Today I’ve brought you all a post in collaboration with Nuts.com, who have been very kind in providing this fun graphic checklist for 7 ways to stay healthy at work. The top 3 are my own ideas and the other great 4 come from the Nuts.com team.
I’m definitely guilty of snacking at work — it’s so hard to stay away from cookies and crackers when you’re sitting at a desk all day! But I do better when I’m prepared for the day with planned snacks and smart options within easy reach.
Bring your own lunch or plan your lunch buy
When you prep meals, you’re less likely to overeat and overspend. If you can, bring leftovers from last night’s dinner or whip up something simple like a veggie-packed sandwich or salad. Even if you can’t bring lunch from home, you always have the chance to scout out your meal options around your workplace. So check online for the menus at the local restaurants, see what’s available and decide on two or three top, healthy choices (just in case something isn’t offered by chance). Then when you go and purchase your meal, you have a pre-determined meal choice in mind and are less likely to be influenced into buying something on the unhealthy side.
Include protein in mid-afternoon snack
Many of us crave a salty or sweet snack around 3 or 4pm when we’re feeling sluggish. I remember reading somewhere years ago that this is because your body’s craving an energy boost (protein!) around this time, as it’s usually been a few hours since lunch. Protein is a great way to satisfy this craving, and there are tons of nutritious salty or sweet options you could chooose from. Here are a few:
– Chocolate-covered almonds
– Hummus and Carrots
– Roasted Pistachios
– Celery and Peanut Butter
Opt for healthy sweets
Personally, I always want something chocolatey at night when I get home after classes or work. It’s tough to do, but I ultimately feel better when I choose a healthy sweet over a pure sugar-y one. So whether you crave sweets in the middle of the day or at night, do your best to take charge of your willpower and choose a better alternative. Some options to consider:
– Fruits are great, packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants.
– Chocolate covered nuts and dried fruits (raisins are my fave!)
– Blueberries and Greek Yoghurt (throw in some ground flaxseed for some Omego-3s).
– Homemade trail mix – almonds, peanuts, M&Ms, dried cranberries,etc.
Disclaimer: This post was done in collaboration with Nuts.com, who provided the graphic with my 3 top ideas included. I was not compensated for this post. Opinions shared are my own.