Six Healthy Snacks for the Busy Nurse
Nurses are known for their ability to multitask and focus under pressure. Whether you work in a hospital or answer triage calls from home, you probably struggle to find time to eat. Like many nurses, you may find yourself skipping meals or quickly inhaling whatever you can get your hands on (usually not a healthy choice).
Planning ahead will prevent unhealthy snacking or binging. Take a few moments the night before (or morning if you work the nightshift) and pack a few healthy snacks for your desk. Preparing for a busy workday will prevent unhealthy choices, stave off hunger, and keep your energy levels up. Here are a few healthy snacks that you can easily store in your desk drawer:
Almonds: This handy snack contains vitamin E magnesium, potassium and antioxidants. Almonds are also high in monounsaturated fats which lower your LDL and are associated with reducing the risk of heart disease.
Rice cakes: This low calorie choice comes in a variety of flavors. Be sure to read the label and opt for a flavor with low sugar content. Keep your hunger at bay by spreading a tablespoon of peanut butter on the rice cake for additional substance.
Bananas: No need for a container or bag, bananas are one convenient snack. Pop one in your purse and go. Rich in potassium, this healthy choice can help maintain normal blood pressure and function. Additionally, bananas are low in fat and a good source of fiber.
Cereal: Scoop your favorite healthy cereal into a plastic bag or container for a quick snack. Opt for an oat or whole grain variety that contains fiber and is low in sugar. Always read the nutrition facts. Many cereals that are marketed as “healthy” are actually higher in sugar than the colorful “kid” varieties.
Popcorn: Light and satisfying, popcorn is a great snack when you resist the urge to add butter and salt. Popcorn is rich in antioxidants and is also a good source of fiber. Stay away from the processed varieties as they do not provide the same level of health benefits. It is best to prepare popcorn on the stovetop or with a popcorn maker. In addition to the health benefits, popcorn is a very inexpensive snack.
Apples: Packed with age-defying antioxidants and fiber to satisfy your hunger, apples are a great snack choice. This convenient snack doesn’t require any preparation and can be easily stored at your desk.