It’s no secret that eating right benefits your mind, body, and can help you focus and perform better at work. However, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet in the workplace. Factors such as time, convenience, and availability influence our dietary choices, and often not for the best. It’s much harder to make healthy choices when you are hungry.
Eating healthy might not always be immediately convenient. But nothing worth having truly is. You have to make your healthy lifestyle a priority, just as you make your job and your family a priority. When you’re at your best, it benefits everyone around you. That being said, eating healthier only requires a measure of planning. Once you make your healthy diet more of a habit, you won’t see it as an inconvenience, rather just another part of your productive work day. Packing your own lunch means having control over what you are eating, and what you are spending. You could end up saving hundreds of dollars a month just by packing your lunch.
Life can be unpredictable, and this is especially true when it comes to your work day. Sometimes you might have to work late, and find yourself hungry and trapped at your desk. No one works better on an empty stomach, so it’s important to have an emergency snack stash. If you always have a convenient snack on hand, you’ll be less likely to make poor snack choices out of desperation. Keep shelf stable snacks near your desk that are easy to grab and keep going. Go for snacks that have protein and fiber to keep you going. Granola bars, trail mixes, and whole grain crackers are great options. Bananas, apples, and berries are also a great quick snack to give you an evening vitamin boost to keep you going. If you spend a lot of your work day in your car, store your stash there.
Eating healthier at work is a lot easier than it seems, and well worth the effort. All it takes is a little preparation and determination. If you’re excited to start eating healthier at work, check out these recipe ideas below!