It’s hard sitting at a computer all day because it’s easy to snack on the wrong types of food. If you snack too often you can end up putting on a lot of weight. You won’t have to worry about snacking any longer because there are a number of great ways you can eat at your desk without it affecting you in a negative way. Here are a few examples you can test out the next time you’re back in work.
A box of crunchy vegetables
You don’t need to listen to me talk about how great vegetables are for the next 5 minutes. I’m sure you know they are essential if you want to stay healthy, but they also happen to be very low in calories which means you can eat lots of them without putting on weight. Once they’re sitting inside your stomach they will also stop you from getting hungry. If you cut some up before you go to bed at night you can put them in a box and snack on them while you’re sitting at your desk the following day.
A small handful of nuts
Nuts are another food group you should include in your diet, but most people don’t appreciate how good they actually are. You do have to be careful when snacking on nuts because they are calorie dense. They are full of good fats you need in your diet, but eat too much of them and you will have to run for hours to burn them off. Luckily they do help to scare hunger pangs away, but just take a small handful of them each day so you don’t over-indulge by accident.
A few pieces of fruit
Don’t be scared of fruit even though it contains a lot of sugar. Fruit will only make you fat if you eat far too much of it, but if you eat a few pieces every day you have nothing to worry about. It happens to contain many wonderful vitamins and minerals too. Try to stay away from liquid fruit because you will end up taking in far too many calories. That means you should stay away from smoothies and fruit juice. If you stick to whole fruit you have a tasty snack that is good for you.
A flask of vegetable soup
Someone who works outside might decide to take a flask of coffee with them to work because it will keep them warm. You could easily take a flask and fill it with vegetable soup. Just make sure you put the soup through the blender because you don’t want lots of vegetables getting stuck inside your flask when it’s time to snack. Vegetable soup won’t contain many calories and you’ll never feel hungry because your stomach will be full of warm liquid.
A meat or tuna salad box
Salad probably contains less calories than everything else on the list and if you take a box of it into work you can snack on it when you’re hungry. If you want to make it a little tastier you can add some lean meat or tuna to it. Don’t go crazy with different sauces because they will send your calorie intake through the roof. If you get creative there are literally thousands of different salad box combinations you can come up with and each one will taste great.
Taste is overrated
Nobody is trying to say these snacks will taste better than a chocolate bar or a slice of pizza, but at the end of the day they don’t have to taste great. You only snack because your stomach is empty and you’re bored, so start eating the foods we talked about and you will finally get your weight under control.
This article is authored by Peter King. He practices at Laser Medical Centre, leading skin rejuvenation specialists in Toronto. Peter is a huge MMA fan and hits the local dojo on weekends.