How To Have A Healthy Diet At Work
Making healthy food choices at work can sometimes feel like a constant uphill battle. Daily birthdays, midweek lunch meetings, discussions at the coffee house on the corner, vending machine temptations and the leftover chocolate cake in the cupboard when you arrive home from work feeling uninspired to cook.
A hectic work schedule gives all the more reason to maintain a diet that is filled with food choices that will provide you with sustained and steady energy throughout the day, in order for you to maintain your productivity and focus.
So what will make life easier when it comes to making healthy and energy sustaining food choices?
1. Always go for the simple evening option
Healthy eating can easily be made too complicated, and there’s a time and a place, 8pm on a Wednesday isn’t it. This is the time to stick to the basics such as:
- Omelette with any veggies you can find in the fridge.
- Homemade salad with beans/eggs/chicken/fish and all salad veggies you can get your hands on.
- Roasted veg and protein of your choice. Simply cut into large chunks, season, and whack in the oven.
- Stir fries can be made in a matter of minutes, veggies such as peppers, mangetout, beansprouts, combined with noodles and thin strips of chicken, prawns or tofu.
2. Meal prep your lunch
Having delicious lunches to hand each day of the week will make the biscuit tray seem less appealing than usual. Preparing your lunches needn’t take long, and can even be simply prepared whilst you cook dinner on Sunday.
- Cook a large stew or curry that can be split for each day of the week
- Cook separate elements and mix and match your meals to suit each day. This means cooking your veggies, protein and grains and storing separately before combining your chosen elements the night before.
- Wraps and salads can be made the night before and require next to know preparation.
- Cook a large batch of your favourite soup, and have with a whole meal pitta.
3. Snack healthy
Snacks can be planned for the day before, and don’t need to be difficult. Add some of the following snack ideas to next weeks shopping list:
- Greek yoghurt
- Fresh berries
- Hummus or tzatziki with vegetable crudités
- Dried fruit
- Plain nuts and seeds
- Peanut butter with chopped fruit
- Roast the following in the oven: Chickpeas, apples, sweet potatoes, kale
4. Start a lunch club
Are there several other people in your office who always have the best healthy eating intentions? Why not create your own lunch club to save eating the same meal day in and day out. Each person becomes responsible for each day of the week, but bear in mind that it will probably be easier to divide the lunch into 5 containers, as it’s unlikely that everyone will be eating together. This is a great way to stop you from getting bored and broaden your meal and recipe horizon.