A lot of people eat unhealthy foods like chips and candy bars while on the job. As an employer, this can be discouraging. While you can’t generally control what your employees eat, you can encourage your employees to eat more healthy snacks by keeping good-for-you foods on hand in the office. The following 10 foods are office-friendly snacks that can be given to employees at office events or provided to your employees during the normal work day.
Inexpensive and tasty, bananas are filling and full of good for you nutrients like soluble dietary fiber, potassium and magnesium. For hungry employees, frozen bananas make a great mid-day snack. They can also keep for a long time in the freezer, which tends to be a relatively unoccupied space in office kitchens.
Low Fat Popcorn
Low fat popcorn has a buttery, salty quality that many people enjoy. Popcorn is also not too filling, so employees can munch for long periods of time without filling up on this non-fattening, low-calorie snack. Best of all, popcorn keeps for long periods of time and takes up almost no space in the company cabinets.
Pita Chips and Guacamole
This snack is not the kind of treat you’ll find in most work environments on an ordinary day, but at company events and special occasions, pita chips and guacamole is both delicious and healthy. In fact, guacamole is called a super food because it’s a great source of vitamins and healthy fats.
Pretzels aren’t the most healthy food ever, but they’re much lower in calories than chips, which makes them a good choice for people who might otherwise turn to trans-fat saturated, greasy potato chips. Pretzels are also good for dipping in healthy snack foods like peanut butter and hummus.
Fresh fruit is practically a delicacy at office events and get-togethers. For birthday parties, holiday parties and summer office barbecues, fresh fruit is a perfect dessert food. Fresh fruit is a substitute for sugary snacks and also provides a variety of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients.
Instant oatmeal is a sumptuous and filling office snack that can easily be made with hot water from the water cooler. As a bonus, instant oatmeal it takes up almost no space in the office cabinets. Oatmeal is a rich source of fiber and can keep you feeling full for long after it’s consumed.
For long meetings and team retreats, crunchy raw vegetables and cold ranch dressing is the best snack around. When picking vegetables for a platter, try to pick vegetables in a range of colors, from red to green to yellow. Colorful vegetables look more enticing and also provide a wider range of nutrients.
Almonds are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and protein. They’re also crunchy and filling, which makes this nut a good snack to munch on throughout the day. Packages of almonds are a practical option for office vending machines.
If you’re going to have a long meeting, string cheese goes well with a platter of crackers. String cheese is high in protein and it’s also filling, which means that one or two pieces of string cheese is enough for most people in a single snack.
Dark chocolate is considered the healthy chocolate, because it’s low in sugar and rich in cancer-fighting agents. It also makes a tasty, motivational treat to serve at team meetings and other employee gatherings.
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