Most of us who are beyond a certain age are painfully aware that we can no longer just relax and eat whatever we want, as often as we want, without paying a price for it. Usually the price includes, among other things, buying all new, larger clothes every year or so. This is doubly true for those of us sedentary souls who work in offices.
Cosmetic considerations aside, obesity carries sobering health implications, so it is probably a good idea to steer well clear of that office vending machine and instead to tame those hunger pangs with something a little healthier. Here are a few of our favourite suggestions:
An apple, a banana, a pear, a bunch of seedless grapes or some other, similar snack is portable, clean and healthy. This kind of snack is somewhere around seventy to one hundred calories, full of fibre and very low — if not entirely void — of fat. Blueberries are a now legendary superfood with plenty of health giving properties. Add a mix to a bowl with a dollop of low fat yoghurt and some honey. Very healthy!
As fruit is seasonal you will also find you will be able to vary your diet quite considerably.
2. Fat-free milk
A short glass of low-fat or fat-free milk will add up to about 90 calories. It will also give you a healthy dose of protein as well as calcium and vitamin D.
3. Popcorn and Parmesan
If you have not yet tried this, you are in for a surprise; it tastes wonderfully rich, and it is filling as well.
All you do is, take regular bagged popcorn and mix it up with 2 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese. If you use the ninety-four percent fat-free popcorn, you can mix three and a half cups of it with the cheese and the result is a big, satisfying snack of only a hundred and fifty calories.
Nuts are dense in calories (most kinds have about one hundred and seventy of them in an ounce), so a lot of people do not think of them as healthy. On the other hand, they are “heart-healthy”, full as they are of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and a rich source of protein and fibre as well.
If you pause to compare the nutritional value of a bowl of nuts with that of a packet of crisps or a bag of chips, you will probably come to the same conclusion we have: Nuts are a far, far healthier alternative.
No, we don’t mean that plate full of rabbit food you are probably thinking about right now. You can spice up a bland pile of greens with roasted or pickled vegetables, ranging from tomatoes to carrots to onions to — hold onto your seat — jalapeno peppers. A little olive oil will help as well.
For a full, flavoursome meal you can add some roast chicken or whatever is left over from last night’s dinner. With a little planning, this can become more than just a snack; this makes a full, healthy lunch you can carry with you and enjoy several times a week.
Your body will thank you!
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