In today's fast-paced world, it often feels impossible to maintain a healthy lifestyle with many daily demands. Frequently, a busy work schedule results in stressed workers turning to a vending machine to fight afternoon hunger. However, we know that it does not have to be this way! There are many easily-prepared clean snacks with a variety of health benefits that you can bring with you to work to defeat the afternoon slump. Here are five of our favourite healthy, clean snacks that will keep you on track.
Almonds are undeniably a superfood. They are filled with powerful antioxidants such as vitamin E, which is an important contributor to the protection of your heart. Moreover, they are low in sugar, high in healthy fats and filled with fibre; this means that they will keep you full and satisfied without spiking your blood sugar. We recommend choosing raw or lightly salted almonds to avoid any processed ingredients such as flavouring or excess sodium.
It goes without saying that hummus is yummy – however, it is also a nutritious snack. The base for hummus is normally chickpeas or another type of legumes such as black beans or white beans. Thanks to legumes, hummus provides a moderate source of protein and fibre, which will help to stave off hunger. Try enjoying your hummus with vegetables to increase your nutritional intake and provide a crunchy offset. It is important to be cognizant of the ingredients in store-bought hummus, and therefore it is preferred to make it at home.
The ever-popular avocado is a nutritional powerhouse that has found its way into recipes of all different kinds. Nonetheless, the avocado makes for a great snack on its own. The avocado is another player filled with healthy fats and fibre to keep you full and protect your heart. Additionally, avocados are high in potassium, vitamin C, and folate; these all play an important role in protecting and promoting cell growth. Half an avocado with a pinch of salt for flavour is a perfect way to power through your afternoon.
While edamame is often associated with a sushi dinner, it makes a great stand-alone snack as well. Edamame is made of soybeans that have been harvested early, and they contain protein and all essential amino acids. Furthermore, they are high in folate and healthy fats, keeping your hunger at bay. Unless you are sensitive to soy products, these are a great and easy snack to keep handy for a nutritional boost.
Eggs have received a bad name over the years, with lots of discussion regarding their potential for increasing cholesterol. However, that myth has since been debunked. Eggs are a great source of protein, which keeps you feeling fuller. Furthermore, they are a great source of critical vitamins and minerals, such as bone-protecting vitamin D. These can easily be hard-boiled the night before and taken along as a quick, satiating snack.
These are just a few snacks that are easily prepared and accessible to help keep your diet clean. As always, these suggestions are best supplemented with advice from a doctor or nutritionist. At Core9, we are focused on helping you increase your functional fitness. If you maintain a clean diet outside of your workouts, you will help maximise your fitness potential!