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Snacking while at Work? Try these Healthy Options

3 pm. You’re reeling under the double whammy of lunch and that damned presentation when you decide to cheer yourself up with a chocolate chip cookie. And another and another.

Nutrition experts say that this desktop eating habit is a health disaster in the making. For when we snack at our desk, we tend to eat fast and furiously, ending up eating more than we need. Often, while eating at work, one engages in “mindless eating” – the teeth are chewing, but the brain isn’t aware.

How does one overcome the snacking pitfalls at work? When pizzas, burgers, fried chicken and hot chocolate fudge are just a phone call away, and when you are surrounded by colleagues who are foodies too?

Plan ahead. Keep healthy options – dried fruits and nuts, high-fibre breakfast cereal, oatmeal and low-fat crackers/biscuits – stashed away for days when you can’t carry anything.

On other days, ensure that you carry a little snack box along with your lunch.

Not sure of what to carry every day? Here are some healthy and easy-to-make ideas. They may take a bit of preparation the day before, but we guarantee that this works out way better than ordering in – on your waist as well as on your pocket. Happy snacking!

  • Low-fat yogurt with fruit

  • Low-fat cottage cheese with fruit

  • Fruit smoothies

  • Apple and peanut butter

  • Fruit/Chana Chaat

  • Watermelon & Feta/ Paneer Salad

  • Sprout Salad with Mint

  • Corn & Leftover Chicken salad

  • Cheese/Spread Rollups

  • Leftover-Veggies-in-Roti Rolls

  • Home-made muffins/cupcakes/cookies

  • Fruit salad with mint and honey dressing

  • Whole grain sandwiches

  • Whole wheat toast with yogurt spread

  • Hummus with vegetable sticks

  • Popcorn

  • A selection of teas

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