When it comes to snacks at work, it is all too easy to throw in a bag of crisps or a chocolate and graze on it through the morning when hunger pangs strike. But not only is this unhealthy, it can give an initial high followed by a much later low that sees you even hungrier later on in the day. So what’s the answer? Fruit is a good way to fill the gap between meals. It is healthy and there are so many different varieties to choose from, depending on seasons. You can even grow some yourself.
Apples- Apples are easy to throw into the bag and come in all different types – Granny Smith, Pink Ladies, Cox’s and many more. You can eat them on the go and they cause very little mess. The nest.com says that apples contain fructose, which takes a little more time than sucrose to be metabolized into glucose, so it’s a good energy source that doesn’t spike blood sugar levels and insulin release too dramatically. Also, the soluble fibre in apples will make you feel full for longer and help keep hunger pains at bay.
Grapes – Fruitful Office, who know all about fruit and their benefits, say that grapes are a perfect office snack and great for the immune system too – beating those office lurgies. They say that grapes are also a good source of phyto-chemicals which act as powerful antioxidants, cholesterol fighters and immune-system boosters. This makes grapes an essential detox fruit which can be enjoyed on your desk easily all day long.
Bananas – bananas are a good fruit because they are quite filling. They can also be enjoyed as part of a smoothie, making the body of the smoothie ‘creamy’ and it helps to bring the flavours together. Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamins A, C, and B6, fibre, flavonoids, and antioxidants, making them a great choice for an office snack.
Pears – Pears are a great source of fibre and vitamin C, with only 100 calories per serving. Plus, they’re sodium-free, fat-free, and cholesterol-free. They are great when tried alongside other healthy snacks, like nuts and seeds. They are great when poached if you would like a sweet treat, although of course you should try and limit the amount of syrup you use in your recipe!
Dried apricots – Dried fruit provides a rich source of dietary fibre, iron, potassium, and antioxidants. When dried, you can enjoy it at any time of the year, not just when they are in season. Apricots in particular are a great source of iron, so if you find yourself getting a little anaemic, they can provide a much needed boost. You can carry them easily in your bag or work satchel, and enjoy them here and there whenever you get a bit hungry. You can also combine them with seeds and yogurt to create a good healthy breakfast. In that way, raisins are also a good idea to bring into work.