Trying to eat a healthy diet can be challenging. There is always someone in the office bringing in doughnuts, bagels, pastries or birthday cake. When you want to participate in the celebration without gorging on those extra calories, it’s a good idea to have some healthy go-to snacks on hand to swap out for the high calorie ones.
Here are some easy ideas to keep on hand that are under 200 calories and have healthy side benefits as well.
A Single-Serve Cottage Cheese
Low in fat and high in protein and calcium. Although you’ll need a fridge to keep it cold, a small lunch bag with a cold pack can work as well.
One-Ounce of Unsalted Nuts
Nuts can help fill you up because they have fat, fiber and protein, but keep in mind that a small handful is what you ‘ll need to keep under the 200 calories mark. Think of eating them one nut at a time instead of throwing back a handful.
Ready-To-Eat Baby Carrots with a Side of Hummus
Better than ranch dip, hummus has protein and fiber and less calories too. You’ll be surprised to know how much you can eat! One fourth cup of hummus is approximately 100 calories and baby carrots (medium size ) are only 4 calories each! That’s a lot of carrots!
Single Serve Tuna Packets
Look for White Albacore tuna which now comes with flavors added and in single serve packets that you can easily keep at your desk. A great source of protein and option for an afternoon snack that will keep you awake.
Greek Yogurt with Berries
With the variety of Greek style yogurts on the market today, you’re sure to find one less than 200 calories, but watch for the protein. Just because it says "Greek" doesn’t mean it’s the higher protein version.. You should have at least 10 grams of protein in this to make it a great option for a snack. Adding in a few fresh berries ups the fiber and antioxidants too.