Saturday, June 18, 2011

Choosing Healthy Office Snacks for Weight Loss

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A busy work day is never easy to handle, and if you're trying to lose weight simultaneously, the challenge can seem overwhelming. However, even if you cannot take time out for exercise, there is no reason why you cannot choose healthy office snacks for weight loss, when the late afternoon hunger pangs strike. Give the bowl of candies and your burger meal a miss, and go in for these healthy foods instead.

Fruit

If you want something tasty, healthy, light and filling at the same time, there really is nothing better than some seasonal fruit. Keep two or three different ones handy so that you have variety in taste and nutritive content. Besides, the fruits you take should be easy to carry and munch on. Grapes, apples, bananas, pears and berries are all effective. If your office has a fully functioning pantry and you are in the mood for something more filling, you may also be able to quickly whip up a banana shake or smoothie, with low fat milk and yogurt. Alternatively, you could carry a healthy breakfast cereal and add the fruits to that for a tasty and refreshing light meal.

Nuts

Just as fruits, nuts are also essential to any weight loss diet. They work as a source of protein, keep untimely hunger pangs away and also contain essential and healthy fats. However, they are rich in calories, so make sure your afternoon portion is no heavier than an ounce. That still gives you roughly 25 almonds! Just make sure that you avoid the salted variety. Have the plain roasted ones instead. Like fruit, nuts can also be added to a healthy low-fat shake or breakfast cereal.

Peanut Butter and Whole Wheat Crackers

The whole wheat and multi-grain wheat crackers are fiber-rich and unrefined, and with your dab of peanut butter, you have a tasty and wholesome snack with adequate protein, that will keep you full for longer. Who says a weight loss diet is at the expense of taste?

Instant Oatmeal

A serving of instant oatmeal is nutritious, light in calories (110 calories) and filling. Besides, all you need to do is heat and eat. If you want to enhance the taste, you could add your own cinnamon, raisins or chopped fruit. Its nutrition, convenience and versatility, makes instant oatmeal one of the best healthy office snacks for weight loss.

Snack Bars

You need to be careful here, if you are looking to lose weight. Avoid he high-calorie bars loaded with artificial sugars. Get one which has a small and natural list of ingredients, has no or little added sugar and falls within 200 calories per serving. The best bars contain whole grain ingredients and nuts and dried fruits.

Naturally, all these items require a bit of planning in advance. If you only start thinking about what to eat when hunger strikes you in the middle of the work day, chances are you will reach for whatever is nearest and most easy to get. That's why, if you are serious about your attempt to lose weight, you need to keep healthy things close at hand. As you have seen from the list above, once you have bought these things, there is minimal preparation required. With these healthy office snacks for weight loss, you will also feel more energized through your day, and more confident about your ability to stick to your weight loss diet.

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