As a dietitian, I think I get asked about snacks more than anything else. And at times I feel like I give the same response (fruits, veggies, low-fat dairy). Well the reason for the repeated response is because those foods are nutrient rich.
Nutrient-rich foods are foods that provide substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients with few calories. The premise is that we all snack and as a society we are snacking more than ever. We all also need nutrients to stay healthy, therefore our snacks should be healthy or nutrient rich.
Here is a list of some good options:
If you need specific choices to stash at work, try these options:
Now about that office candy jar ... if you must go there, try to take ONE piece of hard candy only (it takes longer to eat and will only cost you 20 to 30 calories). Otherwise, stick to the nutrient-dense choices.
Until next time: Eat well, live well.