Snack better, work better.
Nutritionists say it’s best to avoid huge meals in favor of spreading out a series of healthy portions over a day. Or, you may be like me and never feel full even if you do graze all day long.
When you’re frazzled and low on energy, a protein bar or whatever else is lying around the office—a bucket of candy, instant oatmeal, even fruit—seems like a godsend. And in moderation, that stuff’s totally fine. The issue comes when that easy fare becomes a major staple in your diet and you end up ingesting a large amount of unnecessary sugars. Too much sugar isn’t just bad for your body—it can also break your concentration and make your head feel funny (thanks, rushes and crashes!), and that’s the last thing you need on the job. The solution, then, is to stash reliable stuff somewhere accessible, like on your desk, in the drawer, or even in the community fridge. Be prepared: It’s the Girl Scout motto and the first rule of workplace snacking.
The second rule of workplace snacking is to snack smart. Protein should be at the core of your snack, and mixing that item with a fat or complex carb will prolong satiety. It’s just like a meal; eating large quantities of one food won’t fill you up as effectively as moderate amounts of a few different foods, my personal theory on why all entrees need at least one companion.
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Whether it’s a personal plate, a handful of curds, or sampling a variety without paying too much, we at MyRecipes love our cheese very much. Done right, cheese is an awesome base for a snack or tiny meal. The key is in the accoutrements. It can be as simple as string cheese and an apple or as extra as a display of multiple sliced cheeses and fruits.
If you’ve ever eaten an entire veggie tray for dinner (like me), then you’re well aware these team players aren’t just useful at parties. Buy a tray if that’s your thing, but you can also chop some vegetables at home and pack them in a Tupperware container. Add hummus or tzatziki for a protein-rich spread or dip.
Nuts, especially cashews, are packed with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids. However, they're often flavored or roasted, making them laden with unncessary sugar and sodium. Cashews are especially fantastic raw and don't taste that different from their salted, rosted counterparts, and almonds are ubiquitous enough that a raw variety won't surprise any palates. You can also use those nuts to spice up your mini cheese plate.
Love it or hate it, canned and pouched tuna thrives. It’s portable, non-perishable, and versatile, which makes it a perfect office snack. Add a little oomph to the standard tuna-and-cracker combo with a spread, like hummus or cream cheese, or throw in some chopped veggies and the oil or mayonnaise of your choice to make a salad.