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October 22, 2019 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Healthy Snacking for Increased Productivity

By goaskeve More Blogs by This Author

The global wellness economy is now worth a whopping $4.2 trillion following rapid year-on-year growth and it continues to grow today. The evolution of apps and smartphone technology make fitness accessible with information about what we eat available at a simple swipe, shining more of a spotlight on our health than ever before.

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The science of snacking

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Choosing healthy snacks over the ever-appealing junk food is key to keeping your body energised and your mind focused throughout the working day. Unhealthy snacking at work has shown to negatively impact mindset and energy levels, but the right snacks can help to keep both your mind and body on the ball and productive no more afternoon slump!

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Add colour to your snacks

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Gone are the days of soggy oats and tasteless salads. With more choice over dietary requirements and the rise in lifestyle choices such as veganism, vegetarianism, dairy-free, low sugar diets, the choices really are endless. The supermarket shelves are becoming increasingly better equipped for these food choices, which all make it easier when it comes to getting creative with your snacks.

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Happy snacking for a happy mind

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Its worth steering clear of high-carb, starchy snacks. This kind of food can actually have a significantly negative impact on mindset making you feel tired, sluggish or even anxious. Instead, try fresh fruit, vegetables, yoghurts and dips or bright salads for increased productivity and a more positive mood.

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Stop to get started

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It can be difficult to make time to snack well and busy lifestyles get a lot of us eating on the go. Whilst sometimes unavoidable, this isnt the best way to eat. Try to give yourself enough time to enjoy and digest food if youre in a rush, its too tempting (and too easy) to grab a couple of biscuits to keep you going but youll feel worse for it later. Instead, always make time for a lunch break and consider the benefits of putting fruit in staff rooms or break areas, try herbal tea instead of breakfast tea and coffee and add a little fun to your water with fruit infused drinks to keep you refreshed throughout the day.

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Healthier is happier

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Top tips for mindful snacking

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Fruit infused water

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Fruit infused water is commonly provided at corporate events venues to keep delegates energised and productive but in the office its rarely on offer which increases the risk of reaching for a sugary drink. Its easy to make fruit infused water and you can get together with your colleagues to take it into turns buying the ingredients and making a jug. All you need to do is add lemon, strawberry, watermelon whichever fruit you like really and water its so easy to do and can help to re-energise you as the day goes on. Start your office fruit infused water club today.

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Dip into creative snacks

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Dips are a great way of adding something different to your snack. Add extra flavour to chopped vegetables, crackers or bread alternatives and you can add flavours to classic dips based on your tastes. Tip: try adding feta or mango to traditional guacamole for a fresh take on a classic!

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Energy balls

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Energy balls have become a go-to on the move snack choice since Deliciously Ella enthusiastically brought them into our lives a few years ago, and theyre a great alternative to biscuits or chocolates. Made up of peanut butter, nuts, seeds and syrup, energy balls can certainly satisfy a sweet tooth, but are a much healthier alternative to popping a couple of chocolate biscuits on your way out the door.

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Energy bites

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Prep time: 10 minutes

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Roll a mixture of peanut butter, flaxseeds, pecans, raisins and coconut into balls for a boost of energy

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Ingredients:

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100g Pecan

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75g Raisins

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1 tbsp ground flaxseed (or a mix- almond, Brazil nuts and walnut mix will work!)

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1 tbsp- cocoa powder

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1 tbsp agave syrup

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50g desiccated coconut

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2 tbsp peanut butter

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Method

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  1. Put the pecans into a food processor and blitz into crumbs. Add peanut butter, cocoa powder, agave syrup and flaxseeds and raisins and pulse to combine.
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  3. Shape the mixture into balls (about the size of a golf ball) and coat in desiccated coconut. Pop into the fridge for around 20 minutes until firm, then take one and go when you need a boost!
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