Affordable and Healthy Snacks You Should Have in Your Office Pantry
by Jett Saw. |
Here’s a weekday afternoon that many of you can relate to:
It's 4PM in the afternoon on a weekday - you’re stuck in the office.
You’re trying to focus on work, but somehow your tummy is telling you otherwise.
Next, your tummy starts crying because it's snack time!
You start scavenging your office pantry for food – only to realise that there’s nothing healthy for you to eat.
To work efficiently, you’ll have to satisfy your hunger pangs so that you can focus! However, it is also important to eat healthy – after all, you are what you eat.
It's also important for business owners to note that if your employees are healthy, you’re benefiting from them having to take a sick day off.
Well, here’s an article for you to tackle the problem. Below are some recommendations for affordable and healthy snacks that you should stock up in your office pantry.
Fruits are a natural source of vitamins and fiber. It’s a no brainer that the office should stock these up in the pantry. There are lots to choose from; hence, if you’re on a tight budget, you might want to go for some local fruit.
Another factor to consider is how convenient it is to eat the fruit – most fruits require you to skin and cut them before eating. Here are the top 3 more convenient fruits you should stock up in your pantry:
Bananas – they’re cheap and convenient to eat
Apples – a bit pricey , but convenient to eat
Oranges – not too expensive, but not as convenient to eat
Sun-Dried / Dehydrated Fruit
Similar to fresh fruit, it’s dehydrated counterpart is also rich in vitamins and fiber. Dried fruit is much more convenient to store and to eat as there isn’t preparation involved. However, dried fruit is less filling because all the water-content in the fruit has evaporated. There’s also a lack of variety in local versions of dried fruit – hence it may not be as affordable.
Sometimes the preservation process requires manufacturers to add sugar to the fresh fruit, hence always look out for labels and select those that have reduced sugar.
Beans, Nuts, & Seeds
I’m personally nuts for NUTS - no, seriously.
Beans, Nuts & seeds are packed with nutrients, healthy fats and protein. Also, walnuts are good for your brain health, and you’d definitely appreciate that extra boost snacking.
Nuts & seeds are low in carbohydrates, hence if sugar is a concern for your diet, perhaps these could fit into your daily diet. Otherwise, you can purchase roasted chickpeas or roasted black beans as a healthy snack option too.
There are a variety of beans, nuts and seeds for you to choose from, where they range in texture, fat percentage, and prices. Seeds are on the cheaper end of the price spectrum, whereas most nuts are relatively expensive.
I’d suggest having a good mix in the office – to balance the budget out between the 3 categories.
Quick oats are also a good snack to have when you’re hungry. Oats are known as one of the ‘superfoods’ due to its nutritional value and health benefits. It’s a really convenient snack to have because all you have to do is add some hot water and it’s good to go!
Having rolled oats on its own may be a bit too plain and bland. However, if you pair it with the right ingredients, you might find the right combination that you’d enjoy. I usually have mine with a tablespoon of honey and some dried berries and nuts.
Some oat brands offer convenient individual flavoured sachets that are already sweetened – you may have a go at those too. However, again please be wary of the sugar content on the packaging.
Crackers are one of the most affordable forms of snacks, however, make sure you opt for wholegrain and low sodium crackers – so that you get your daily boost of fibre and nutrients.
Crackers are a bit tasteless on their own (am I having cardboard as a snack?), hence, it’s a good idea to have some healthy condiments on the side like hummus, or healthy peanut butter. I personally like having my crackers dipped in some tea or black coffee.
Some of the snacks mentioned above can be quite pricey, so I suggest buying them in bulk to save cost; you can check out online stores like Mahnaz Food as have a variety of healthy snacks to choose from.
I hope that these suggestions will influence your future decisions to snack wisely and healthily. Even though these snacks are healthier, it's important to be aware of your portion control, so cap your snacking to maximum 1-2 servings per day. It’s not impossible to stay healthy while making the tummy happy y’all!
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