The Best Snack To Eat When You’re Hangry At Work

Perhaps hunger hits hardest in the hours after lunch and before you head home for the night, when you don’t know how you’ll make it through that 4 p.m. meeting without eating your own hand. According to new findings, it’s easy to win this battle against “hanger” (you know, hunger and anger) by simply stashing a bag of walnuts in your desk. 

These nuts are rich in protein and fiber, two nutrients that will help you make it all the way to dinner. Common vending machine snacks like chips and candy may be a momentary fix, but will have you feeling sleepy and hungry all over again in a matter of hours. 

Eating walnuts might even benefit your work productivity: Research has found that munching on approximately seven nuts each day can improve your concentration and amp up the speed at which you process information. They may be preferable to almonds because they’re easier on the teeth, as Time points out. What’s more, walnuts are rich in polyphenols, which may play a role in cancer and diabetes prevention. They’re also rich in mineral manganese, which is beneficial for PMS symptoms, and vitamin B6, a mood booster. Learn more about this powerful nut in the video above.

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8 Healthy Office Snacks

8 Healthy Office Snacks

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Whole Wheat Crackers and Peanut Butter

Save your quarters by skipping the vending machine’s peanut butter crackers and packing your own nutritious snack. For a hunger-curbing option, try 10 multigrain wheat crackers (such as Multigrain Wheat Thins) and a tablespoon of peanut butter. This nutrient-rich snack rings in at just 193 calories and offers 2 grams of fiber. The combination of complex carbs and protein help to keep your blood sugar stable and keep you feeling full longer. See More: Top Protein-Rich Foods

Whole Wheat Crackers and Peanut Butter
Save your quarters by skipping the vending machine’s peanut butter crackers and packing your own nutritious snack. For a hunger-curbing option, try 10 multigrain wheat crackers (such as Multigrain Wheat Thins) and a tablespoon of peanut butter. This nutrient-rich snack rings in at just 193 calories and offers 2 grams of fiber. The combination of complex carbs and protein help to keep your blood sugar stable and keep you feeling full longer. See More: Top Protein-Rich Foods
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Nuts
Make the swap and choose nuts over chips for a crunchy alternative. Nuts are rich in heart-healthy fats but are calorically dense (about 170 calories per ounce) so measure out an ounce (about 24 almonds) and stick to that amount instead of feasting on the entire bag. Stash premeasured baggies of nuts in an office drawer or in your purse to nibble on when the 3 p.m. hunger pains hit. Almonds and other nuts are a naturally high source of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium and are rich in protein and fiber. See More: 100 Easy Chicken Recipes
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Popcorn With Parmesan
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Fruit
Grab an apple, banana, pear, grapes, or other portable fruit as you dash out the door every morning. If you grab a different fruit every day (and change with the seasons), you’ll obtain a good variety of nutrients plus fiber, and won’t get bored with the same old snack. The average serving of fruit is around 70 calories so pair with a cup of fat-free milk (about 90 calories) for a protein boost as well as extra calcium and vitamin D. This protein and fiber combination will keep you feeling full and prevent mindless eating. See More: 12 Ways to Eat More Vegetables and Fruit
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Instant Oatmeal
When you’re in a rush at work and want something warm and comforting, heat a packet of plain instant oatmeal (just 110 calories) in the microwave for a quick and satisfying treat. Choose plain oatmeal and add your own flavorings to control the calorie and sugar content. Top with a 42 calorie mini box of raisins for a sweet flavor and added nutrients or sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Doubling as a fiber-rich breakfast or daytime snack, oatmeal helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease. See More: 100-Calorie Oatmeal Toppings
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Mini Pitas with Hummus
Use mini pita pockets to scoop up creamy hummus. Whether you make your own hummus or choose a favorite brand at the grocery store, hummus is made from chickpeas, a great source of soluble fiber. This soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Pair one serving of hummus, 2 tablespoons, with 3 mini pita rounds for a 150 calorie snack. If you want a protein boost, fill the mini pita pockets with an ounce of low-sodium deli ham or turkey. The fiber and protein combo gives the snack some staying power to keep you feeling full longer. See More: Make Your Own Hummus: 11 Recipes
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Snack Bars
If you’re having a sweet attack and are looking for a healthy “bar” that isn’t loaded with sugar, reach for one that is all natural. Brands like LaraBar and KIND are good sources of fiber, contain no added sugar, and are made from whole, natural ingredients like dates, almonds, cashews, and cranberries. These bars are rich in fiber, low in sodium, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and run around 200 calories per serving. Pack these convenient bars in a purse or pocket for an instantly sweet and filling snack. See More: Choose the Best Energy Bar for You
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Veggies with Ranch
Beat the high-fat, high-sodium snacks featured at the convenience store and pack a container of fresh veggies like carrots, celery, and grape tomatoes. Raw veggies fill you up because of their high water and fiber content. If you struggle eating veggies in the buff, try dipping them in 2 tablespoons of low-fat Ranch dressing (80 calories), hummus (70 calories), or salsa (10 calories). See More: 101 Healthy Soups
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