Want to kickstart some healthier eating habits?
A good place to start is at your workplace.
Between the vending machine calling your name and the weekly birthday cake in the break room, it can be tricky to stay on track with healthy eating at work.
But there are a few simple ways you can eat healthy meal options at work and I'll run through some of them now for you.
Make sure you have a pen and paper ready, or your preferred note taking device.
Start off with a healthy breakfast
The workplace is a little like going food shopping at the supermarket, if you walk in feeling hungry, you’re setting yourself up for failure!
Research has found that people who skip breakfast consume more discretionary foods, or junk food.
That’s why it’s important to start your day with a nutrient-dense brekkie that keeps you full.
Then you're less likely to binge eat while at work!
So go for a breakfast option that is a good source of protein, healthy fats and fibre.
You might want to scramble up some eggs and veggies if you have some time in the morning.
And if your mornings are rushed, a tasty smoothie might be the best option for you.
Have some basic lunch ingredients handy
It’s great to pack a healthy lunch and also be the lunchtime meal prep pro of your workplace.
But sometimes, you forget to pack your lunch, or you run out of time to make it in the morning.
That’s where it can be handy to have some basic lunch ingredients stashed for yourself at work, so when hunger strikes, you're ready for it.
Some of the options below can depend on whether you have access to a fridge or freezer.
So bear this in mind when choosing your favourite healthy options to stash so they're ready when you need them.
Some food ideas to keep at work include:
- Tins of fish – tuna, salmon, sardines and the like
- Rice cakes
- Half a loaf of wholegrain/wholemeal bread (if you have access to a freezer)
- Soup – make sure you check the ingredients first! Some decent supermarket brands include La Zuppa, Hart & Soul and Amy’s Kitchen
- Microwaveable brown rice
- Frozen leftovers (if you have access to a freezer)
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Know your healthy local takeaway options
Run out of ingredients in your little desk pantry?
This is where it’s important to know your last-minute lunch options in your local area.
Many takeaway options can be unhealthy, but if you know your local area, you'll be able to find some healthier options.
For example, you might have:
- A local cafe that makes a great superfood salad or offers a weekly soup option
- Sushi from your local sushi or Japanese restaurant
- Burrito bowls from your local Mexican restaurant
- A healthy food court restaurant offering baked potato/sweet potato with your choice of toppings
Once you know what healthy options are available around your work, it'll make it so much easier to stick to a healthy eating plan without resorting to raiding the vending machine.
Stock up on healthy snacks
It’s great to get your breakfast and lunch sorted, because those will help keep you full for most of the work day.
But what if you miss one, or you find yourself getting peckish anyway?
That’s where it’s important to have healthy snacks stashed at work.
A good healthy snack for work will fill you up and satisfy your hunger without being too calorie-dense.
So what are some good healthy snack options for work?
Some good healthy snacks to pop into your desk drawer include:
- Pre-portioned serves of nut and seed or trail mixes
- Freeze-dried fruit pieces
- Snack packs of air-popped popcorn
- Super Cubes Wholefood bars
The Wholefood bars are one of our favourite snack options here at Super Cubes and they're small enough to easily hide from your work colleagues.
They combine all-natural healthy ingredients that you recognise into a tasty snack that you can enjoy any time of day!
Eating healthy at work is easy!
You'd have to agree, the easiest way for you to eat healthily at work is being prepared.
Having a great mix of healthy snacks and lunchtime options ready for you to eat and also planning for when you run out of time is important if you want to keep on track.
If you implement any of the above tips and also add in a few of the food options as well, you'll be well on the way to changing your eating habits (if you need too).
And with so many options, I'm sure you'll quickly find healthy food combinations that can easily work for you.
And also quickly find your favourite Wholefoods Bar flavour at the same time!