Banish desk grazing and get 'office healthy' with these low calorie snacks

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Breakfast skippers and mid-afternoon crasher should stock up on these snacks...

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Even if you've had a big breakfast, everyone gets an attack of the munchies at some point during a day in the office. All of the sudden those sprinkled doughnuts and cherry gum-drops seem terribly unavoidable. With bikini season just a few weeks away, now's the time to break the office fad and become a trimmer you!

The 'Office Workers' Eating Habits Survey' shows only 63% of workers have breakfast 5 times a week. Wowee, this leaves a lot of us out. When you don't eat breakfast it can affect your productivity levels at work and could also greatly affect your health and well being. The lack of energy you have, will cause you to have limited learning abilities, poor memory and a lack of coordination. If you're a breakfast skipper, combat this by making sure you eat something in the morning.

Porridge, has a low glycemic index (GI) and was dubbed 'the power breakfast of 2012'. It's quick to make and easy to combine fresh fruits and nuts with. If you're on the go, grab a cereal bar and banana to keep you going.

Once lunch is over and the late afternoon arrives- so does your appetite. If you're surrounded by convenience food shops and always find yourself reaching for biscuits, it's crucial to bring your own snacks to work...

5 ways to snack smart at work

Nuts
Nuts are packed with protein and healthy Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Walnuts have an especially high omega 3 content making them a great option. Almonds contain calcium, while cashews, pecans and macadamia nuts taste great in yoghurt.

Fresh Fruit
All fruit is good to snack on, but lower GI fruits are better as they release glucose slower, leaving us fuller for longer. Low GI fruits include; apples, pears, berries and melon. Combine them together to make a fruit bowl and save it for the afternoon crash.

Rice Cakes
For those who have nut allergies or simply are not keen on nuts, rice cakes are an excellent option. They're a good source of wholegrain and are low in sugar and calories too. Make sure you purchase the 'natural' rice cakes or the original ones to avoid sweeteners.

Graze
For the less organised bunch, Graze is here to rescue you from those bad eating habits and lead you on the path to a healthy eating lifestyle. Get guilt-free snacks delivered to your work of home. You can mix and match everything, from olives to pistachios and only for £3.79 a box.

No, means no
You'll always be confronted by the office feeder, so you'll need to work on your will power. When you're offered their muffins or croissants make sure you make it clear that you've said no and there's no turning back. Most office feeders will try to guilt trip you into taking one, even after you've made your decision. Put your foot down.

Top Tips:

Write a food diary to see your daily intake of snacks, water, and coffee. Try to write everything down from your cuppa in the morning to your bed time snack. Once you acknowledge where you're going wrong you can make changes in your habits and make sure they're gone for good.

+Don't skip breakfast

+Drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid confusing hunger with thirst

+Ditch anything labelled low-fat and go for fresh produce

+Start a new tradition at work and bring in healthy snacks for everyone. This might encourage your colleagues to share the same goals.

Will you be looking out for the office feeder at work?

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