You make a lot of decisions at work. In fact, you can make so many decisions, your body and brain get pretty tired. So make one decision of your day easier: Choose to refuel your body with a healthy snack that will help you to attack the rest of your workday.
Plenty of so-called “snack” items are available for you to nosh. But not all will truly satisfy your cravings. Sure, they might make you temporarily less hungry, but many pre-packaged foods are full of sugar, preservatives and other ingredients that will make you hungry again in a short time (not to mention add pounds in the long run).
“The easiest rule of thumb in this case is to choose snacks that are in their whole form," said nutritionist Kyle Buchanan. "If it comes in a box, or has a list of ingredients, don't use it as snack food.”
There are lots of options when it comes to finding your perfect snack food. Though Buchanan says what works for your coworker may not work for you. “Everyone's body is its own wonderful thing, so there's never a ‘one-size-fits all’ perfect snack,” he said.
That being said, he adds that foods high in good fats that fuel the brain and keep you satiated are a pretty darn good pick.
He also suggests making sure you stay hydrated to stay satisfied throughout the day. “Have a big glass of water 15 minutes before you snack, if you can remember,” he said. “You'll most likely be more satisfied with your snack and less likely to want more if you are hydrated."