We’ve all felt it – that time a couple of hours after lunch and a couple of hours before you go home, when your eyelids start to feel strangely heavy and you start to wonder if anyone would mind if you curled up on the floor underneath your desk and took a little nap. (Answer: Yes. Yes, they would. Tyrants.) At that time of day, a lot of us get ourselves some strong black coffee, or a soda or candy bar from the office vending machine. The truth is that they’re temporary sugar and caffeine rushes that will leave you feeling worse again in a couple of hours’ time. Here are some snack ideas to help get you through until you get to finally go home…
Greek Yogurt With Berries
Sounds complicated? Not particularly. All you really need is a carton of yogurt that you can keep in your fridge plus some mixed berries – or maybe even just some blueberries. If you want to get really fancy, you can always sprinkle a handful of granola over the top!
Fruit And Nuts
A lot of people go for pieces of fruit at their desks – not only are they healthy, but they also taste fresh and delicious. You could also go for some fruit snacks to tide you over until the hands of the clock hit five-thirty. Nuts are also great for you as they add some nutritious fats into your diet that will keep you full of energy for the rest of the afternoon. If you take apple slices to work with you, sprinkle them in citrus juice so they don’t turn brown, and take another small container of peanut butter to dip them in.
Most offices have a toaster, so it’s time for you to start making use of it in the afternoons as well as in the mornings. Take in a smashed avocado mixture to spread over it – add some citrus juice along with some chili and seasoning to give it some added flavor and zest, or maybe go for peanut butter and slices of banana. No matter what you do, make sure you go for whole wheat bread – white bread will leave you feeling bloated and heavy for the rest of the day, and doesn’t contain quite as much goodness.
If you have time in the morning, why not combine your favorite fruits and vegetables to make a smoothie to take to work with you? You could go for strawberries and bananas with some almond milk, or maybe even something a little more tropical with pineapple and coconut water. If you want to go really nuts and branch out a little, you could even try out green juice with avocado and kale in it.
Finally, why not try out some raw vegetables and hummus? Sliced carrots, baby tomatoes, bell peppers, celery and cucumbers are low in calories but high in taste – and adding some hummus to them will make them even more filling and delicious.