Healthy Office Snacks

Working in an office can wreak havoc on your diet. It's bad enough that you sit at your desk for eight hours - many of us also tend to eat junk, especially during those tough afternoon hours, when blood sugar levels often drop, causing us to reach for sugary snacks.

The problem is even worse if your office has a kitchen filled with temptations such as cookies and crackers, or if your office building has a vending machine. When hunger strikes, it's very difficult to say "No" to sugary snacks, even if you really do want to minimize your consumption of white sugar and flour.

But there IS hope! With some planning, it's possible to work in an office, eat a healthy diet and avoid gaining weight. The secret? Bring healthy snacks from home! If you rely on whatever the office, or the vending machine, has to offer, you will most likely eat junk.

Instead, plan your day ahead and bring a healthy, low-calorie snack from home. Plan to eat it around 3pm, a time when most of us feel tired and sluggish. Your snack should contain complex carbs and protein - this will help keep your blood sugar levels steady and will help you feel fuller for longer. The ideal snack will be around 200 calories.

Here are a few healthy office snack ideas:

1. Fruit and cheese. Enjoy an apple or a pear with an ounce of cheddar cheese. This snack is tasty, healthy, rich in protein, and just under 200 calories.

2. Nuts and dried fruit. One of our favorite office snacks here at Hourglass Angel is an ounce of almonds (pre-measured and placed in a plastic reusable container) mixed with a mini box of raisins (14 grams). A yummy sweet and salty combination, this snacks contains about 200 calories, fiber and antioxidants.

3. Greek yogurt, honey and fruit. Half a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt, mixed with a tablespoon of honey and half a cup berries, or a small banana. Filling and delicious, this snack provides you with lots of protein, a full serving of fruit and antioxidants. It contains around 200 calories.

In addition to planning each day's snacks, you should also bring a reusable water bottle and sip from it throughout the day. It's also a good idea to always have a 200-calories energy bar in your desk drawer, so that if you forget to bring a snack one day, you won't have to resort to getting something from the vending machine.