You can eat healthy even if you are working eight or more hours a day, but only if you plan ahead. Research shows that for keeping metabolism charged and increasing your body energy level, eating every four hours is recommended.
Before you grab your spare change and head to the vending machine, think smart and plan ahead, just stash low calorie healthy snacks in a cabinet, drawer or your personal briefcase. Each of the following snacks has less than 200 calories:
Crackers and peanut butter
Skip the offered vending peanut butter crackers and pack your very own tasty nutritious snack. To ease the hunger pain, try 10 multigrain wheat cracked with a tablespoon of peanut butter. This snack is just 198 calories and offers 2 grams of fiber. It is also a complex carbs and protein combination that will keep your blood sugar stable and you will not feel hunger longer time.
As you are walking out of the door every morning, don’t forget to grab an apple, pear, banana, grapes or any other type of fruit. If you consume a different fruit every day, you will obtain a solid variety of nutrients and fiber, plus you won’t ever get bored with the same snack.
The average serving of fruit is 60-70 calories, and for a good protein boost as well as extra vitamin D and calcium you can also grab a cup of fat free milk (about 90 calories). This protein and fiber combination will definitely prevent you from mindless eating, and will keep you feeling full.
Be smart and for a crunchy snack, instead of chips choose nuts. They are rich in hearth healthy fats, but they have high-caloric content (around 170 calories per ounce) so be careful, instead of munching an entire bag, measure out an ounce (around 24 almonds) and stick to this choice. When the 3 p.m. hunger pains strikes, just nibble on your baggies of nuts. Almonds and other nuts are a high source of vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and calcium and are rich in protein and fiber.
If you’re having a sweet attack, you should definitely have a all natural healthy “bar” that isn’t loaded with sugar and is made from whole natural ingredients like almonds, dates, cranberries and cashews. These bars are low in sodium, rich in fiber and loaded with minerals and vitamins. They run about 200 calories per serving. Keep these bars in a pocket or a purse for an instantly sweet and pleasure filling snack.
For a quick and satisfying meal, while you are busy at work but still want to eat something warm and comforting, just heat a packet of instant oatmeal (110 calories) in a microwave. Add your own flavorings to control the sugar and calorie content. You can add raisins (42 calorie) for a sweet flavor or sprinkle the meal with cinnamon and nutmeg. This fiber rich breakfast will help you lower your cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease.