Sometimes working eight or more hours a day can make it difficult to eat healthfully unless you plan ahead. Before you dig through your bag for spare change and head to the closest vending machine, café or supermarket, plan ahead and stash healthy, nutritious snacks in a cabinet, drawer, or your briefcase to keep you feeling satisfied, motivated and focused throughout your work day.
1. Herbal Tea Bags
Besides being a tasty, warming and comforting drink, herbal teas can have wonderful health benefits. From soothing a troubled stomach (ginger and peppermint teas), to calming your mind and easing your stress levels (chamomile, lemongrass, peppermint teas) herbs have all sorts of healing powders.
Drinking herbal teas can also provide you with a variety of different vitamins and minerals. Instead of reaching for a soft drink throughout the day, try organic green tea which works as a mild stimulant, allowing you to focus throughout your work day. It also provides many health benefits such as; anti-carcinogenic, antibiotic due to high levels of polyphenols and antioxidant.
2. Cacao Melts and Dates
Dates and cacao melts are wonderful ingredients to not only have in your pantry but in your work drawer too! Dates are a natural source of insoluble fibre essential for gut health and regularity but they are also a great source of sulphur, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, potassium and manganese. Cacao melts are also rich in antioxidants, amino acids, nutrients such as magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, Vitamin C and minerals. By pairing these two together, they make a perfect pick me up, as together they’re a delicious and nutritious snack.
At Changing Habits, we also have a great snack recipe for ‘Date Squishes’ – recipe here.
3. Nuts and/or Seeds
Stash nuts and seeds in your office drawer or in your purse to nibble on when the 3pm hunger and/or cravings hit. Nuts and seeds are a naturally high source of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium as well as being rich in protein and fibre. This helps to stabilise your blood sugar levels and feel satisfied for longer. Nuts also help to maintain healthy eyes, skin, hair and nails. You can make up your own healthy trial mix, with some of your favourite foods, try this recipe here. If you’re allergic to nuts or looking for something different try some Inca Inchi Salted Seeds which are one of the most highly digestible, low-irritant, high quality proteins on the planet and thus has become one of nature’s superfoods!
4. Cacao Quick Hunger Fix
When you’re in a rush at work or on the go, and want something that’s not only warm and comforting but also nutritious, add a tablespoon or two of the Cacao Quick Hunger Fix powder to a mug along with hot water and a dash of milk (dairy, coconut or nut milk). By adding chia seeds it can double as a breakfast or daytime snack which will sustain your energy levels and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
5. Essential Oils
Okay, maybe it’s not a snack but did you know that essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically and emotionally? So if you’re feeling lethargic, unmotivated, unable to focus and irritable why not try using essential oils in a diffuser or oil burner (no doubt your workmates will also appreciate the beautiful aromas).
Peppermint oil can be used to stimulate the mind as it increases mental alertness. Lemon oil is great for increasing focus and concentration and grapefruit oil can help if you are experiencing fatigue.
If you want to take the guesswork out of mixing your own essential oils, we highly recommend these blends ‘Celebrate & Uplift’, ‘De-stress & Revive’, ‘Energy & Vitality’, ‘Focus & Clarity’ and ‘Instant Calm’ from the beautiful Twenty8.
So there you have Changing Habits top 5 ‘go to’ healthy snacks to keep in your desk drawer. Is there anything else you would add to our list?
Happy changing habits.