When I started a job that required me to be at my desk for the majority of my day I was concerned that I might lose some of the healthy habits I had worked so hard to learn. I knew that many of my friends who got jobs had completely abandoned their workout routine and began to live off take-out, and I definitely did not want that to be me! I had worked so hard to attain a certain level of fitness that I dreaded the thought of becoming a sedentary.
So, what’s a girl to do but call her trusted confidant who happens to just have completed her dietitian certification? After voicing my concerns to her she put my mind at ease with a few tips to keep me healthy at work. She suggested that I pack all of my own meals and snacks to avoid thefat and calorie trap of eating out and raiding the vending machine. My first question was, “What is a healthy snack?!”
Here is a list of the top 5 healthy snacks to stash in your desk at work:
- Raw, unsalted nuts. P-R-O-T-E-I-N! Nuts are excellent sources of protein and monounsaturated fat which is good for your heart. However, nuts are calorie-dense so be sure to pre-portion them into snack size baggies with about ¼ cup of nuts in each bag. This top pick is great because it fills you up and contributes to a healthy heart!
- Fruit with a peel. Think apples, tangerines, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, pears, etc. Not only will this give you a dose of necessary vitamins and minerals, but it will also satisfy any sweet tooth craving that may strike. If your company has a fridge you can use, feel free to bring other fruits, but fruits with a natural casing work great for being stashed in a desk!
- Multigrain crackers. Look for all-natural, multigrain crackers to keep at your desk for when a hankering for something salty and crunchy hits! There are many different varieties to choose from, but look for ones with 4 grams of fiber or more and low sodium. Eat plain or dip into some healthy hummus.
- Low-fat popcorn. Salty, crunchy with the timeless hand-to-mouth appeal? Sign this girl up! Reach for the healthy variety with lower fat and sodium to make it an even better choice. The snack size bags are usually around 100 calories and provide more than enough popcorn. Just be careful not to burn the bag…the smell of burnt popcorn lingers.
- Turkey or Beef Jerky. Turkey and beef jerky are both low in carbohydrates, low in fat and high in protein, making them a delicious, nutritious snack. They tend to be high in sodium so be sure to buy the lower sodium version if you can find it. My friend said that her health fitness specialist that trains and works out at her gym recommended beef jerky as one of the best snacks to keep at your desk because it stays good for a long time and has impressive nutritional stats.
Keep your desk stocked with all these snacks and avoid going hungry or eating unhealthy while at your desk at work.