Believe us we know the office can be a tricky place when you’re trying to be mindful of your eating. Our office has not one but three different types of biscuits so we totally understand. Snacking is usually the culprit in derailing our healthy habits, and the worst part is, it’s often quite subconscious so we get a bit caught off guard when we feel funny or aren’t hungry at lunch. Below are some low calorie snacks you can keep on hand in the office.
You know what they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away… and the fat. A large apple has about 116 calories. Why we love it? Fruit is a great source of vitamins and fiber which people can often miss in their regular meals.
Nuts are a good source of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Pistachios are one of the lowest calorie nuts at 160 calories an ounce – that’s about 50 pistachos. If you’re fidgety or a stress eater get them in the shell. They’ll keep your hands occupied and you end up eating much less as shelling them can be such a tiring chore.
Chop up your carrots fresh or buy them in the cute snack packs if you’re pressed for time. If you can eat them raw, the killer is usually the heaving dips people choose. If not natural nut butters or hummus will make a healthier choice than nutella or ranch dressing. Veggies are vitamin rich snacks and also hold a lot of water.
A bag of Propercorn Lightly Sea Salted is 85 calories and will keep your hand and mouth occupied. Popcorn isn’t really nutrient rich so this wouldn’t be our first pick though it does have roughly a gram of fiber per cup.
Another light and tasty snack. At 30 calories per cake we really like these Kallo organic rice cakes. If their too plain for your taste buds again go for natural nut butters to flavor them up.
If you have time to meal prep this chocolate chip muffin recipe is worth trying at 45 calories a pop! You can also freeze muffins for up to 3 months and warm as needed. They’re made with greek yogurt and coconut oil so they pack some protein and healthy fats.
Yes kale crisps are super delicious… and no we’re not vegan. This is coming from full on carnivores. Try our sea salt and garlic recipe or you can spice them up with different seasonings like chili-lime, or parmesan.
Here’s a super easy, light recipe for edamame. Bag it, and bring it in for a high-protein, low-fat snack.
Hard boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs are an easy, protein-packed snack. You can boil them in the morning while you get ready for work and throw them in a little container to go. Just don’t forget about them. Nobody wants to be responsible for the rotten egg smell in the office, or their handbag.
Subscription Snack boxes
Everything is going the subscription route these days… even snacking. Graze boxes are filled with super flavorful snacks, and super good for you ingredients. You can register for calorie light snacks or protein packed snacks. A box of 4 snacks will run you about £4.50. Or if you’re trying to reshape your office’s snacking habits, Boroughbox can set up a bespoke subscription of healthy office snacks that will please most anyone.
Our number one snacking tip – try to keep snacks on hand with nutrients you typically have a hard time getting in at regular meals. So, if you’re someone who typically lacks fiber, try to keep fruit or popcorn on hand as your go to snack. It may not be as enjoyable if you’ve been avoiding certain foods for a reason however, if you’re stuck with it you’ll eat it.
Finally don’t skimp on regular meals! None of these snacks constitute a real breakfast or lunch. These are just to help you make it between meals, or for persons who stress eat in the office. You can check out some of our other blogs for recipe ideas. Maybe our overnight oats for breakfast, and chicken fajita salad for lunch!