The stresses of your job and the ready availability of unhealthy food in the office can make eating unhealthy while at work seem unavoidable. Morning donuts, sugary snacks, and the undeniable allure of the vending machine – these can all add up to an unhealthy work diet.
Fortunately, with a bit of effort and being more mindful about what you eat at work, there’s no reason why you can’t maintain a healthy diet while you’re at the office. Healthy work lunches and snacks are more accessible than you may think. Plus, they can save you money. To help you out, here are our top suggestions for healthy office lunches and snacks:
1. Eat Breakfast
Before you head out for another day at the office, make sure you eat a hearty breakfast. If you don’t you’ll likely be so starving by the time lunch time swings around that you’ll be more inclined to binge on the bad stuff. And if you really don’t have time to eat breakfast before you head out for the day, bring a healthy breakfast with you to eat when you get into the office first thing.
2. Bring Your Own Lunch
Most of us don’t have the pleasure of our work being next to a health food store or salad bar, so our lunch options eating out are typically restricted to unhealthy cafeteria food and fast food restaurants. Avoid the unhealthy eating pitfalls of both of these by always bringing your own healthy work lunches each day. By bringing your own lunches for work, this won’t just encourage you to eat healthier, but it will also likely save you a ton of money over time.
3. Bring Healthy Snacks
In addition to lunch you may want to bring healthy snacks for work as well. This should help prevent you from indulging in vending machine offerings and keep your hunger at bay throughout your workday. A good healthy office snack could be a piece of fruit, an organic cereal bar, sliced carrots sticks or Greek yoghurt. There are tons of healthy snack foods that are work appropriate. Eating healthy at work doesn’t have to be boring; you just have to be a little more creative and plan lunches and work snacks well ahead.
4. Learn to Say “No Thanks”
When a colleague brings in a box of donuts or your boss’ birthday is celebrated with a massive birthday cake, learn to just say “no thanks.” You don’t have to feel obligated to eat unhealthily and if pushed you can even explain that you’re really making a big effort to eat healthier. Of course it’s ok to indulge now and then, but if unhealthy free food at the office is a regular occurrence, become OK with saying thanks, but no thanks.
5. Mix It Up
A healthy office lunch doesn’t have to be bland; it can be as delicious and yummy as you want to make it! Once you get more familiar with healthy cooking and eating, you’ll likely come across many healthful foods that you also find delicious. Try to work these into your lunch dishes and don’t be afraid to spice or mix things up in order to keep it interesting. The same salad every day would bore anyone, so make an effort to bring healthy lunches and snacks to work that you’re actually excited about eating each day.
Start taking healthy lunches to work and you may be shocked at just how more energetic you feel and your waistline may even begin to shrink as an added bonus! Good luck!