Getting hunger pangs between your main meals? Don’t know what to eat? Ending up eating junk!! Well we provide to you some expert advice from our health experts on what could be eaten. Have a look!!
According to Luana Mascarenhas,(Nutritionist at Qua Nutrition); in today’s lifestyle we are so rushed we hardly have time to stop and think about whether we are hungry or when we ate our last meal or wonder if that headache creeping up is because I haven’t hydrated for over 2 hours. With the ever increasing pace of work life, we need to modify our meal patterns too. In today’s world we all follow Darwin’s Theory and learn to adapt to the environment because, it is after all, for the Survival of the Fittest. A fit body leads to a more productive mind and that is the key to excellence!
A few quick fix snacks that can be consumed at work and take less than 5 minutes of prep time.
Khakra chaat (Perfect balanced meal of Protein, Complex carbohydrates, Phytonutrients from vegetables and herbs and spices), Corn Bhel(Good Protein snack and contains good amount of fibre to help promote satiety and prevent hunger pangs), Egg Salad on Whole Wheat Bread,(Finger Licking Protein rich snack that can boost brain function and also provide sustained release of energy)
Shila Rai(Dietitian at Qua Nutrition), suggests dry fruits and nuts which is easy to carry or keep in the office desk. Another options could be whole fruit like Apple, Banana, Pear, Guava can also be a good option as it needs no cutting or chopping. you just need to bite into it. She also adds saying if you have little time you can pack a small box for sprouts which are a good source of fiber & protein. If you are a person who craves for crunchiness, you can go for a bowl of salads. Nowadays cafeterias in many offices serve salads. But you need to careful of the dressing which comes with the salad as it might be high in calorie and fat.
Shreya Adhav (Sports Nutritionist at Qua nutrition), provides with a list of snack for all the office goers.
Apple with peanut butter which provides a good combo of fiber, protein, carb and fat helps in maintaining weight .
One could keep a mix of Unsalted Nuts (Almonds, Pista, Walnuts) or dried fruits(Dates, Raisins,Apricots,Figs, Prunes) .
Hard Boiled Egg: Rich in high biological value protein, vitamin D, B2 and omega 3, aids in healthy weight gain .
Sprouts: Rich in fiber, aids in weight loss by monitoring your appetite .
Hummus/Yogurt/ Low fat Dahi with Carrot/Cucumber Sticks: Rich in calcium and fiber, also acts as a natural probiotic.
Dark Chocolate: Contains magnesium and polyphenol antioxidants which help to influence metabolism.
Buttermilk with Chia Seeds: Buttermilk source of natural probiotic keeps your gut in a healthy state. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids which help to control your cholesterol profile and also aids in weight loss.
Seeds (Pumpkin, Watermelon, Flax, Sunflower): Good source of zinc and magnesium and amino acid tryptophan, helps in improving appetite.
While the above article guides you to eating healthier, there is no substitute for customized professional advice given by a qualified nutritionist. We urge you to speak to your personal dietician or if you need help, contact a nutritionist at Qua Nutrition.
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