Snacking Between Zoom Calls
Work from home has thrown many of us out of our routines, which also includes our eating routines. You may even have adopted a new eating routine, “work from home edition.”
What’s great about working from home is we can grab a snack whenever we need one! But that can also feel stressful, and keeping snacks balanced and healthy isn’t always the easiest.
Today we’re sharing some snacks ideas for between Zoom calls, whether you need something quick before your morning meeting or need an afternoon pick-me-up snack.
Let’s start with overnight oats. You can prep them the night before so they’re ready early in the morning, no cooking needed! Perfect for before or after an early morning Zoom meeting. Whole grain oats are packed with protein and fiber to help set a nice tone for a balanced day of eating. The rest of the toppings/fillers are up to you! We suggest mixing in your favorite fruit and nut butter, perhaps some cinnamon too. For inspiration, check out our recipes!
Have less than 5 minutes to whip something up? A smoothie is a perfect option for packing nutrition into one drink between Zoom calls! Remember the basics: protein + fruit + liquid. Some smoothie ingredient staples to have on hand can include frozen/fresh fruit, yogurt, milk, protein powder, nut butter, and/or cocoa powder. If you’re feeling adventurous, try blending in some frozen veggies like cauliflower or spinach. At the end of the day, you can include whatever ingredients you are feeling in that moment to make it more of a fruity smoothie or a green smoothie. For inspiration, check out the smoothie section of our recipe library.
Hummus is a fantastic plant-based dip full of protein, heart-healthy fats, and fiber. You can also find it in many different flavors at supermarkets. If you feel inspired to make your own, try one of our favorite hummus dip recipes and freeze them in smaller batches to last you for months. So many foods pair well with hummus – pita, crackers, carrots, celery, or tomatoes – they’re all great, so pick your favorite!
Popcorn can have a bad reputation. Maybe this is because of the kinds we find at movie theaters, often loaded with butter and salt or eaten in excessively large portions. However, popcorn can be a very nutritious snack high in fiber and polyphenols, a type of antioxidant. If you have a few moments between Zoom, grab a snack bowl of lightly buttered/salted popcorn. Then YOU can spice it up by sprinkling on garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, nutritional yeast or even chili powder. These spices will add tons of flavor, so you’ll enjoy popcorn and need less salt.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Last but not least – Keeping in the spirit of fall, we love a good handful of delicious roasted pumpkin seeds. Have you ever tried roasting them yourself? Raw pumpkin seeds can be found in your local grocery store or from carving your pumpkin. Bake them sweet by roasting with cinnamon and sugar, or go savory with garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper. Roasting a large batch will allow you to snack on them between meetings for days. Fun fact – Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc and magnesium which will help support our immune systems during the holidays.
We hope these ideas will help step up your snack game between Zoom calls and keep your energy high throughout the day. Happy snacking, friends!
By Coco Ocker