Try one of these healthy snack options while you're at work.
Sometimes it's challenging to stick to healthy habits at work. The best way to combat the lure of the vending machine is to stock your cubicle with healthy snacks that are convenient and easy to prepare. Try one of these nutritious options.
Apple slices. Kick up your apple a day by slicing it and pairing it with a healthy dip or spread. Try lowfat 1% cottage cheese, which is super-high in protein, riboflavin, and vitamin B12, and low in cholesterol, or spread them with natural-style peanut butter (with lower sodium and sugar content than other varieties) for added protein.
Almonds. An ounce of dry roasted almonds contains 6.8 mg vitamin E - that's 34% of your daily value. They're also a good source for riboflavin (for cell and liver health), magnesium and manganese.
Oatmeal. For a warm, healthy snack, nothing beats oatmeal. It's low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and its fiber content makes you feel satisfied and full. Add dried berries to the mix for extra flavor and health benefits or try Quaker Real Medleys Summer Berry flavor, which combines blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and multigrains for a portable snack that heats up in the microwave.
Berries. Fresh or dried, berries provide the perfect sweet, natural snack. Rich in vitamin C and potassium, low in calories and high in fiber, berries help keep you healthy and give your immune system a boost at the same time. Eat them just as they are or mix with plain yogurt for a delicious treat that's good for you.
Edamame (Soybeans). If you haven't eaten it already at your favorite sushi restaurant, give edamame a try. A cup of this crunchy treat contains only 120 calories. It's high in potassium and vitamin C, too, making it just about the perfect snack. Steam and shell them or leave them intact and add lemon juice for extra flavor.
Hummus. It's a wonderful heart-healthy snack, high in fiber, folate, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of manganese. Use it as a dunk for your veggies and you'll be glad you took the dip.Content by Kimberly Morgan.