of the top desk snacks.
Contrary to popular belief, popcorn can be a healthy snack. But before you run to the nearest movie theater, that’s not the kind we’re talking about. Air-popped popcorn without butter and very little (if any) salt is the kind that makes this list. You can make it at home on any stove.
You can’t build a list of healthy snacks without including fresh fruit!
Like above, vegetables have to be on the list. Eat plenty every day.
Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can improve your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies have shown it can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.
Granola’s oats deliver impressive numbers in fiber and iron, while nuts and seeds add heart-healthy unsaturated fats we mentioned earlier. But it can be high in calories, so read the label carefully. Or, better yet, make your own so you know exactly what’s going in to it.
Like mixed nuts, but better! Sure, what makes it better is the addition of less healthy ingredients, but it still makes the list. Trail mix is a great snack to provide energy to finish the day strong.
This protein-packed snack will probably make you feel full for longer than anything else on the list. Maybe that’s why it’s been growing in popularity for the last decade. But watch the salt, beef jerky can quickly put you over your recommended daily sodium allowance.
As we mentioned above, oats deliver impressive numbers in fiber and iron. But the fiber is what makes oatmeal such a great office snack, fiber makes you feel full fast. Which means you’ll probably need to eat less.
Seeds are perfect healthy snacks at work. They’re little nutritional powerhouses that contain micronutrients, healthy fats, plant-based protein, and easy-to-digest fiber. You can easily add them to a variety of foods, or enjoy them plain.
Tuna is a source of high-quality protein with almost no fat. It contains all essential amino acids required by the body for growth and maintenance of lean muscle tissue. Canned tuna can be a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, with 150 milligrams or more per four-ounce serving.
Sometimes only cheese will do. String cheese is there for you in those moments. Throw one in your bag when you leave for work, but make sure you get to it more quickly than other snacks on the list, it shouldn’t be out of the refrigerator too long.
Chickpeas are a great vegan and gluten-free source of protein and fiber. They also contain exceptional levels of iron, vitamin B-6, and magnesium. Roasting them at home makes them much easier to enjoy at work as a desk snack. Here’s a recipe we like.
Is it the healthiest option on the list? No. But it might be the most delicious. And pudding isn’t as bad for you as other snacks you could reach for (we’re looking at you, peanut butter, potato chips, candy).
Healthy snacks at work are a decent solution to a common problem: finding yourself working somewhere with limited food options. Fooda was born from that same problem. Now we’re connecting workplaces with authentic restaurants that sets up to sell food directly to employees. People love that they can count on convenient, quick access to a variety of high-quality food. And it’s a lot better than snacking on seeds and tuna every day.