We all know the deal: You start the day with a healthy breakfast and lunch, but by the time 3 p.m. rolls around it's game over. Being hungry + finding yourself surrounded by only vending machine snacks, co-workers' birthday cakes, and those candy bowls in accounting = less than ideal. Here, 12 expert-approved snacks that help you avoid the mid-day sugar crash and stave off hunger until dinner time.More
Enticing cookies and sweets around the office often get the better of us, but they tend to be filled with saturated fat that only helps us pack on the pounds. If you're feeling hungry after a lackluster lunch, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends snacking on filling snacks that contain unsaturated fat like avocado and walnuts, which have been found to boost memory (all the better to remember to file your expenses!) and improve heart health.
When coworkers' birthday cakes or communal cupcakes come calling, try squelching cravings with a fruit cup filled with fiber-rich fruits like berries and apples. The natural sugars will satisfy your sweet tooth and the fiber will slow down your metabolism, making you feel more full (and less likely to grab all the things).
If you're constantly craving savory snacks, it'll probably cost you to nosh on the synthetic orange stuff that's oh-so-good but high on the saturated fat, sugars, and sodium. Instead, pack a healthier bright snack food like carrots with a side of hummus. The hummus is an excellent sub for the taste of your salty comfort foods, while the veggies still provide the crunch-y effect of the chips.