Shocking facts about snacking at the office
Remember the slice of pepperoni pizza you snagged at the lunch meeting or the chocolate brownie your colleague brought?
We spend maximum time of the day at our workplace. And with co-workers spending more time together, tend to binge on snacks which isn’t healthy. With regular snacking being the new normal, it is crucial to ensure that foods and beverages consumed as snacks contribute to health, rather than jeopardizing it. To help you snack smart, here is a list of facts about snacking that you should definitely be aware of. The following 15 tips will assist you in snacking at the workplace:
- Healthy snacking can improve moods, increase productivity and keep people energised. You can’t argue with nutritional science. An array of healthy energy-boosting foods, such as dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and whole grain cereal or granola can help prevent you from crashing or fizzling out.
- Studies have revealed that eating more frequently and snacking throughout the day is usually linked to a lower BMI.
- Those random dessert cravings are generally caused by stress and anxiety. Sometimes, when you crave sugary treats, it can be a signal that your body is simply lacking water or magnesium. Dark chocolate is very rich in magnesium so have a bit of it.
- Snack mindfully, not mindlessly. This means being aware of what and why you’re eating. It refers to listening to your body’s hunger cues and if truly hungry choosing nutritious snacks such as low fat cheese sandwich, fruit, or low-fat popcorn is an example of mindful snacking.
- Plan ahead. Unhealthy snacks are usually preferred for healthy ones due to lack of time or money. Stock up on grab-and-go snacks such as fruits, salad, whole grain crackers, yogurt, and milk.
- Select protein-rich foods such as milk, mozzarella cheese sticks, fat-free or low-fat yogurt or yogurt drinks, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, and lean meats as snacks. Emerging research suggests that increasing protein intake contributes to a feeling of fullness, which could help prevent overeating.
- Read the nutritional facts label on foods and beverages to help choose healthy snacks.
- Pay attention to portion sizes and avoid oversized portions of snacks. Measure out a proper serving instead of munching straight from the bag, keep snack-size bags on hand or buy single-serve snack packages.
- Nuts are a healthy choice. While nuts do contain a relatively high number of calories per unit weight, they contain high amounts of protein and monounsaturated fats that are good for heart health, especially raw or dry roasted nuts. So enjoy having nuts on salads, blended into smoothies, simply snacking on them, or having nut butter on toast.
A planned snack may help avoid late afternoon energy slump. It is normal for blood glucose levels to drop during the day. A healthy snack around afternoon can tide you over this time.