HOW TO: Snack healthy when working from home!

Finding it hard to grab a quick and healthy snack? Maybe you woke up late and you’re scrambling for something to eat before your important ZOOM meeting. The first thing in sight will do, however it’s a bag full of chips.

More than a third of the U.S. population struggles to keep up with a generous portion of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Instead, people are consuming excess amounts of sugar and sodium. These sugary and salty snacks are leading to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and more. There is a healthy way to snack on vitamin and nutrient-filled foods that will give you more energy, lower the risk of disease, and increase focus during your work day!

Healthy Foods

Healthy food is defined as any food that is high in fiber, vitamins, nutrients and helps reduce health problems. Snacking on healthy foods while studying, or working from home, has proven to regulate hunger throughout the day and prevent cravings. Having a little snack between meals is recommended. Studies have shown that blood pressure lowers 3-5 hours after eating, and it helps to regulate metabolism. By snacking between meals, it will decrease over-eating during lunch or dinner.

Benefits of healthy snacking

What are some of the healthy snacks and how do they improve your health?

    Yogurt

  • High in protein and calcium (which helps to build strong muscles and bones)
  • Contains probiotics (good bacteria) that improve the digestive system
  • Full of vitamins and minerals to help overall body function
  • Boosts the immune system

    Dark Chocolate

  • Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Lowers risk of heart disease
  • Contains potassium and lowers blood pressure
  • Low in calories

    Avocados

  • Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Contains probiotics (good bacteria) that improve the digestive system
  • Full of vitamins and minerals to help overall body function
  • Boosts the immune system

    Blueberries

  • Helps reduce age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s
  • High in antioxidants
  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • Helps manage diabetes

    Oatmeal

  • Contains Beta-Glucan (soluble fiber) that increases feeling of fullness
  • Improves blood sugar control
  • Aids in heart health
  • Rich in iron

    Almonds

  • Increases HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Full of fiber
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Improves healthy brain function
  • Rich in Vitamin E

How can you snack healthy at home?

  1. Keep the unhealthy snacks – like chips, crackers and cookies – in the cabinets behind the almonds. It’s easier to grab for the first appealing snack you see when you’re hungry.
  2. Place a container of almonds on the kitchen counter and some fresh blueberries at eyelevel in the refrigerator.
  3. Plan out a nutritious breakfast before starting your day (such as oatmeal or yogurt!)
  4. Improves healthy brain function
  5. Plan out a snacking schedule!

Author: Abigail Geis