Top tips on what to eat in the office…
To add to the series of blogs we have created recently promoting health and wellbeing in the office, we were having a think about our eating habits in the office. As a lot of you can appreciate, lack of time, effort levels and what is available, play a huge part in deciding what to have for lunch. Snacks during the day are just as important as well. I don’t know about you, but I am usually hungry at about 10:30am and again at 3pm and unless I have a few sensible snacks with me, the chocolate machine will get raided!
Food pre-preparation is the key! If you can find the time to prepare your lunch ideally the night before and bring it in with you, then you will be able to control what you are eating during the day plus it will cost you less each day than buying it. It is sometimes easier to prep a bigger meal and this will last a few days so you only really need to do this twice a week. It doesn’t have to be boring, you can add some lovely herbs and spices without overdosing on the calories!
Ideally try to go easy on too many carbs as this will just make you lethargic in the afternoon and much less productive. Lots of leafy greens and protein is the way forward – salads (not too much dressing), veggies, chicken and white fish are best.
So what about snacks then? The best I find are almonds – have a little pack on your desk at all times and a handful of these at about 3pm will really help to take you through to the end of the working day. Those little pre-prepared carrot batons are also excellent as they are one of the sweeter veggies. If that sweet tooth needs to be satisfied in particular, a few scoops of plain Greek yoghurt with a small handful of raspberries works really well.
Lastly, although some people aren’t going to want to hear this, try to avoid or at least limit your caffeine intake and drink lots and lots of water – at least 3l per day. Just fill up a jug of water each morning and get your way through it slowly and you will find you are drinking enough.