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Healthy Office Snack

Posted on 01 December 2012 by Stefanie

Healthy Office SnackI don’t know about you, but because I have a home office, I tend to also be a grazer when it comes to food.  I am always hungry (like every 2 hours) and while my portion size is small I eat frequently.  Now that summer is here, that means short skirts and less clothes so I am making sure my snacks at work are healthy.

Just in case you are looking for some options to eat to keep your energy up and brain stimulated while your stomach is happy and your waist size doesn’t expand here are some of my tips, plus a recipe from Martha Stewart.

Suggested healthy office snacks:

Frozen fruit & whey powder shakes.  You can also add some greens or vitamin powder in for extra nutrients.  Beware of store bought juices or shakes as they often have an incredibly high caloric count.  Something I found out the hard way.

Fruit with protein combo.  Combining an apple with a handful of almonds or grapes & cheese is a good way to go, as fruit is a high-glycemic food- which means it can turn to sugar in your body quickly and then eventually stored as fat.  However, eating it with protein slows it down so that you get the benefits with none of the rising sugar effects. Dr. Oz calls almonds “the best snack of all” because nuts are high in fiber & protein and take away your hunger.

Dark Chocolate – enjoy an ounce or tow of 70% cocoa chocolate.  Eat guilt free knowing it’s a super food.

Little bit of coffee is now good for us.  Who knew?  But drinking “Matcha Tea” is even better as it gives you the caffeine kick without the low afterwards.  It sustains your energy.  If you don’t like the taste – try making a Match Cappuccino.  Green Tea is also great at work alternative and supposedly helps you lose weight.

Healthy Granola (see recipe below) Rich in fiber and heart-healthy omega-3s, these recipes have 20 percent to 30 percent fewer calories and 30 percent to 60 percent less fat than most store-bought brands.

Now if I really wanted to lose weight I’d go to the gym – which I plan to….eventually….one day…before the end of my lifetime.   HA HA  But in the meantime, finding yummy healthy snacks to nosh at work is a step in the right direction.

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

Stefanie
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Healthy Office Granola Recipe:

Recipes created by wellness coach, dietitian, and cookbook author Gayle Reichler at Wholeliving.com.
Per 2/3 cup serving: 194 calories; 4 g protein; 5 g fat; 34 g carbs; 4 g fiber

Ingredients

Makes 2 cups

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cups regular rolled oats
  • 1/8 cup flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, optional when adding dried fruit

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheet with canola oil (you may also use cooking-oil spray or line baking sheet with nonstick foil). In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flax meal, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well. In a small bowl combine the apple juice, maple syrup, honey, and optional brown sugar. Mix well.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until the mixture is fully combined and moist. Spread the mixture on the greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and stir, breaking the large chunks into smaller pieces. Bake for an additional 8 minutes or until crisp. Remove from oven and allow to cool. While still warm, stir to break up any remaining chunks. When completely cool, store the granola in an airtight container.

Article Written by Stefanie Hartman www.stefaniehartman.com

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