While toiling away for hours on end at your desk, it can sometimes be impossible to ignore the inevitable calling from your stomach for food. That scenario will very likely lead you to munching on the array of junk food at your disposal.
As such, how do you go about curbing your hunger pangs at work in a healthy manner?
Keeping your desk stocked
Your best snacking strategy should be to plan ahead. Always ensure you have healthy snacks tucked away on your desk for the times when you need a nutritional boost or when the munchies strike.
An all-natural trail mix is a good start, or perhaps a packet of whole-grain crackers. Another easy choice is packaged nuts, which offer a whole lot of nutrients themselves. Almonds contain good omega-9 fatty acids, while also being a good source of fiber and protein.
This should help you to win the war of temptation against the vending machine offering sugar-loaded junk food.
Seek balance in your bites
Speaking of snacks, while chocolate or cookies may give you a sudden boost in energy and send your blood sugar soaring, the effect is temporary and will disappear in no time, leaving you feeling flat and sluggish.
Instead of enduring that, you should aim for a more balanced treat that contributes to your nutrition intake. Your mini-meal should ideally be constructed around a little bit of protein, carbohydrate and a small amount of fat. If you would rather not put together a snack that ticks all the elements, remember that you can never go wrong with whole foods. Munching on fruits, veggies and nuts will provide you with all the healthy fat and nutrients you body needs to keep you feeling full for a longer period.
Don’t disregard your drinks
After a nourishing nibble, don’t wash it down with a sugar-laden soda. It should be considered equally important that the beverages you have on hand doesn’t just quench your thirst, but also has little sugar and offers some nutrition.
Spice up your mineral water by adding flavors via lemon or orange slices. Alternatively, you could take your pick between herbal or regular teas (hot or cold) and non-fat or low-fat milk. 100% fruit juice or drinks are also a great substitute if you crave some flavor from your bottled drinks.