Healthy Office Eats. Yup. It's Possible

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:15 PM

Healthy office eats may sound like an oxymoron. After all, office snacks are as common as paperclips: pastries at breakfast meetings, chocolates in the break room. Unless one is careful, waistlines advance as quickly as careers.

But with careful planning, the savvy office worker can refuel throughout the day with healthy, energizing snacks that keep productivity high and calories low.

Keep away from the office vending machine with these eight healthy snack ideas, all under 200 calories. Parmesan popcorn, whole wheat crackers and peanut butter and mini pitas with hummus are some of the toothsome options.

Tired of the typical fruit and nut healthy snack ideas and in search of variety? This wonderful post has 49 out-of-the box snack options including eggplant spreads and homemade split pea crisps. We are also drooling over their double dark chocolate and ginger biscotti recipe. A delicious treat to combat the midday slump!

Don't forget to give your office lunch a makeover. Try not to wolf down lunch on the run, or to skip lunch altogether. Missing a midday meal will lead to poor food choices in later in the afternoon.

If possible, combine lunch with a brisk 15-minute walk or time on the office stairs. Simple stretches help get the blood flowing and reinvigorate energy. Ideas for healthy office lunches can be found here.

Finally, consider enlisting your colleagues' support for healthy office eating. When it's time to order lunches for meetings, ask your HR manager or boss to order a salads or a Mediterranean tray of healthy spreads such as hummus, tabbouleh and yogurt dips rather than high sodium and fat meat sandwiches. Request fruit baskets, granolas and yogurt for breakfast meetings rather than pastries.

Every little bit helps.

How do you incorporate healthy snacks and lunches into your work day? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.



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