When your day is busy from beginning to end finding ways to eat as healthy as possible can be problematic. This is particularly the case when it comes to eating meals at work.
There are plenty of ways to eat healthy at work without suffering from all out boredom. Let us take a look at how to accomplish this.
Eating healthy at work does not have to be a problem if you keep your meals basic and simple. Make your meals as easy as possible. Salads are an excellent way to get the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you need during your workday.
Prepare your salad the night before instead of in the morning to reduce the chance that you will feel rushed.
If you do not have time for all of the cutting, chopping and preparing that a salad entails then purchase the salad blends that are already precut. If you like croutons with your salad instead of buying the prepackaged croutons just pack a piece of whole wheat bread to tote along with your salad. When it is time for lunch break up the bread into small pieces and add it to your salad.
It is important to add a source of protein to the salads you eat. Good choices for toppings include unsalted nuts, chopped eggs, low fat cheese, tuna or chicken. If you like to add fruit to your salads then some of the optimum choices include diced apples, raisins, orange wedges, grapes and strawberries.
A healthy meal is one that is well balanced and includes food from at least three (or ideally four) of the food groups. When you sit down to eat a meal half of your plate should contain vegetables, while one quarter should be protein and the final quarter should be starch.
Drinking water throughout your workday is also a very healthy habit to get into.
It is imperative that you replace the fluids that are lost from your system throughout the day. If you do not do this then dehydration can set in. This can lead to such discomforts as mild headaches, muscle cramping, drowsiness and a general feeling of sluggishness. All of these things can make getting through your workday much more difficult, not to mention downright unpleasant!
To avoid meal boredom if it is an issue for you add new foods to your regular routine to spice things up a bit. For example, leftovers are excellent choices for lunches at work because they do not involve a lot of work. In most cases all they require is a quick reheating in the microwave.
Sandwiches are another workday staples that you cannot go wrong with. However it is a smart idea to replace the sandwich bread with whole grain pita, wraps and bagels and then add your favorite vegetable toppings to it. Always remember that you are eating to be healthy but you are also eating to increase your energy. This is particularly important for meals eaten at work.
It is recommended that you eat away from your desk or work area if possible. This gives you the time to sit and relax. It also takes your thoughts away from the work that is waiting for you back at your desk. This gives you the opportunity to refuel your mind at the same time as you are refueling your body. Both are equally important after all!