You pack a healthy lunch to take to work but by the time three o’ clock rolls around, you’re craving a snack. Your head tells you that you must choose protein-rich snacks but your tongue wants a taste of the cake, chocolate or crisps.

Make the mid-afternoon slump easier on yourself by stocking the office pantry with these healthy snack options. They will keep you going strong all day long!

  1. Energy bars

A low-calorie, high-protein, a high-fibre bar is a great go-to snack that every office pantry must stock. One bar provides approximately 200 calories worth of energy as well as a portion of your protein and fibre requirement.

  1. Fresh fruit

Making nutrition a team effort is sure to help. Why not stop at the subziwalaon the way and pick up half a dozen apples or bananas?  Fresh fruits, be they citrus or others, are one of the best snacks that you can enjoy while at work. But stay away from juices, they pack a punch when it comes to calories.office pantry snacks: fruits

  1. Wholegrain cookies

Cookies made with whole grains like whole wheat or oats are rich in fibre and antioxidants and easy to digest. They are also a low-fat and low-calorie snack that you can munch on without any guilt.

  1. Nuts, seeds & berries

Nuts such as almonds, seeds, and dried berries are superfoods that should be a part of your diet. They are rich in proteins, minerals and fibre and also provide you with a burst of energy. Aim to get in a mix that’s not more than a handful. Really, that’s a snack size!office pantry snacks: berries

  1. Cheese

This is a tasty snack that you can eat on its own or pair with fresh fruits or crackers. The Livestrong.com website says that an ounce of cheddar cheese provides 200 milligrams of calcium. But beware, for it has an addictive taste so stop after you consume a healthy serving.

  1. Yoghurt/curd

Cooling and light, this is the right snack for a hot afternoon. Six ounces of curd – approximately ¾ cup – provides your body with 100-150 calories. It contains probiotics, the good bacteria, and can improve digestion, boost immunity, strengthen bones and teeth, and improve cardiovascular health.curd

  1. Low-fat popcorn

You wouldn’t think it of something that’s a staple at movie halls, but popcorn does have some health benefits.  Popcorn is a whole grain and so can help regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels and improve the digestive process. A good source of fibre, these low-fat munchies can satisfy your craving for something salty and crunchy.

  1. Hummus

The Arabic dip/ spread made from cooked and mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic is one of the most popular sites across the world. Hummus is high in protein and iron and gets you fuller faster. Eat as is or with diced veggies, crackers or toast.chickpeas

  1. Wasabi peas

Wasabi peas energise and satisfy your spicy and crunchy cravings. Made with dried peas and Wasabi seasoning, they are the great replacement for the deep-fried nankeens and chips. But keep in mind that a 1-ounce serving of Wasabi peas contains 120 calories and 3 grams of fat.

  1. Dry cereal/oatmeal

When all else fails, a box of cereal is it bran flakes or oats, can be your go-to snack. A small portion provides you with ample energy to finish your workday with pizzazz.oatmeal

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Written by Ayesha Kauser

Ayesha Kauser

Ayesha Kauser believes, isn’t a quick-fix solution to good health. It needs to be a long-term habit. Ayesha’s interest in food science led her to take up nutritional studies, and she obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Food Science and Nutrition from Mount Carmel College. Healthy living refers to the practice of health-enhancing behaviour that is consistent with supporting, improving and maintaining one’s ideal weight, Ayesha says. Setting personal goals such as a healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep can optimise good health and prevent lifestyle diseases. When it comes to nutrition, Ayesha believes what Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” A healthy life goes hand in hand with real food – not fad diets, magic pills or portion sizes, she says. She advocates building a healthy relationship with wholesome foods to avoid the concept of restrictive diets.

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