Beat the 3pm Slump

Healthy Afternoon Snacks for the Office

By IsoWhey Dietitian Belinda Reynolds

When the 3pm slump hits it’s all too easy to grab something quick and easy to boost your energy levels and satisfy your hunger. But a chocolate bar or bag of chips from the office vending machine is far from healthy. You might get an instant sugar high but then you'll only slump further. Try packing your snacks in advance instead, they'll be way more satisfying, and natural and healthy too.

Check out these five easy and convenient office snack ideas to help satisfy your cravings without having to go anywhere near the vending machine!

1.    Natural Greek yoghurt with berries

A big tub of Greek yoghurt will last for ages and it’s a great source of calcium, magnesium and potassium. It’s also easy to divvy it up into small portions, top them with low sugar fresh fruit such as berries and leave them in the work fridge for whenever you’re feeling peckish. If you find natural Greek yoghurt a little too sour, you can add a small drizzle of honey or vanilla extract to sweeten it naturally. Try to avoid the pre-sweetened yoghurts with added fruit as although they’re convenient, they often contain as much, if not more, refined sugar as some chocolate bars.

2.    Natural ready-made snacks

These are so easy because you can buy a box to leave in the pantry, then grab them and throw them in your bag as you need them. There’s no pressure to eat them as if you don’t end up feeling hungry, they will last more than just a day and don’t need to be kept in a fridge. My favourite are the new IsoWhey Wholefoods Superfood Snacks as they’re gluten free, dairy free, completely natural, they taste amazing and they’re loaded with plenty of extra nutrients from the superfood ingredients.

3.    Mixed nuts

If you’re craving something savoury a handful of mixed nuts is sure to hit the spot. They’re high in protein and healthy fats, which help to provide sustained energy and satiety. Pick a pre-mixed selection or just grab a few of your favourite and divvy them up into portion sizes, so you can snack on them without being tempted to over indulge. Aim for unsalted, raw nuts to get the most nutrients out of them and avoid accidentally consuming too much sodium.

4.    Fresh veggies with hummus

This is a great low-maintenance office snack. It’s easy to prepare as you can chop the veggies at home or in the office, and you can leave the hummus in the fridge, ready to grab whenever you need it. The most popular veggies for dipping are red capsicum, celery, cucumber or carrots, but you can use whatever you prefer. The combination of veggies and hummus will give your body a healthy boost of essential vitamins and minerals. If you’re not a huge fan of hummus, you may want to try a nut butter such as almond or peanut butter as your dip. If you choose a nut butter, aim for no more than a tablespoon at a time due to the higher calorie concentration.

5.    Boiled eggs

Simple but effective, hard boiled eggs are packed full of protein and make a perfect afternoon snack. They’re super easy to prepare the night before and taste great when refrigerated or heated up. If you leave them in their shells they stay fresh and aren’t too messy, meaning there’s less washing up for you to deal with.

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