Those with office jobs recognize the importance of snacks that enable them to push through the drive for work. Essentially, a snack at lunchtime is like a mini-break for your body and a reward for your senses. But, it’s a sensible solution as well.
Lunchtime snacks fuel you to remain focused on your job. Or, at least, it keeps you from being a hangry nightmare towards your officemates until you make it to 5 o’clock.
If you are snacking in order to maintain your energy, amidst your busy schedule, your best option is to choose something delicious but easy to prepare. Here are some easy snack ideas for work.
By adding a 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels to a microwave-safe tub, make easy air-popped popcorn at the office, then cover it with a microwave-safe plate and pop it in for 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
To add flavor, store seasonings such as red pepper flakes, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, or dried rosemary in your drawer. If you don’t have a microwave available, you can also make it at home.
Reheat-able Egg Muffins
One option for healthy, on-the-go foods are egg muffins made out of beaten eggs, veggies, and cheese. Mix beaten raw eggs with chopped vegetables and shredded cheese to prepare your own egg muffins.
Pour the mixture into greased muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes at 375°F (190°C). Put it in the microwave for 60-90 seconds or until it’s warmed through to reheat an egg muffin at work.
Vacuum-sealed tuna pouches are easy snacks that can be packed and consumed at work and do not have to be drained. Tuna is filled with protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Tuna pouches in stores and online are readily available. Look for variants containing light tuna skipjack, which has a lower mercury content than other varieties.
Granola is a snack that can be conveniently kept in your desk drawer. It’s better to make your own because most store-bought variants are high in sugar and contain unhealthy vegetable oils that can increase inflammation in your body.
In a mixture of melted coconut oil and honey, just combine the rolled oats, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and cashews. Then, spread the mix on a lined baking sheet and bake at low heat for around 40 minutes.
This combination of complex carbs, fiber, and healthy fats is healthy, balanced, and rich. Also, the soluble fiber in oats can help lower levels of cholesterol and improve the health of the heart.
The range of choices out there is the great thing about protein bars. Name a flavor (peanut butter, fruit, and cream), the dietary requirement (low sugar, gluten-free), or texture (chewy, wafer-ey), and you can find a protein bar that fits the criteria.
In just a couple of tasty bites, many are filled with 10 to 20 grams of protein. Just be on the lookout for high concentrations of sugar alcohols or added fibers, if these ingredients appear to give you tummy troubles.
A non-perishable snack that is rich in protein, fiber, and many vitamins and minerals is roasted chickpeas. There are 5 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein in a 1/2 cup (125 grams) of chickpeas.
Drain a can of chickpeas to make roasted chickpeas, and pat them dry. Toss them in your choice of olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings, and bake at 350 °F (180 °C) for 40 minutes on a lined baking sheet.
The above are some ideas for easy, (even healthy) work snacks you can bring or prepare at work.
There are delicious and easy options for you here, whether you’re craving salty or sweet, creamy or crunchy.