Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Well, sometimes we love our work so much and are often so busy with it that it results in skipped meals. Not only is that harmful for you, but it is also harmful for your productivity, which is why we give you seven alternatives that you can eat on the go. These snacks will keep you charged up throughout the day and you can easily share them with your colleagues as well!
- Nuts and seeds
Almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, pecans, pine nuts, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and others can all be mixed and turned into a snack that packs a punch. Full of several vitamins and minerals even a small serving can act as a big boost for your heart, brain and waistline. Though some would argue that not all of these are nuts and seeds, as some are drupes and legumes, the point is that they are great for your health.
Pro tip: Mix in some sea salt, your favourite dried herbs and a generous drizzle of olive oil or sesame oil and toast them for a few minutes. Their shelf life and crunch factor will keep you happy and sated.
Loaded with vitamins, yogurt is one of the biggest forms of nourishments that you can give to yourself, almost second to milk. This probiotic is great for your gut health and keeps you full for quite some time. The versatility to eat it as a savoury dish or a sweet treat adds to its appeal. Readily available in your favourite fruit combination or even in the form of buttermilk, yogurt will keep you on your toes and help you take on whatever a busy day throws your way.
Pro tip: Cut a bunch of fruits, whip some yogurt and drizzle some honey. Try some tart fruits for a flavor explosion.
- Kale chips
Kale is an antioxidant superstar. Filled with beta-carotene, Vitamin C, kaempferol and quercetin, kale is the superfood that you will want for every meal. Kale helps with weight management and is good for your eyesight. So whenever you feel droopy, reach for a few kale chips.
Pro tip: Chop some kale leaves and drizzle over some olive oil and bake in the oven. The crispness can give potato chips a run for their money.
Perfectly portable and the best way to consume your five fruit and veggie quota of the day. You can whip it up with your favourite ingredients and a protein supplement that you take, or not. Adjust the sweetness or substitute sugar for honey or dates or even jaggery, if you like.
Pro tip: Add a banana to your smoothie for creaminess and that spike of energy that will keep you going throughout a packed day.
- Granola bars
A lack of fiber slows down your metabolism and results in you feeling tired and sluggish too often. Give your metabolism a kick start with granola bars that are made with whole grains such as wheat and oats, which will help you get your daily dose of fiber.
Pro tip: Make your own granola bars with muesli, coconut and a handful of almonds. Throw in a good measure of dark chocolate as an extra treat for yourself and your body.
Thankfully in India, bananas are widely available and so easy on the pocket too. A couple of bananas are all you need to keep your tummy full and your body energetic. A perfect snack between meetings, this fruit can be eaten anywhere, anytime.
Pro tip: To make bananas more palatable, add a sprinkling of dried mango powder and rock salt, with a fresh squeeze of lime.
Filled with dietary fiber and antioxidants, popcorn can be your all-rounder snack, and you thought it was just for movie nights. Perfect for sharing and passing around even when in a meeting, this snack is an energy storehouse.
Pro tip: Add different seasonings every day for new flavour combinations. Skip the cheese and try chilly instead or even the good ol’ mixed herbs will give you new perspective.