Everyone needs a break from the drudgery of the office, but the foods you choose could make or break your diet. If you find yourself craving sweets or raiding the vending machine every day, you could be taking in more calories, and packing on more pounds, than you realize.
Making a few simple changes in how you eat at work can make a big difference in your diet and help you lose weight. Just choose one of these healthy snacks the next time hunger strikes at the office.
Pretzels are low in fat and calories and tasty to boot. Grab a pack of healthy whole wheat pretzels from the office vending machine, or bring your own and save some money.
Popcorn is another healthy snack for the office. Air-popped popcorn is best, but chances are you do not have an air popper at the office. Look for low fat microwave popcorn and enjoy a healthy snack any time of day.
3. Tortilla chips
If you find yourself grabbing the chips from the vending machine, reach for the tortilla chips instead. Tortilla chips are lower in fat than potato chips, and better for you as well. Bring in a bag from home and enjoy a handful while you work.
4. Whole wheat crackers with organic peanut butter
A handful of crackers is a great workplace snack, and whole wheat ones are always a great choice. Top those healthy whole wheat crackers off with a dollop of your favorite organic peanut butter for a satisfying midday snack.
5. Almonds and other nuts
Nuts are full of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, making them a great choice for the office. Almonds are also very filling, so they can satisfy your cravings until lunchtime.
Keeping a fruit bowl at the office is a great way to indulge your sweet tooth naturally. Bring in a bunch of bananas, or a couple of oranges to enjoy whenever the mood strikes.
7. Instant oatmeal
Oatmeal is a great breakfast food, and it is easy to whip up some instant oatmeal right at work. All you need is some hot water from the coffee machine, a microwave to heat it up. Choose a variety of flavors and keep them in your desk.
8. Veggies and dip
A plate of vegetables and dip is the perfect office snack. You can enjoy a variety of fresh vegetables with a healthy dip by yourself, or whip up a larger plate and share with your coworkers.
9. Healthy snack bars
Bring a couple of snack bars with you to the office and enjoy them anytime the craving strikes. Look for snack bars that are made with healthy ingredients, and watch out for artificial ingredients, extra sugar and other potentially unhealthy ingredients.
10. Trail mix
A bag of trail mix is a great snack for the workplace. You can enjoy a bag of healthy trail mix any time you want, even in the middle of that hectic meeting. Check your office vending machine, or grab a bag at the grocery store and keep a bowl on your desk.