Eating healthy at work can be very challenging. According to data from the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the health of Singaporean workers tends to lag the general population. They have higher prevalence of pre-obesity, high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure.
This could be attributed to a few factors: first, largely sedentary lifestyles – understandably inevitable when you work a full-time job in the office. Secondly, the lunches in the CBD generally means a rotation of hawker and takeout food, which may not be healthy. In addition, office pantries are often filled with sugary, trans fat loaded treats to snack on.
This doesn’t mean snacking is forbidden. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as snacking can help bridge the gap between meals, curbing your appetite so that you will not overeat at your next meal. However, it is what you eat to stave off the hunger that makes the difference.
Boredom, stress and peer pressure can often lead to unhealthy snacking in the office, so what you stock in your pantry makes a big difference. Sweets, chocolates, biscuits and chips, while helpful in satisfying a sudden craving, tend to provide irregular spikes in sugar levels in your blood stream, providing you with a burst of energy – a sugar high. As with all highs, this spike in sugar levels will inevitably cause you to crash, and you may be even more unproductive than before.
Here are five healthy snacking habits, that not only taste good but are also effective in curbing your snacking cravings in a healthy way.