7 Healthy Snack Ideas for the Office Breakroom
11th March 2019
As the leader in the office, it is important to keep tabs on the health and wellbeing of your staff. Cake in the office is never a bad idea, especially if it’s for a special occasion like someone’s birthday. Cake is certainly a tasty treat, but not something you should be supplying on a day to day basis.
Unhealthy snacks can have adverse effects on health, mood and energy levels when consumed regularly. Ditch the unhealthy food options for something a little more nutritious and wholesome. Having healthy snacks on hand in the office is the key for staying fuelled and focused when you need it most.
Whether you are in the middle of an important project, or chained to your desk with a looming deadline, they will help keep your blood sugar levels stable and your energy up. A solid snack should help keep you satisfied until your next main meal.
What makes something a healthy snack?
1. Healthy snacks are not processed and do not contain large amounts of sugar.
2. They often come pre-packaged in individual portions and are easier to handle, stock and clean up.
3. They are packed with protein and dietary fibre, which is a slow releasing energy source.
4. They often have a long shelf life and can be kept in the cupboard or fridge depending on the type of snack.
Ideas for healthy snack alternatives
This may be a more obvious one but, it is also cheaper to buy in bulk for the office, as they come pre-portioned. Bananas, oranges and grapefruits even have their own protective containers and are ideal grab-and-go options. Other fruits included in this are apples, peaches, and pears that are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and are packed with natural sugars, which are much better for you than artificial sugars.
Nuts, Seeds and Trail Mix
Nuts are known to be full of protein and very filling. Just a small handful and you will no longer be hungry. The high amount of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids are also very good for your health and promote healthy hearts. Trail mixes are similar and include the bonus of dark chocolate or dried fruit. These last a long time and can be stored easily in the office. Seeds are also a source of protein, including chia seeds and pumpkin seeds, have a long shelf life and can be put with toast, yogurt or oatmeal.
On a cold winter’s day your employees may be craving something that will warm them up. Oatmeal packets can be cooked easily in the microwave and are full of soluble fibre which is great for your health. You may want to look out for healthier brands however, because some contain added artificial sugars.
Dried cereals like Special K are great for a morning or afternoon snack, and even more delightful with milk.
Believe it or not, dark chocolate is the perfect treat to stash at your desk as it is packed with antioxidants which has been proven to lower blood pressure, improve heart health and reduce risk of diabetes.
Veggies and Pre-Packaged Dips
Veggies are slightly higher maintenance because you have to chop them and package them beforehand to keep them fresh. They are still however, a must have for the office. The best veggies are cherry tomatoes, spring onions, baby carrots and cucumbers which can be mixed into a salad.
Greek yogurt has high amounts of protein, vitamin D and calcium, making it a winner for one of the healthiest of office snacks. Yogurt is also good for helping reduce high blood pressure and keeping your digestion on track because of its probiotics.
All of the above, must always however, be consumed in small portion sizes. While they are all extremely nutritious, they can also be high in calories when consuming too much of your recommended daily amount.
Did you know coffee has health benefits too?