An office as a working environment can be a place where mindless snacking occurs; either out of hunger or boredom, many office-workers snack throughout the day while working at their desk.

We’ve already looked at whether eating at your desk is a good idea overall (spoiler - it isn’t; read why here), but if you’re one who loves snacking while working or one who wants to make their packed-lunch healthier, here are some foods to replace chocolate bars and crisps with alternatives that can actually boost your productivity at work and rid you of those pesky, work-interrupting sugar-lows.

Berries

If you’re a fruit-lover, you’re in luck; berries are great for your productivity. Fruits as a whole are obviously known for being packed of vitamins and minerals, but berries in particular are said to good for your memory. Being rich in anti-oxidants, you’re likely to be more assertive and enhance your memory at your desk, and the darker berry, the better.

Blueberries are dark berries which make a great snack at work, and also go perfectly in a breakfast with granola and yoghurt.  A mixture of berries will also go great in a smoothie as a refreshing summer drink to replace your caffeine-heavy cup of coffee.

Nuts

Nuts make for a great savoury snack which, depending on the type, can be very good for you. Almonds in particular are high in omega-3 fatty acids which are great for your mood; studies have shown that individuals with low blood levels of omega-3 are more likely to experience symptoms of depression. Upping your levels of omega-3 can boost your mood, and you’ll be more productive when happy, compared to if you were upset and miserable.

Like with berries, nuts are a great addition to a breakfast or perfect as a snack while working.

Dark Chocolate

Yes, really; chocolate. Sadly though, a Mars Bar or Crunchie aren’t on this list.  Dark chocolate however, is and has been named the best kind of chocolate to eat if you want to feed your chocolate-addiction without piling on (too many) pounds.

Dark chocolate is said to increase your focus, so will be great for keeping productive and reducing the amount of times you get distracted. The magnesium in dark chocolate is also said to relieve stress and so has the potential to be perfect for a worker with a long to-do list, to work productively with lower stress levels.

Avocados

The fruit that everyone seems to be raving about, avocados, are also great as something to eat at work. As WebMD notes, an avocado a day "enhances blood flow, offering a simple, tasty way to fire up brain cells."

Great in salads, on toast or on its own as a snack, avocado is rich in those fatty acids we mentioned earlier, which can boost your mood, and they can also improve your overall focus.

Water

While water isn’t necessarily a food, it’s one of the best things you can consume during your work day. Hydration is extremely important for your overall well-being, and therefore productivity. See our post on alternative ways to stay hydrated at work if you prefer a more flavoursome beverage at your desk.


Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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