Eating at Your Desk
First of all, it’s a lot better for you to get away from your desk. However, be ready for those times you can’t step away by stocking your workspace with an arsenal of balanced foods (and hand sanitizer).
Here are some staples:
- Peanut butter
- Celery sticks and baby carrots
- Grapes or apples
- Dried fruit
- String cheese
- Whole grain bread or crackers
- Bite size dark chocolate
Take Out Fake Out
You always mean to bring a lunch, but you never have time to actually pack one. Inevitably, you end up buying something quick, which unfortunately, is often junk food.
Here are some tips to making fast food healthier:
- Ask for a side salad (dressing on the side) instead of fries or chips. Dip your fork in the dressing, then skewer a fork full of salad.
- All salads are not created equal: A typical Caesar salad has 560 calories and a whopping 36 grams of fat. Order carefully – check for calorie/fat content.
- Ask for double or triple vegetables.
- Opt for water instead of soda.
- Lunch doesn’t require dessert. If you crave something sweet, eat an apple or savor a small piece of dark chocolate.
- Don’t wait until you’re starving to make a food run. Chips, cookies, and candy are usually placed by the cash register to entice the famished and weak-willed. We’ve all fallen off that wagon, so avoid putting yourself in that situation.
Brown Bag Club
The beauty of packing your own lunch is you truly can get it “your way.” By building your own sandwich, you can get creative and have it exactly how you like it every time. Try adding some thin apple slices, veggies, sprouts or avocado. Swap out the mayo for some hummus. If you’re a cheese-eater, use a low-fat version. Grill some extra chicken, or slice ham off the bone (whole cuts) for healthier versions of lunch meat, which often contain preservatives like phosphates and MSG. Leftovers make great ready-made lunches, so make some extra food next time you’re cooking dinner at home.
Carry snacks to help you out of hunger jams and you won’t be tempted to hit the drive-thru.
Stock on-the-go edibles for commutes or errands, but pick items that are especially easy to eat on the road:
- Low-calorie granola bars
- Whole grain crackers
- Trail mix or nuts
- Dried fruit