Snack Ideas To Get You To Lunchtime
So you hit the office and come 10am, you’re starving.
Breakfast has worn off and your energy level is beginning to plummet.
A power nap is looking mighty fine right about now.
If you have a well-planned snack, you can bring back the energy that you first had when you started the day.
Chances are, you don’t have much downtime at this point in the day, so you need something fast that will fill you up and ensure hunger stays controlled until lunch.
What do you do? Before you do what far too many people do and turn to a cereal bar, an energy drink, or worse, a donut (or other baked good) from the break room, consider one of the following choices.
Planning for a smart mid-morning snack or meal will set the tone for the rest of the day, so you want to be sure it’s a healthy one.
Yogurt and Berries
Spooning some Greek yogurt into a container and topping with some berries and slivered almonds takes all of 3 minutes and will provide you with the protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats you need to nourish your body.
When choosing your Greek yogurt, just be sure to choose some that is lower in sugar content.
Opt for plain since you will be adding flavour with the fresh berries.
If almonds aren’t your thing, feel free to add any other nut instead.
Or, for something different, you can also sprinkle some coconut flakes over top of this dish as well.
Banana With Nut Butter
Speaking of nuts, this brings to our next snack idea – fruit and nut butter. It really doesn’t get faster or easier than this.
Smear a banana with one or two tablespoons of natural peanut butter (depending on your target calorie intake).
Fruit is the perfect on-the-go snack because it’s ready when you are.
Consider keeping a tub of nut butter at your desk so you just need to bring the fruit with you as you rush out the door in the morning.
Last Night’s Left-Overs
It’s time to get past thinking that morning meals and snacks have to mean serving breakfast-like foods.
If you simply aren’t a fan of the conventional breakfast options, last night’s left-overs could be the way to go.
You can easily put a container in the fridge the night before to take with you as you run out the door to work.
It’s fast, easy, and as long as you are in the habit of preparing healthy dinners, will be very well balanced as well.
Hard Boiled Eggs and A Pita
Hard-boiled eggs are another great to-go protein source and you can easily store these in a fridge for a few days after making a large batch.
Simply slice up one hard-boiled egg along with a few yolks and throw this into a whole wheat pita along with some spinach leaves and other diced vegetables.
Drizzle with some light olive oil based salad dressing and you’ll have a mid-morning snack prepared and ready to go in seconds.
This one can also work double time as a lunch meal as well if you add a few more egg whites to the mix and pair it with a piece of fruit to round out the nutrition.
So next time you’re scrambling to get out the door and don’t have time to give a mid-morning snack a second thought, consider one of these options.
Just be sure that you do bring something or it will backfire on you and you’ll find yourself indulging in everything and anything come lunch.