83 percent of Americans regularly eat at least one meal per day at their desks. Eating well at work, while juggling the daily demands, can be a challenge, but it’s not an impossible task. Add planning ahead and packing nutritious, portable meals and snacks to your to-do list so it’s easier to eat healthy on the job.
Get a Jump-Start
Start your work day off right with a protein-packed breakfast. Experts recommend including at least 25 grams of protein at breakfast to promote appetite satisfaction and weight control. Eat eggs, Greek yogurt, fat-free milk, nut butter and cheese to meet this target. Or try creamy V8® Protein Shakes that combine dairy, pea, soy, brown rice and quinoa proteins for 12 grams of protein, three grams of fiber and one-quarter cup of vegetables per serving. Their wholesome and satisfying Protein Bars—a combination of soy protein, oats, nuts and spices are great for breakfast or on-the-go snacking too.
Schedule a Lunch Date
Make lunch one of your most important appointments of the day. Skipping meals often leads to overeating and may contribute to decreased productivity. When you’re tempted to bypass a lunch break, consider healthy ‘fast food’ options like Dannon® Oikos Triple no fat, added sugars or artificial sweeteners. And with 15 grams of protein per serving it will keep you satisfied all afternoon long. Turn yogurt into a balanced meal with a topping of fresh fruit and whole-grain cereal or granola.
Set a Reminder
Even mild dehydration can cause headaches, poor concentration or low energy, making it difficult to complete the task at hand. When dehydrated it’s also easy to misread feelings of thirst for hunger, leading to mindless munching. Carry a bottle of water or a no-calorie/low-calorie beverage with you as a reminder to sip fluids throughout the day. O.N.E.® Coconut Water is made with pure and refreshing coconut water and comes in Original or fruit juice infused flavors like Pineapple, Mango or Pink Guava.
Take a Break
Tackle the mid-afternoon slump with a brief stretch break, a walk or a recharging snack that supplies fiber, protein and healthy fats like roasted nuts and dried fruit or a whole-grain granola bar. Royal Hawaiian® Orchards Seasoned Macadamias and Fruit & Macadamia Crunches supply monounsaturated fats, protein, fiber and beneficial plant compounds. Stock your desk with all six varieties.
Be in Charge
Keep pre-portioned snacks at your fingertips to prevent the temptation of the vending machine and put you in charge of making a healthier choice. Pirate’s Booty® Baked Rice and Corn Puffs are a better-for-you snack option made with puffed rice and corn that’s blended with real aged white cheddar cheese. Compared to fried snacks, these puffs contain 50 percent less fat and fewer calories per serving. They are also certified gluten free. Enjoy the creamy texture and irresistible flavor of peanut butter at the office, without the jar! New Skippy® Singles Natural Peanut Butter Spread are great for dipping apple slices, baby carrots or celery sticks, spreading onto whole-grain crackers or toast or scooping up with a spoon. Each single-serve cup is made with 100 percent natural ingredients and supplies nine grams of protein with no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors.
Keep a Clean Workspace
Eating at your desk while catching up on calls, emails and paperwork can lead to distracted eating. It can also contribute to the spread of bacteria from surfaces to your food. Before dining at your desk, freshen it up with Lysol® Disinfectant Wipes to eliminate bacteria, fungi, and viruses. When used as directed, they can kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses and more. The wipes also remove more than 95 percent of allergens. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before eating too!
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