Published: February 5, 2018

    Easy, Healthy Snacks to Power Your Productivity

    Even if you bring your own homemade lunch to work every day there will occasionally be long stretches between meals when you need a healthy snack to power through and stay focused. In the health world snacking often gets a bad reputation, but if you choose healthy snacks you can fuel yourself positively and stay productive without the afternoon lag.

    Ready to store some essential healthy snacks in your office kitchen or in your desk drawer? These are the simplest and most reliable choices:

    • Low-Fat Greek Yogurt. Greek yogurt is a terrific source of protein, providing a concentrated boost when you need it. Don’t opt for the fat-free variety if you’re looking to optimize productivity – the fats and protein are great for your system (remember, many fats are good fats). Sprinkle in some fiber-rich toppings like ground flax, chia seeds, cereal, or berries for a complex and tasty snack.
    • Cottage Cheese. Similar to Greek yogurt, cottage cheese (when combined with a high-antioxidant fruit like blueberries or pineapple) delivers a healthy dose of protein, fats, and carbs without weighing you down or relying on sugar for that snack-induced rush.
    • Nuts. Nuts are staples in trail mix because they are great brain food and they help you stay alert and nourished with just a few mouthfuls. Invest in some almond snack-packs and store them around your office when you really don’t have the time to prepare your healthy snack.
    • Apples. For a more complex snack you can cut up and apple and add the nutritional benefits of nuts by spreading some nut butter atop the apples. Apples are rich in vitamins and supply a concentrated dose of H2O. The fat, protein, and fiber from the nut butter and from the apple skin (don’t peel the skin!) will help you complete that important project.
    • Hard-Boiled Eggs. Make a batch of hard-boiled eggs over the weekend and keep them stored in your office refrigerator for a lean snack option. The health benefits of hard-boiled eggs are many: good fats to keep your heart healthy, vitamins to strengthen your bones, and protein to increase your productivity.
    • Raisins and Dried Figs. Dried fruits have an array of benefits and are low in calories so you can snack on them throughout the day without feeling guilty. Raisins have a concentrated dose of vitamin B, potassium, iron, and carbohydrates. Figs are a great source of dietary fiber to maintain healthy cholesterol and encourage regularity.
    • Cheese and Veggies. Cheese, in snack-sized portions, will deliver more sustainable energy so you can complete all of your pending tasks without those intense dinner cravings. Pair cheese with some celery for vital nutrients and additional hydration to remain alert as you’re working.
    • Water. Of course, the most important “snack” that will help you stay productive and focused is a glass of filtered water. A study conducted at the University of East London demonstrated that staying hydrated could increase your brain’s computing power and reaction time by up to 14%. Keep a reusable bottle at your desk and fill it up at routine intervals to work at peak performance.

    You may not have the space or authority to request a whole house filtration system at your office, but talk to your manager about installing an under-counter drinking filter system so all of your coworkers can enjoy healthier, great tasting water throughout the day.