It’s not quite midday but you’re hungry and your blood sugar is crashing. Before you prematurely snack on your lunch, leaving you feeling ashamed and disappointed when actual lunchtime comes around, grab an energy-boosting snack to keep you going. Snacking on something to pep you up will feel way better and leave you without the jitters that that third coffee would bring on.
Fruit with the skin on Fruits have fibre, antioxidants and vitamin C, plus they are considered to be ‘good carbs’ so are great for lifting your energy levels. If you’re the type who can’t be bothered to decant berries into a tupperware or cut up melon in the morning (and also remember to actually pack them in your bag) then grab fruit with the skin on. They’re easy to transport and won’t get ruined in your bag.
Popcorn Don’t be afraid to be that person who makes the whole office smell like delicious, freshly popped popcorn. Popcorn is easy to make, low in kilojoules, high in fibre, and makes you feel full. All perfect for keeping you happy until your next real meal.
Whole-grain toast and cashew-nut butter Don’t listen to Tim Noakes – carbs are your BFF if you want an energy kick. Whole grains are full of vitamins and minerals and are the good kind of carb (the ones that give your body the energy to do its thing). When you eat refined carbs you get that energy boost but you also crash soon after, so stick to whole-wheat carbs. Cashews are full of magnesium, which plays a big role in converting sugar to energy (also, cashew-nut butter is really, really tasty).
Yoghurt and muesli The protein in the yoghurt makes you feel full and the carbs in the muesli give you energy. Add some honey to make things a bit more exciting and give yourself a bit of a sugar rush (just make sure your honey is ethical #SaveTheBees).
Dark chocolate Not that you need convincing but nibbling on some dark chocolate will give you a spring in your step. It contains theobromine which has stimulating properties, giving an effect very similar to caffeine. Please note we’re not talking vaguely dark Bourneville, we’re talking 85% Lindt (or a higher percentage if you’re feeling brave/enjoy the taste of bitter soil).
Hard-boiled egg While making popcorn at work makes you the office favourite, opening a boiled egg in the office is sure to make everyone hate you and your smelly snack. Whatever, though, an egg contains all the vitamins and protein that your body needs to feel energised, and hard-boiled eggs are easy to pop into your lunch bag (as long as they’re still in their shell, duh).
Hummus Chickpeas contain B vitamins and magnesium, which are both crucial in the energy production process. Hummus is both insanely tasty and very transportable, making it perfect for snacking on at work. Pair with carrot sticks or red-pepper slices for a dipping delight.
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