Every now and then I like to slip in a post about self-care. Forty three percent of American’s work from home at least part of the time which means your desk very well could be the kitchen counter. . .dangerously close to all sorts of goodies. If you are like me, alone for most of the day, you may always be in work mode, it is so dang easy to answer another email or eat while catching up on “How To” videos or take a walk and play a podcast that same days it feels like you never left your web world.
With a tiny bit of forethought you can set yourself up for success by shopping ahead (something that is a challenge for me) and buying good stuff (I know, now I am getting really annoying, wasn’t it enough to go to the grocery store, now you need to actually buy the right things!)
Here are a few suggestions for you:
Fresh fruit. I know, sounds dull. What I really like to do is throw all my fruit into a blender and make a smoothie. I try to do this first thing in the morning because if I start healthy it sets the tone for the day. I have a really affordable fruit stand not far from me and buy stuff that is already ripe (which translates to inexpensive). I also keep bags of frozen fruit from Costco in the freezer for the winter months, or if I am too busy to go shopping. Throw in some kale or spinach. If you want to add yogurt, use the nonfat variety (I buy tubs of Chobani Greek Yogurt). There is so much sugar in yogurt and orange juice it is ridiculous.
Nuts. If you like a little crunch, a handful of almonds are the way to go. Or cashews! Protein and a good fat combo.
You can easily put some nut butter on an apple or banana for a combo treat.
Air-Popped Popcorn. I love popcorn, and actually, use some coconut oil to pop it on the stove. A little butter and pink Himalayan sea salt and I am in heaven.
Tuna pouches. Add tuna to another great reason to work from home, you can enjoy smelly snacks! Seriously, loads of protein and omega 3s.
Dark chocolate. Cacao is a great source of magnesium, which is a natural stress reliever. Mix in a little healthy nut butter and you are seriously thanking me. And NO, eating a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup is not endorsed by me.
Water. Seriously, we are so dehydrated. Often we think we are hungry, and really we are just thirsty.
Green tea. I don’t love green tea, but I love hot beverages on a cool day (anything under 70 degrees is cool for me). I will often opt for green tea because it is good for me, or hot water with lemon.
Hard boiled egg. Fast easy and pretty much the perfect food.
Of course, you need to think ahead with these snacks and make sure you add options to your grocery list and keep them handy in the kitchen or at your desk. Don’t make it so easy to reach past the fruit and grab the chips. Notice I don’t mention cookies – I gave up sugar about two years ago. You can’t really totally give up sugar as it is in everything, but I opt out of the obvious goodies. I never crave sugar, but if I feel like something sweet I use a little honey.
What is your favorite desk snack? How are you staying healthy? Like I said, I love to learn, so share away! Want more? Check out this article 6 Dinner Recipes to Eat After a Particularly Stressful Day.
Featured image credit: Joanna Kosinska
Popcorn photo: Mc Jefferson Agloro
Glass of Water: Joanna Kosinska