Across the world, the working population has struggled working from home for the greater part of 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. For most part of the year, the working class allowed to work from home faced a variety of challenges including Zoom fatigue, children interrupting meetings, and not a fraction of a second alone. To be brutally honest, the ‘new normal’ has blurred the lines between our personal lives and our professional ones. Having said that, one thing suffering under the WFH stress is our eating habits. COVID-19 has impacted the way we eat during our work hours as well.
In some ways, WFH has made it easier for us to snack endlessly while sitting at the computer desk, but choosing the wrong snack to nibble on during your working hours may leave you zapped and searching for energy in the next worst snack.
So, what constitutes a good, healthy snack? “A good snack is delicious, satiating and energizing,” registered dietitian Suzie Finkel, the founder of Well Digested Nutrition, says of her snack philosophy.
Consider a snack like “a mini meal in terms of nutrition, as it should ideally contain protein, healthy fat and fiber,” says registered dietitian Kelli McGrane, a contributing dietitian for calorie-counting app Lose It!. “All three of these nutrients are key for providing a slow and steady release of energy. This way, rather than giving you a quick boost of energy and then leaving you hungry an hour afterward, a balanced snack will keep you satisfied until your next meal.”
Protein, fat and fiber are the keys to feeling satiated, adds Monica Auslander Moreno, founder of Essence Nutrition, but many snacks on the market lean heavy on carbs, which, without other nutrients, can leave you even hungrier than when you started.
And a word to the wise: “Don’t pick a snack you don’t like just because you heard somewhere it’s ‘healthy,’” says Finkel, noting how celery has never done the trick for her despite its healthy reputation. A perfect snack will satisfy your taste buds, quell your hunger and provide you with energy to go a little longer through your activities until your next meal, she says.
Moreno advises keeping an eye out for “added sugar” in a product’s nutrition label. While many nutritious foods are naturally high in sugar (like dried mango, for example), you’ll want to stick to snacks that have little to no added sugar, which you can spot clearly outlined under the “sugar” section of a food label.
Another label line to check: fiber. “Fiber keeps you full, helps balance blood sugar and assists in cholesterol metabolism,” says Moreno. “I like to find a snack that has at least 4 grams of fiber per serving.”
There’s no doubt that browsing snack options online can be as overwhelming as it is exciting, but with assistance from nutritionists, we’ve put together a list of their favorite healthy snacks on Amazon that are just as delicious as they are nutritious.