The infamous teatime break – it’s pretty much the best time of the day, I mean, besides quitting time. The time you get to look forward too after breakfast, and the halfway point between lunch. A time of gathering and joking, chatting with the crew you don’t get to work closely with and the much needed caffeine burst to carry you through. But if you’re not careful, this break can drag you down and make your life a living H-E double L if you chose to eat heavy, fattening foods. It can even slow down your productivity and make you feel sluggish for the rest of the day. Don’t worry, we’re here to help – if you stick with these snack ideas, you’ll feel energized and it won’t hurt your waistband size – bonus!
Apples + Peanut Butter
Sometimes going back to the basics is all you have to do to restore a little energy. These two things are widely available anywhere in the world, and are usually stocked up on board – meaning, there’s no excuse. The best part about this snack, you can spruce it up when you feel you’re getting tired of it. Apples can be sweet or bitter, the peanut butter can be crunchy, smooth or you can go one step further and try almond, cashew or any other nut butter. Top it with almond slivers, raisins or other dried fruit for an added taste. After all, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
This high in protein, and low in fat snack is perfect for those who have a meat tooth. It is a snack that will require some extra planning– as there are a few more steps involved, but once you make it you’ll have a supply for at least a week. You can get creative with how you make or season your jerky, but it all has the same simple steps: freeze/semi-freeze your meat (lean without much fat is best) so you can cut it into thin slices easily, marinate over night, remove from fridge for 30mins prior to dehydrating the meat. Dehydrate on a baking sheet at the lowest temp your oven will go, making sure to prop the door open a crack – a wooden spoon works best. Dry until desired chewiness. Or, go really easy and have the chief stewardess buy you some at the store!
Greek Yogurt + Granola
Perfect for in the morning, and great for those who have more of a sweet tooth. No matter what flavor greek yogurt you choose, you’ll be happy to know it is loaded with protein, and high in probiotics, a healthy bacteria to keep your body working properly, especially for women. If granola isn’t your thing, feel free to substitute it for some berries, or go fully off the deep end and dip a banana in it.
Cucumber Meat Sandwiches
If bread lags you down, but you’re addicted to sandwiches, this is going to be your new best friend. Skip the carbs, and use cucumber slices (either rounded or cut length ways) as the bread to your new and improved teatime sandwich. It’s easy to make, and the best part is you can just add deli meat and/or a little cream cheese. The choice is yours.
Sriracha Chick Peas
Spice things up at teatime with a crunchy, spicy (and highly addictive!) snack. Like the jerky, you will need to prepare for this one in advance, but it’s easily stored in a Ziplock bag for weeks to come. Open and rinse a can of chickpeas, and then pat dry. In a bowl, mix in some sriracha sauce and lightly coat the chickpeas- feel free to even add a tiny bit of sugar, to offset the spiciness if needed. Lay the contents on a baking sheet, and bake at low temperature until they are at your desired crunchiness level. Prepare to have your mind blown, and not have your waistband expand.
Hummus + Carrots
Are you a dipper? Then, this is the perfect snack for you. This ideal Mediterranean combination of healthy and savory, hummus can be dipped with crackers, or for a healthier option; carrots, cucumbers, celery or any veggies you can grab from the fridge. It’s packed with protein, and while it is on the higher side of the fat content, it is heart healthy unsaturated fats your body needs. Perfect for sharing, and easily made (thanks, Chef!).