While you shouldn't overdo it with soy products, snacking on them every once in a while may bring you back to focus, fill you up, and do it all without destroying your waistline. Soy protein is rich in branched-chain amino acids, which the body can burn as fuel to produce energy throughout your day, as well as keep you full.
Perfectly Packable: There are plenty of rice cakes and soy crisps that come pre-packed and are easily toted around. For something decadent during your mundane office day, try eating dark chocolate-covered edamame pods for a filling fix.
You've been packing this snacktime staple in your brown bag since you were six, and with good reason. Mom wasn't just looking for a quick fix; she was giving you a lunch that boosts energy, fills you up, and has a bunch of positive health effects. Eating peanut butter or peanuts has been associated with lowering total cholesterol, LDL (or bad cholesterol), and triglycerides.
Perfectly Packable: Tired of enjoying this creamy treat between two slices of bread? Try smearing it on filling foods like apples or rice cakes to keep you focused and full.
Eating cottage cheese might not seem like a perfect desk snack, but it will certainly provide you with more kick than a bag of chips. Low-fat cottage cheese can provide you with 15 grams of high-quality protein to keep you full, without the negative effects of sugar to slow you down.
Perfectly Packable: Alone, cottage cheese might not be too appealing. So, try it with peaches, strawberries, or blueberries for some powerful antioxidants in a delicious desk snack.
This breakfast staple isn't just good for morning rejuvenation; it can also serve as the perfect office pick-me-up. Since eggs are loaded with nine amino acids, they are one of the foods most loaded with protein. With 14 essential nutrients, eggs provide not only the energy you need, but can also help to combat infections, as well as build and repair the body's tissues and cells.
Perfectly Packable: While a scrambled or sunny-side up egg may be hard to get to the office, hard-boiled eggs are ready to go. Slice them on fresh salad or add a pinch of salt for a tasty break-time snack.
Garbanzo beans (chickpeas) ground and cooked together with some tahini forms a tasty alternative to an unhealthy dip: hummus. Traditionally a Middle Eastern food, hummus is packed with filling protein to help combat fatigue.
Perfectly Packable: There is no better way to enjoy hummus than to dip fresh veggies or homemade pita chips. But to supercharge your day, try dipping slices of red bell peppers. These peppers provide a ton of energy through their nutrients, and they're easy to prep and take to the office.
Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, and more are not just tangy, sweet fruits to munch on. These treats are fortified with natural sugars like glucose, fructose, and sucrose to keep your body moving. Plus, they hold a lot of natural fluid to keep that full feeling longer.
Perfectly Packable: Love all of these fruits, but fear the sticky mess they might leave on your desk? Try mixing them all in a zesty fruit salad in a reusable container. If thats still too much of a risk, slice and squeeze a wedge of citrus fruit in your water and drink up the citrus will perk you up with each sip.
You might have missed including this important (and exciting) addition to your must pack snack list. A square of this decadent treat will not only tickle your taste buds, but it will also increase your productivity. Loaded with antioxidants to aid in everything from weight control to diabetes, dark chocolate can also increase your productivity it has a dose of caffeine to give that extra kick. (It may also be the sweet savior that prevents you from totally losing it on a mundane day.)
Perfectly Packable: If a single square isn't intriguing enough, try melting a portioned size of chocolate, dipping your favorite fruit in it, and chilling it to take along to work.
Don't take this as a cue to gorge on movie theater popcorn — one serving of that stuff can pack as much as 1,500 calories — but consider packing it for the perfect pick-me-up. The high amounts of fiber found in popcorn will keep you nice and full. Because it comes from whole grains, its also a healthier choice than some vending machine snacks. Better yet, it provides energy from carbohydrates, and comes at almost no cost of high calories.
Perfectly Packable: The great news is that microwaveable popcorn is available in individual servings, so you can eat a whole bag guilt-free. But to ensure the healthiest consumption, whipping up a bag of air-pop popcorn at home and sprinkling your own seasonings is an easy personal touch to the food on your desk.
This shriveled, sweet, dried fruit should never be underestimated. Aside from a healthy dose of antioxidants to aid digestion and combat bad cholesterol, a cup of raisins is equal to one daily serving of fruit. Raisins are an ideal food for energy since they provide a carbohydrate distribution of about 36 percent fructose and 32 percent glucose, both of which the body easily converts into fuel.
Perfectly Packable: If raisins alone aren't enough, they can act as a scrumptious accent to most snacks. Peanut butter and celery dotted with raisins makes a tasty childhood favorite of ants on a log, and its an energy double whammy, combining the powers of peanut butter and dried fruits.
The chicken of the sea will soon become the apple of your eye when you hear what a serving of tuna can do for your body. Though canned tuna should be enjoyed in moderation, a few bites of this lunchtime favorite could refresh you in no time. Since your body looks to protein for energy when carbohydrates arent available, a serving of tuna's low-fat protein and high amount of vitamin B will help convert these nutrients into energy.
Perfectly Packable: Don't destroy the taste of tuna with regular mayo. Opt for low-fat mayo and use it sparingly, ditch it altogether and mix it in a leafy salad, or use it as a spread on whole-wheat crackers.