22nd May 2021

Throughout the global pandemic, many of us were forced to work at home and our perpetual work from home days resulted in endless Zoom meetings and countless trips to the snack cupboard.  

In normal circumstances, we would have burnt off those extra calories throughout the day via commuting and going to the gym, but due to lockdown we were forced to sit in our homes and pile on the pounds. 

Now that offices are getting back to business and gyms have reopened, our sense of normality is somewhat returning. And along with this we wanted to remind you that snack choices don’t always have to be mindless. In fact, through careful planning you can ensure your snacks are healthy, within a reasonable calorie range AND tasty to eat. 

Here’s our top tips to mindful snacking which can easily be consumed in the office or on the go… 

Protein Bars 

If you opt for the right protein bar it could feel like you’re eating chocolate, only you’re not and what you’re getting is a protein dense mid-morning or afternoon meal.  

Some protein bars can offer up to 20g of protein with less than 2g of sugar, and with an array of flavours on the market you can take your pick anywhere from vanilla fudge to birthday cake to chocolate brownie. 

Choosing the right protein bar is crucial to your experience however, as some can tend to have a chalk-like taste or chewy and hard to swallow.  Also make sure you read the nutrition label to avoid snacking on a bar which is loaded with sugar.

Fresh Fruit 

The easiest and perhaps cheapest of all snacks is fresh fruit. Chop yourself some strawberries and bananas, with a handful of blueberries and raspberries and you’ve got yourself a low-calorie snack.  

To really turn it into something special, we would advise sprinkling some chia seeds and goji berries on top and mixing in a plant-based custard or yoghurt for that extra yum factor.  

It’s quick, easy and a bowl of goodness for those peckish bellies come the afternoon slump. 

Veggie sticks 

Just like fresh fruit, veggie sticks such as carrots, cucumbers, capsicum or tomatoes are cheap and low in calories. However, munching on these and these alone can often feel bland and uneventful. 

That’s why we recommend teaming it up with some good old Middle Eastern hummus.  

A savory blend made from crushed chickpeas and mixed with tahini, lemon juice and garlic, hummus is always a firm favourite when it comes to dipping in those veggies. 

Popcorn  

Bucket loads of popcorn might traditionally be associated with the cinema and fun nights in front of the t.v, but unbeknown to many, popcorn is considered a healthy low-calorie snack. 

A standard sized bag usually clocks in at just below 100 calories and like protein bars, popcorn now comes in a range of different flavours. 

Popcorn is actually a whole grain food which makes it naturally high in important nutrients and fiber which makes eating it hugely beneficial. 

Dark Chocolate with Mixed Nuts 

We like to be advocates of chocolate because let’s face it, chocolate just about fixes anything. Instead of reaching for the generic white or milk options however, we suggest opting for a darker chocolate combined with a handful of mixed nuts. 

Dark chocolate which contains over 75% of cocoa is loaded with nutrients which can positively affect your health.  

Apart from the well-known health benefits, did you know that eating dark chocolate could help protect your skin from the sun? (Gunnars, 2018) 

How can Peel help? 

Luckily for you, Peel stocks all, or some variation, of the above and is always on hand to provide you with your snack requirements. 

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References: 

Gunnars, K. (2018). 7 proven health benefits of dark chocolate. Healthlinehttps://onedrive.live.com/edit.aspx?resid=A8D8B7477072188D!185&ithint=file%2cdocx&wdOrigin=OFFICECOM-WEB.START.MRU