They can make you smile, perk you up and satisfy cravings within seconds of biting into them. Unfortunately they can also get you sucked into a mindless snacking vortex that will leave your stomach full and your inner health guru even more full (of guilt).
It’s important to recognize the difference between a craving and an actual signal from your body telling you it’s low on energy. The latter should not be ignored, as your body needs this boost to keep you going through your workday.
A good way of developing wholesome snacking habits in your workplace is to surround yourself with healthy snack options. This could be fresh fruit, energizing granola bars, quinoa crackers or even just controlled portions to avoid that bottomless eating practice.
While there are many types of snacker personalities around the office, everyone can agree that maintaining healthy eating habits in the workplace can lead to significant benefits.
Here are 4 reasons why healthy snacks should be in every workplace:
- Long-Term Happiness
In terms of making healthy life changes, the saying “short-term pain for long-term gain” could not ring more true. A study conducted by a Penn State psychology professor, Dr. Helen Hendy, found that the correlation between foods and moods played out over the course of two days. The data collected demonstrated that participants who made healthy food choices on day 1 were more likely to experience positive moods on day 3. On the other hand, participants who ate foods high in calories, carbohydrates, saturated fat and sodium were more likely to experience negative moods two days later.
- Nutritional Benefits
A balanced diet is key to having a healthy life. A nourishing snack can give you the opportunity to increase your intake of valuable nutrients. According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian does not consume enough fruit and vegetables. Next time you feel your stomach growling avoid that brownie and reach for that nice bowl of fruit instead. Making smart snacking decisions can help you reduce your nutrition gap as well as improve the overall quality of your diet.
- Sustained Energy
When choosing a snack, it’s important to take into consideration how much value it’s bringing to your body. Opting for high-fibre and high-protein snacks will take longer to digest which means that the blood sugar levels will not fluctuate as much as if you were choosing a snack high in sugar. These sweet snacks digest quickly and lead to energy crashes. Not only does a healthy snack keep you energized longer, but you also don’t need to eat as often.
- Cognitive Functions
We’ve all heard that famous line from the snickers commercial “you’re not you when you’re hungry”, but what may surprise you is that hanger is a real phenomenon. When glucose levels drop, it’s quite common for a regular Joe like you and I to get irritable and at times even snappy. The simple reasoning behind this is a survival mechanism to keep our species alive. Replenishing your body with a healthy snack can help you retain your focus and alertness.
Remember that what you eat ends up fueling your body. For a happier and more productive work environment, choose healthy snacks to fill the (nutrition) gaps.