Do tight deadlines and stress drive you to the nearest vending machine or the breakroom at work?
You aren’t alone. Recent research has shown that people tend to eat foods at work that are high in fat, added sugar and sodium. Based on data from more than 5,000 employees throughout the country, researchers found that employees consumed an average of 1,300 calories each week from food they obtained at work.
To resist workplace temptations, it’s easy to tote your own snacks to work or keep a stash of fixings in your desk or office fridge.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Unsalted almonds or walnuts with dried fruit
- Roasted chickpeas
- Air-popped popcorn sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, cinnamon or other seasonings
- Instant sugar-free oatmeal topped with fresh berries
- Fat-free plain yogurt with your favorite healthy stir-ins (dried or fresh fruit, nuts, seeds) or yogurt layered with fruit and homemade granola
- Whole-grain lightly salted pretzels or crackers and low-fat cheese cubes or a packet of nut butter
- Homemade breakfast bars
- Fresh vegetables with hummus or fresh fruit
It also helps to be proactive. Don’t wait for stress or hunger to hit before enjoying your snack. I find that snacks that combine protein and fiber have the most staying power. To avoid overeating, take time to savor your snack, rather than working as you eat.