Nuts.com contacted me about contributing to their healthy tips for the workplace. I was not compensated in any way for this post. They created the above graphic with the healthy tips I provided.
My number one health tip for the workplace is to pack healthy snacks!
Having snacks prepared and packed means you will be less likely to find yourself famished and making poor food choices.
General rule of thumb for healthy snacks is to get at least 2 food groups. For example, if your mid morning snack is a piece of fruit, pair that with some string cheese or nuts to help you feel full longer and to provide your body with more nutrients. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, try eating some almonds with dark chocolate – yum!
Healthy Snacking Options:
- Trail mix
- Fresh fruit
- String cheese
- Babybel Light Cheese
- Greek yogurt
- Hard boiled eggs
- Beef or turkey jerky
Snacking throughout the day is a great way to ensure your body is getting the calories and nutrients that it needs in order to sustain your energy level, boost your metabolism, and avoid overeating later in the day. Make sure to choose healthy snacks such as those listed above and mix and match in order to get at least 2 food groups. Try not to go longer than 3-4 hours without eating.
If you are trying to gain weight (lean muscle mass), snacking is a great time to get in extra calories. Choose nutrient dense snacks such as healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado, hummus) and protein (dairy products, lean meat, jerky) foods so you get more bang for your buck.
If you are trying to lose weight, try snacking on vegetables, fruit, and protein based foods. Pair fresh vegetables such as cucumbers, bell peppers, and carrots with hummus or choose low-fat Greek yogurt.
Healthy Snack Recipes
These Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups are another favorite of mine.
Also, check out Energy Ball recipes from Fit Foodie Finds and The Healthy Maven.
And again, head over to Nuts.com Healthy Snacks page for healthy snacks, high protein snacks, snacks for kids, and more!
What is your favorite snack food(s)?