We all know those long work hours, hectic schedules and tight deadlines make it super easy to hit up the vending machine every time the 4 pm sugar lull looms. The constant stream of sugary, trans fat loaded treats is a disaster for your body, so why not pack these healthy (and delicious) alternatives, to keep you feeling full and satisfied at work?
We LOVE pumpkin, and we hope, by now, you know how great this superfood really is! But it’s the pumpkin seeds, which are full of magnesium and zinc, that make the perfect treat. Cover raw, peeled seeds with paprika, cayenne pepper, and curry powder, then roast for 30 minutes.
2. Cucumber Bites
Cucumbers are an excellent alternative to crackers; packed with antioxidants, Vitamin A, B, and C, they help keep you hydrated. Top them off with a helping of nonfat Greek yogurt or some feta cheese, and sprinkle some chia seeds and walnut over the top for a protein-packed bite.
The perfect afternoon pick-me-up, these protein-packed beans are delicious and can be eaten hot or cold. Buy them fresh and steam before sprinkling with salt or chili flakes then chow down.
4. Peanut Butter and Apple Slices
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If you’ve got a sweet tooth, never fear, because there’s plenty of naturally sweet treats to go around. Apples are sweet, thanks to an abundance of natural sugars, while peanut butter is full of the good kind of fats. Both these treats are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and, most importantly, are a match made in heaven.
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Not sure what to do with that old jam jar? Put a few dollops of your favorite organic hummus in the bottom and then stick a handful of carrot, celery and cucumber sticks in (vertically). Screw on the top and this easy, super-healthy snack can go in your handbag - perfect for a long commute from work.
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Roasted beans may not be as popular as nuts (yet!), but they make a delicious snack that is high in protein and fiber. Plus, making this super easy snack at home is extremely economical. Boil the beans until tender and then pat dry before tossing in olive oil and coating with your choice of spices.
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As we have discovered, and you will too, the endive leaf is a natural born vehicle for deliciousness. Why not add a dollop of part-skimmed ricotta and toss on some cranberries, or if you’re after something a little more refreshing, serve with quinoa, pomegranate and a drizzle of lemon!
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An oldie but goodie! The combination of dried fruit, nuts, and sometimes chocolate offers an energy boost from the carbs in the dried fruit or granola, but also sustains the energy spike with fats in the nuts. Just make sure you stick to a single serving; we suggest pre-packing small single-serve bags, so you don’t get carried away!
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Nut butter (almond, cashew or walnut) is a healthy and tasty alternative to peanut butter. Try loading celery sticks with a serving of any nut butter and finish by topping them off with almonds or raisins.
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No healthy snack list would be complete without this mighty food! Wash the kale and cut out the hard stem before tossing with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then, bake until brown and voila, a healthy alternative to chips. Even after roasting, kale is still full of Vitamin K and retains good levels of beta-carotene and Vitamin C.
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