5 Dietitian-Approved Healthy Habits and Snacks For Work
We’ve all been there. The moment the late afternoon munchies hit and you wish you had packed healthy snacks for work. With deadlines looming before the end of the week and productivity dwindling, it can be tough to avoid the vending machine’s calls when hunger strikes. That very moment is the perfect time to reset, recharge and reach for your stash of healthy snacks. But every once in a while, it can be nice to mix things up and add even more healthy habits during the workday. Here are the 5 things that I keep in my desk drawer to make it easy!
1. Refillable water bottle:
Most times when we think we are hungry, we’re actually already dehydrated. Next time you have a hankering for a snack, start drinking water from your refillable water bottle (go green!) instead to see if your body needs hydration. Aim for about eight 8 oz. of water a day (and more if you’re active). Drinking the right amount of water becomes easier as you notice how your body positively reacts. For example water keeps you both awake and alert, while dehydration leads to fatigue. Not good while you’re in the middle of the work day, right? So, making sure to add in more water along with healthy snacks for work will greatly improve how your body functions throughout the day. Plus, getting up to refill your water bottle is an easy way to get a couple of extra steps into your day. So visit the watercooler or kitchen on the other side of the office as much as you can!
2. Health Warrior Honey Sea Salt Pumpkin Seed Bar:
Instead of reaching for the office candy bowl during an energy slump, add Health Warrior Pumpkin Seed Bars to your stash of healthy snacks for work. Made with simple ingredients that are probably in your pantry already (like quinoa, pumpkin seeds, coconut oil, and honey) these bars have the protein you need to stay focused, the fiber to keep you full until your next meal, and none of the extra sugar and fillers you don’t need! High sugar snacks often lead to lulls in energy, which can cripple productivity — so snacks like Health Warrior bars are key to keeping your blood sugar steady. I especially love the Health Warrior Honey Sea Salt bar when I need something that has both a touch of sweet and salty goodness.
3. Roll-on essential oil:
No matter what line of work you’re in, sometimes the work days can get stressful. The next time you start to feel the heat of the stress, take a deep breath and reach for an essential oil roller (I keep a couple in my desk drawer). Choose oils that calm and refresh like peppermint and jasmine. Peppermint is great for boosting concentration and memory because it’s so invigorating. Jasmine is another good option as it calms nerves and promotes optimism and confidence.
4. Tennis ball:
Feeling the effects of last night’s workout on your feet? Frequently switching from gym shoes to dress shoes can do a number on your arches. Use a tennis ball to roll under your feet at your desk for a mini foot massage (no one has to know!). Do you carry stress in your upper back from typing or in your lower back from sitting? Place a tennis ball between your back and a wall and lean into the ball to alleviate knots and pressure. Once I began doing this five minutes during the work day, I began to see an improvement in my posture right away.
5. Lemon wedges:
Lemon wedges might not actually be the first thing that comes to mind when you think healthy snacks for work, but they are the perfect sidekick to your healthy habits. By stashing some pre-cut lemon slices in your desk drawer you’ll have ammo to spruce up meals AND get a little more vitamin C in your diet. Squeeze a lemon over leftovers for lunch for extra flavor without the salt! Another great use of lemon wedges is to add to water to perk up your tastebuds and keep your mouth from going dry throughout the day. It may also help you reach your goal of 8 oz of water a day.
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