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Very often, when I am distracted, bored or tired, I gorge on some food. However, over a period of time I could see the results of gorging with an increasing waistline. That is when I decided “enough is enough” and ensured that I only had healthy snack when I am at work. My first step was to search for healthy snacks for work, which can easily be available, and can be eaten even on the go.

Fiber and protein makes for great snacking option at office. Some healthy carbohydrates can also help to maintain blood sugar level and stave off hunger, until you have your next meal.

Nuts
Did I hear your scream, when I said nuts? Yes they are a nutritious snack. Well I agree, they are high in calories and fat, but a few nuts will go a long way to keep you satisfied. As they are power food and provide ‘healthy’ fats, along with some fiber. When you choose nuts, choose the unsalted variety. Along with nuts, you can also have some dried fruits for your dose of fiber and nutrition. There are walnuts, almonds, etc. I prefer having almonds, but you can take your pick.

Fruits
You can choose from a variety of fruits. Haven’t we heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Yeah! Apples make for healthy snacks for work. Citrus fruits give you the required vitamin C and not to forget fiber. You can also choose to cut melons and keep them in the refrigerator to be had as a snack. Strawberries, grapes, etc. also is a good snacking option. You may now ask, if fruit juices are alright. They are not recommended, as most canned juices come with added sugar. Besides eating the fruit will keep you full for a longer period of time.

Vegetables
Like fruits, you can also stack up your office table with salad vegetables. Cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, celery etc. are some of the most healthy snacks at office. You will get the required roughage from them. Hummus can also be used as a dip with the vegetables.

Low Fat Cheese
Low fat cottage cheese, reduced fat cheese, etc. are high protein snacks, that can be used as a healthy snacks option at work. Vegans can eat tofu instead. All of them are powerhouses of protein. They can also be combined with vegetables for a balanced and light snack.

Sprouts
Sprouts make for a healthy breakfast at work. They are rich in protein and fiber. Add different seasonings to the sprouts, to make them taste in different always. Vegetables can also be added to the sprouts to make them more interesting. Have you tried dried peas? You can also use them for healthy snacking and will not be bored, due to the different seasonings they come with.

Popcorn
Air popped popcorn is also a great, late afternoon snack and is a healthy snacks for adults and children alike. However, note that I said air popped. Do to use the pre-packed popcorn, as it often contains trans-fat, which is certainly not healthy.

Whole Grain Sandwich
They make for great healthy diet snacks for breakfast. Vegetables, cottage cheese, tofu, tuna, chicken breast can be some of the options, you can use to make your sandwiches. However, make sure you do not include mayonnaise in them. You can also use the recipes for healthy snacks to make your sandwiches.

Along with healthy snacks for work, you will have to ensure, you also healthy beverages. The best calorie free drink is mineral water. The other healthy options, you have include, herb or regular tea without sugar or caffeine free coffee without sugar. Once in a while you may want to opt for non-fat or low-fat beverages like light hot chocolate or café latte. With the variety available, I am sure, you will be able to eat healthy snacks at work.

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