After the excesses of the festive season, I’m always keen on giving my body a break and embrace a detox diet.
I have to admit that it would be much easier if I wouldn’t have to return to a sedentary life of sitting in my office chair for hours straight, dreaming of food, while contemplating my co-workers snacking on chocolate bars and biscuits.
On the other hand, getting back to work after a sugar-coma-inducing couple of weeks, also means getting into a routine, and with work cropping up, my mind is busy thinking of other stuff rather than food, which is not a bad idea after all.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe in eating less or even going hungry to lose some pounds, but I believe in making better food choices, healthier choices. Healthy snacks are also a good way to keep your body and mind fueled, and you’ll also notice you won’t be that hungry by the time when lunch or dinner comes. One of the things I go for is cutting down on processed sugars and opting for low calorie, highly nutritious replacements.
I’ve put together a list of my go-to healthy snacks that I keep close to me whilst I’m at work:
1. Nākd Cocoa bars – Deliciously simple! Raw fruit and nut bars made with dates, cashews, raisins, cocoa and natural flavouring. 135 kcal/each.
2. Bananas and apples – I always like to keep fresh fruit near me, and if it’s organic the better. Bananas and apples are a nutritious pick-me-up food to eat on the go. Medium Banana 105 kcal and Large Apple 116 kcal.
3. Dry Roasted Salted Almonds – Despite being a high-fat food, almonds, and generally all nuts, are really good for your health. They provide plenty of biotin, vitamin E, manganese, vitamin B2, copper, phosphorus and magnesium and their healthy fats may help you lose weight. 169 kcal/22 kernels.
4. Itsu Vegetarian Miso Soup – I’m crazy about miso soup especially during winter as it keeps me warm. This one from Itsu is delicious and comes in paste form, not powder. 42 kcal/serving.
5. Bibigo Crispy Seaweed Snacks – I’m not one to make claims, but I really think seaweed is the new kale. It’s rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium with heavy-duty detox properties, among other benefits. Plus it’s simply delicious. 25 kcal/serving.
6. Matcha tea – Being 10x more powerful than green tea, Matcha is the best thing you can add to your morning routine for numerous reasons. I’ve written about it before. 6 kcal/cup.
Spreadsheets and meetings won’t seem all that bad when you’re munching away on good stuff. And trust me, you can make good friends over matcha and seaweed, and your body will thank you for that.