Snacking on healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts or yogurt keep the body fueled and efficient at work. Healthy snacks should be kept to about 100 to 200 calories each and can contain protein and a small amount of carbohydrates and fat.
Planning ahead makes it possible to avoid vending machine temptations at the office. It's healthy to incorporate foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains as snacks, and trail mixes, dried fruit and nuts are all healthy options to keep on hand. Many high-fiber, low-sugar cereals or instant oatmeal packets are quick and easy to prepare and can easily be stored in the office.
Peanut butter is an additional option that provides protein and healthy fat and can be paired with high-fiber, low-fat crackers or fruit for an energy boost mid-morning or afternoon. Low-fat yogurt and cottage cheese also make healthy snacks and can be paired with fruit to satisfy the sweet tooth without adding artificial sugars. Reduced-fat cheese is another good choice, and pairs well with fibrous, low-fat crackers for a satisfying snack.
It is also important to keep in mind that high-calorie, sugary beverages offer no nutritional benefits and can cause energy to crash later in the day. Better options include replacing sodas and juices with plenty of water or herbal teas and coffee without sugar to keep the body hydrated throughout the day.