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5 Healthy Snacks You Should Keep At Your Desk For Busy Schedule

Healthy eating is often a challenges particularly when we’re surrounded by many task in the office. Having healthy snacks for work on-hand at the office is key for staying  focused when you need it most.

Whether you’re in the middle of a big project or you’re chained to your desk with a looming deadline, they’ll help keep your energy up and your blood sugar stable during an afternoon.
Plus, “if you’re prepared with your own healthy snacks you won’t be tempted by any unhealthy choices available at the office.

Popcorn

Low-Sodium Jerky/Popcorn
Gone are the days when jerky or popcorn was reserved for camping. popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can eat if made with low sodium and sugar. It can improves mood, boost energy and satisfy cravings.

Oatmeal 2

Oatmeal
Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast—stash it in your drawer for a hearty snack, too. “Packets of instant, plain oatmeal microwaved with water in a mug and sprinkled with cinnamon is a great cold-weather snack when you want something warm and filling,”

Cashew nuts

Nuts
“I love raw nuts like almonds or cashews nuts or groundnuts. They deliver a great protein and fat combo,” say Doctors. Moreso, the benefits of all these nuts especially the fact that Cashews are cholesterol free and their high antioxidant content helps lower risk of  cardiovascular, heart diseases and helps lower blood pressure would make you always have it every day as snack.

crackers

Healthy Crackers
Although crackers may sound like a healthy snack option, you must choose the right varieties to keep your snack low in fat and calories. Storing healthy crackers in your table drawer could come in handy when the food cravings come up.

Cornflakes

Corn flakes Cereal
Today, majority of the working class prefer to consume breakfast cereal as it is easy to prepare and requires considerably lesser time to consume.
Corn flakes consumed with a bowl of milk, nuts and fruits are considered to be one of the most healthiest and nutritious breakfast cereals.

Chocolate

Chocolate
Can anything cheer you up as instantly as chocolate? Try a mouthful of Chocolate for dessert and you would love it!

Reasons You Should Quit Road Side Snack Consumption

I am not a lover of the regular and common road side Nigeria snacks but sometimes when I’m badly hungry and know a trusted source that bakes snacks, I drop by to bye some.

I usually get disgusted at the sight of some road side snack, I mean foods like fried yams, fried Akara, roasted plantain, puff puffs, fried fish, roasted and boiled corns, and other snacks that are usually sold along the streets and at various bus stops. Perhaps its the way and manner they display it in open air, free for dust and fly to peach on.

I remember once upon a time I was on my way back home after running an errand, with the scorching sun and bad traffic experience that left me very hungry. I stopped to buy roasted plantain aka ‘Boli’. And after just 1-2 days, I fell ill.  Fast forward to after I got married, a friend to the house spoke of a peppered kpomo he usually enjoys eating. Guess where  he bought it from? A so called ”Mama put” he managed to convince hubby to have a taste while they where busy watching Football match. To cut long story short, that night, hubby had diarrhoea.

Of course there are many out there who would share similar sentiment with me.  On the contrary, these snacks which are technically called “ready to eat foods” have actually become part of the regular diets of many particularly the rural and local dwellers and it doesn’t pose any threat to their health.

But the truth to the matter is that such food pose a risk to our health. These roadside food outlets are making many consumers especially children and women vulnerable to fatal diseases such as cholera, typhoid and gastroenteritis. The utensils and containers used in making these road sides ready to make snacks are usually not very clean. All these unhygienic handling deter me from enjoying  them.

Well, if you must consume these snacks, chose to buy from sellers you can trust as regards how they handle the issue of hygiene in their production or cooking process.

Experiencing Night-time Food Obsession? Here Is The Reason

Have you ever experience nightime food cravings? Yes, we have all been there. Some of us as years passed by might have been able to control that desire, while some persons just can’t help but listen to those snack cravings that always comes up mostly after dinner.

What could be the reason? Turns out, there may be a biological underpinning for those after-hours food obsessions.

A study recently published in the journal Brain Imaging and Behavior used brain scans and pictures of both high-energy and low-energy foods to track how participants’ neural responses to the food images differed depending on the time of day, measuring them in the morning and at night. The study, conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University, examined both hunger and preoccupation with food.

The MRIs of the study participants’ brains showed a lower response to the images of both high- and low-energy foods in the evening than they showed in the morning. “Researchers said this indicates we’re not as satisfied by food at night and tend to eat more to try to feel as satiated as we do during the day,” Yahoo Food explains.

What’s more, while the participants, all healthy women, said they were no more hungry at one time of day than another, they reported that in the evening, they were able to eat more and thought about food way more than they did in the morning.

So, yes, you can blame your brain for your late-night cravings, but that doesn’t mean you should give in to them, given the potential effect on your waistline and your health. Or if you must snack, try something healthy.

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