With deadlines to meat and tasks to complete, nutrition definitely takes a back seat at work. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
A little preparation and planning ahead can help you sort your eating habits at work. Snacking at work is common to keep us energized and active through the day, but it is also important to choose the right snacks. Sugary treats will give you a short term boost but once the effect if gone, you energy levels will crash suddenly and fatty and fried foods only lead to unnecessary weight gain, especially if you have a job which requires you to sit for long hours.
Let’s get you out of the rut. Here are some low fat snacks that you easily prepare at home and pack in your office lunch box to snack on whenever you feel the need to.
1. Mixed Millet Bhelpuri: The all-time favourite street food, bhel puri gets a healthy and wholesome makeover. This recipe uses a mix of millets such as jowar, ragi and amaranth that are packed with fiber which digests slowly and gives you energy over a longer period of time.
2. Whole Grain Crackers: Instead of reaching out for a bag of chips and feeling guilty late, use the weekend to bake a batch of these whole grain crackers and chomp on them during tea time at work. These crackers are made with whole wheat, oats, flaxseeds and sesame seeds – everything is nutritious and keeps you active. You can pair them up with a beetroot hummus or try this egg-less mayonnaise made with cashews and tofu.
3. Baked Fries: You can carry baked vegetable fried such as carrot fries or sweet potato fries to work and chomp on the between meals instead of a raw salad. You can even try baking turnip strips. It’s in season right now and is known to you warm you from the inside. Baked turnip fries can be a great way to use them.
4. Amaranth Tikkis: Amaranth seeds are rich in protein which gives you energy over a long period of time as proteins takes the longest to digest and thus, it can help in curbing your cravings. Try this recipe of delicious amaranth tikkis
5. Til-E-Paneer: Baked paneer cubes coated with masalas and sesame seeds, here’s a wonderful low fat paneer snack. Paneer is rich in both protein and calcium. It releases energy slowly and keeps hunger pangs at bay.
6. Channa Chaat: Channas or chickpeas are also great snacking options. They are nutritious, wholesome and filling. Use them in a chaat with pomegranate seeds, green peas, sesame seeds and corn. You can even make a black channa and sweet potato chaat. Chef Vicky Ratnani shares an interesting and power-packed recipe of three bean chaat which is made with rajma, chowli beans and green beans. Throw in some juicy tomatoes and cucumbers for a refreshing twist.
These homemade office snacks are not only delicious but they are also healthy and satisfying. Keep these ideas handy.