When you’re chained to your desk all day it’s extremely difficult, almost impossible to resist snacking.
If you tend to get hungry in between meals and end up stuffing your face with junk food, here are some healthier alternatives we’re giving you in their place.
The right kind of snack can keep your calorie meter in check. Ditch your high-calorie chips packets, desserts, and oily snacks; instead, carry these foods with you to munch on whenever you get hungry.
Chickpeas (channa) is a snack that you can eat any time. It’s loaded with protein, offer plenty of health benefits and contains barely any fat. You can eat plain channa, masala channa or channa chor garam – take your pick!
Nuts And Dried Fruits
Nuts make for a good mid-morning snack when you are at work. Nuts are loaded with proteins, healthy fats and several vitamins and minerals that make them super healthy for our body. If you find them too boring by themselves, buy some masala nuts, they’re a lot more fun to eat!
A minimal quantity of nuts consumed every day also help in weight loss. What’s more? It is a filling snack too!
Instead of eating fried potato chips, opt for baked snacks like khakhra, ragi /nachni chips or baked soya sticks.
Before you groan, sprouts can actually taste pretty good if you cook them well.
Sprouts are a healthy snack option that you could keep at your desk. Boil sprouts and add a little bit of salt and pepper to drive your hunger away.
Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Carry your favorite fruits or slice up some veggies in the morning and take them with you to work. They’re rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and keep you full through the day. Carry fruits like banana, apples, oranges, guava, and berries or a bowl of cut fruits with some black salt on the side.
Whole Wheat Biscuits
So, you have a sweet tooth and are wondering how to stay fit despite your cravings? Then, try the whole wheat biscuits. They are low on calories and you can binge on some biscuits guilt-free. You can consume them when you are running low on energy, or during an evening tea-break. But make sure you don’t take more than three biscuits a day.
Kurmura (puffed rice)
Puffed rice (kurmura) is a light snack that you can eat at any time during the day. You can make bhel or roast these with a little oil, salt and turmeric (haldi) as it gives them a great flavour!
We’ve heard so much about the nutritional benefits of a boiled egg. Then, why not pack them for work too? A high-on-protein snack, carry boiled eggs separately or mix them along with a salad of your choice.
Don’t we all love to cheat on our diets once in a while? It is possible, provided you do it in a smart way. Fix your sweet cravings by having dark chocolates; they are good for your heart.
Opt for these bitter chocolates once in a while when you are tired of having salads and fruits.
Roasted Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which make them a healthy fat. They are a good source of protein and have a pleasant texture.
Protein bars keep you feeling full for long, but the trick is to choose the right kind since many of them are high in calories. Choose protein bars that are about 200 calories and contain little to no sugar.
We love everything Greek! Don’t we?
Plain Greek yogurt is a nutrient-packed snack that has many health benefits. It is high in proteins and calcium, packed with probiotics, and is also an excellent source of iodine. The combination of protein and texture of Greek yogurt may help you feel full!
Now we hope you will be able to curb your hunger pangs in a more healthy way. You don’t have to eat less, just eat right!
Author: Muskan Sachdeva, Team Glamrada