Recently I had a chat with a friend of mine about the fact we love snacking at work – although it gives us a deep feeling of guilt. Afterall who doesn’t a small treat to keeps him going in the middle of the afternoon?
Normally we don’t need snacks, as our 3 meals are supposed to bring sufficient energy throughout the day – we all know that.
Anyway, I felt that there are many cases where snacks are useful:
– you just quit smoking, so you feel like eating something you enjoy and that will not harm your health.
– you try to implement healthier eating habits, and you want to start small by introducing small amount of vegetables and fruits to your diet.
– you’re trying to lose weight: as restricting your calorie intake is not paying off on the long term, why not introduce small snacks so you are not craving for a chocolate bar or crisps.
So here are my tips for nice snacks that will satisfy your cravings:
Some are very simple and are ideal to bring to work, some require a few more minutes of preparation.
- blueberries + cottage cheese + honey/agave syrup
- one slice of wholegrain bread topped with butter, honey and honeybee pollen
- a smoothie made of: 1 green apple, 1 carrot, 1 orange, 5 strawberries and 1 slice of fresh ginger
- one self-made porridge: oat + water + 1 teaspoon of honey + 1 handful of berries + 1 tbsp of yoghurt
- one small “breakfast” bowl: 3 tbsp of muesli + 3 tbsp. of yoghurt + 3 tbps of compote + a few nuts
- celery/carrots sticks with homemade hummus (for hummus: just mix the content of a chickpeas can with 2 tbsp. olive oil, the squeeze of a lemon, 2 cloves of garlic and a bit of tahini or sesame oil if you like the taste of sesame paste)
- thin slices of bresaola on some rucola leaves, on a Wasa slice topped with Philadelphia.
- one slide of Wasa, topped with a slice of smocked salmon, 2/3 slices of avocado, 1 tbsp of Philadelphia cheese and chives.
- celery sticks stuffed with a mix of creamy cheese/blue cheese