Children are back in school, sporting events have started, and your employees are busier than ever. One way to ease their stress during this season is to have a well-stocked break room full of healthy snacks. Your workers will be relieved to know that preparing snacks for the office is one thing they can check off their to-do list. Providing this extra perk doesn’t have to be expensive either, as there are several affordable and delicious options.
Popcorn is low in fat, high in fiber, and surprisingly filling. And since it takes very little time to pop, it’s great for shorter break periods. Purchase microwavable popcorn bags in bulk, or if you have a larger workforce, consider investing in your very own popcorn machine.
Fresh fruits such as bananas, apples, and oranges will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth without loading them up on sugar. They’re also loaded with vitamins that will help them avoid those seasonal colds just around the corner.
Dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries, or pineapple is the ideal substitute for sugary snacks such as candy. At the same time, they provide the same burst of energy as a chocolate bar would. So don’t be surprised if these become the go-to snack for employees who are trying to overcome their afternoon slump.
Loaded with protein, mixed nuts help fight off hunger pangs. Plus, they contain healthy oils that promote good brain function. So don’t be surprised if your employees are suddenly more creative after they snack. Enjoy mixed nuts by themselves or with some dried fruit to create your own trail mix.
Rice cakes provide a delicious, crunchy midday snack, a tasty alternative to popcorn. Rice cakes come in many different flavors, so you can mix things up so that your workers never get bored. They can even be slathered with peanut butter or honey for even greater variety.
Like popcorn, veggie chips are a much healthier alternative to potato chips. Even non-veggie lovers will enjoy a delicious, crunchy bag of kale, zucchini, green beans, or carrot chips – so much so that they won’t even notice they are partaking in something wholesome.
Whole Wheat Crackers
Not only are whole wheat crackers delicious, but there are so many different ways to enjoy them. This high-fiber, low-fat delight is perfect with cheese cubes, deli meats, or even dip. However, they are also very tasty, all on their own.
While you are planning out snacks, don’t forget to include some healthy drinks as well. Real fruit juice is loaded with vitamins yet contains no caffeine or other harmful additives. Apple, grape, and pineapple are always popular flavors but don’t forget to keep some orange and grapefruit juice on hand during cold and flu season.
Bottled or Filtered Water
Healthy snacks won’t do your workers any good unless they remain well hydrated. Consequently, you should always offer plenty of bottled or filtered water regardless. Want to entice your team members to drink more water? Offer lemon slices or flavored “water enhancer” packets as well.
Helping You Take Care of Your Employees
Offering healthy snacks such as these will boost morale and improve wellness. So will having a well-administered benefits plan. Here at Abel HR, we may be unable to stock your company’s kitchen, but we can oversee payroll and benefits so your employees are well cared for. Get with us today to find out more.