Some companies are even going as far as keeping the break room stocked with healthy snacks for employees. While this is certainly a perk for employees, it's equally beneficial to the employers as well. Providing healthy snacks for employees can help to boost productivity, increase morale, build team camaraderie, and even decrease employee sick days.
With all of this being said, here are 10 easy and healthy workplace snacks to keep in the break room:
1. Greek Yogurt
Generally speaking, Greek yogurt offers double the protein and half the carbs and sodium that the regular variety contains. It's a healthy, filling snack that is less likely to upset the lactose-intolerant.
2. Fresh Fruits
Offering an assortment of bananas, apples, grapes, or whatever fruit happens to be in season can give your employees easy, on-the-go snacking options without the guilt factor.
If you polled your employees, you'd probably find that a number of them skip breakfast in an effort to get to the office on time. For this reason, integrating oatmeal into your healthy snack mix can help to give your employees a wholesome and filling meal to start the day. The whole oat sources and soluble fiber that oatmeal offers is linked to good heart health and can lower blood pressure.
Nuts are rich in protein and offer a number of other health benefits such as being a source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and Vitamin E. This filling snack is an easy one for employees to eat at their desks on especially busy days.
5. Hard Boiled Eggs
Keeping hard boiled eggs on hand can provide your employees with a rich source of protein and can be a great topping to salads that employees bring from home.
6. String Cheese
Adults appreciate string cheese just as much as the kids do. Plus, cheese is one of the richest sources of dietary calcium, which can be great for the bones, heart, and teeth.
7. Trail Mix
There are so many different varieties of trail mix offered, so mix it up for your employees and try a few. Depending on the ingredients, trail mix can even help your employees get their sweet tooth fix (with dark chocolate, for example) while still offering a nutritious snack.
8. Raw Veggies
Carrot sticks, celery, cauliflower, and cherry tomatoes are all great for dipping in hummus. Consider also offering almond butter to your employees, which can be a healthy and delicious topping for celery.
9. Light Popcorn
While popcorn can seem like a treat for employees, it can also offer a number of healthy benefits such as being a good source of fiber and whole grains. Avoid microwave popcorn or versions that are packed with unhealthy oils and other additives.
10. Low Fat Granola Bars
Granola has been known to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Granola bars can also be a great source of fiber, which can help with the digestive tract.
In addition to these 10 healthy snacks, it's a great idea to also offer employees drinking water to encourage good hydration. By making water readily available (supplying bottled water or providing access to filtered water), your employees are more likely to drink more water.
Please contact us at Summerlin-Roberts for more ideas to create a healthy workplace for your employees.