It’s said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It boosts your metabolism, gets your mind working and keeps the hunger pains at bay – for a little while. But what do you do when 10:30 a.m. rolls around and your stomach starts to grumble? You could remain starving until lunch (and end up overeating), or eat a quick healthy snack.
Try to resist the sugary doughnuts your coworker brought that day, and even that warm, delicious slice of coffee cake from the bakery nearby. Sugary, salty snacks may seem like a quick fix to give you that extra boost of energy, but once the sugar wears off you’ll start to crash.
We’ve put together a list of quick, healthy snacks you can eat sitting behind your standing desk. And once you’re finished, stand up and feel the energy flowing and a boost in concentration. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
This healthy snack is super easy for the person who needs to grab and go in the morning. Edamame is full of protein and fiber, two elements your body needs on a daily basis. You can buy the frozen version and keep them in your office freezer, but fresh produce is often the best. So buy a bag and throw it in the office fridge Monday morning. Warm them in the microwave and you’re all set!
2. Hard Boiled Egg
Eating eggs doesn’t have to be reserved for breakfast. Boil a few eggs Sunday night and you’ll have a healthy snack every day of the week. One hardboiled egg contains about 70 calories with five to six grams of protein. They’re easy to crack and peel while working at your standing desk.
Almonds have been a healthy snack staple for years. One ounce is about 184 calories, and almonds are high in omega-9 fatty acid. These are good fats that improve heart health. Go for raw or with minimal salt. Pour a few in a plastic bag before work and store them at your standing desk so they’re within arm’s reach. You won’t even have to take a work break!
4. Produce and Hummus
Hummus is the perfect snack no matter the time of day. It contains beneficial fibers and nutrients, and it’s filling when eaten with produce. Try celery, broccoli or carrots. Another favorite is hummus with red bell pepper – a veggie packed full of carotenoids, antioxidants and vitamins.
*Tip: After you return from grocery shopping, chop up your veggies all at once and place them in containers, then you can grab and go when you need a quick healthy snack. You can also rinse your fruits and veggies with vinegar and water to remove most of the pesticides. Learn more, HERE.
Absolutely delicious with just a hint of lime or salt, avocados are an extremely healthy snack to enjoy mid-morning. Avocados contain nine to 11 grams of fiber per avocado. Slice up half an avocado, or make a spread to put over a tortilla for a quick snack to enjoy.
Try out a few of these during the workweek and let us know how you like them! Do you have any other ideas for quick snacks to enjoy between meals? Let us know!