When snack time rolls around at the office, employees often search for high sugar foods that are empty in calories. While these may taste great, they’re also a poor source of energy. Employees may feel a “boost” after they eat a high sugar or simple carbohydrate snack, but their energy levels will quickly crash, leaving them as tired as they were before snack time, if not more so.
Employees that need sustained energy need to have healthy snack items available to them, such as these three heart healthy and energy producing foods:
Almonds are one of nature’s most powerful foods. Although they are considered “high” in fat, they contain monounsaturated fat – the good kind of fat that has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, and reduce the risk of breast cancer.
2. Dried Fruit
While dried fruit does tend to catch a lot of flak for being higher in sugar and calories, it’s still a nutritious snack and a wise choice for a mid-day boost. For example, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition revealed in a 2005 study that the antioxidant levels in dried plums, grapes and cranberries were nearly double the amount of antioxidants found in their fresh fruit counterparts.
3. Peanuts & Peanut Butter
Peanuts are one of the most common nuts used in snack foods, but also one of the healthiest. The protein and carbohydrates in peanuts can help you feeling full longer, and are packed full of niacin, folic acid and dense calories that provide you with a long, slow burning energy source.
In order to help employees to do their best work, make healthy foods available to them throughout the day. Sun Vending provides great tasting, healthy snacks like granola bars, roasted nuts and dried fruits that help give employees the energy they need to get them through the day. Visit the Sun Vending snack page to see our selection of Healthy Snacks: http://sunvending.com/vending-machine-snacks/