Recently some of my friends and I were talking about the downsides of work. You sit all day, you feel crippled from hunching over your keyboard, I personally get headaches from staring at the computer screen and there are constantly food and treats lurking in the office just haunting you.
I swear it is someone's birthday everyday, or someone decided to pick up donuts on their way in, or someone (me) was in a baking mood and brought all the leftovers to work. Not to mention I work in a place with a full service restaurant so random plates of queso and nachos just show up in our office from time to time. Hello trying to eat healthy over here, please stop with the nonsense food!!
It's too easy to get un-healthy while in the working world. The best way I have tried to stay on track at work is to 1. always be stocked with a drawer of healthy snacks 2. keep a full bottle of water nearby and 3. get up at least once every hour to walk around and stretch my legs. These are tips we hear a lot, but having healthy snacks on hand has really worked for me. Chances are if some kind of food appears I'm going to want to eat it or chances are I may just get stressed mid-day and need a little pick me up. In the end I feel so much better when I reach for one of my healthy snacks instead of a piece of cookie cake.
As far as snacks go, the most important thing for me is to pre-portion everything out. I make little baggies of nuts, air popped popcorn and granola so that I don't end up finding myself elbow deep in a bag of Purely Elizabeth.
Below are some of my favorite desk drawer snacks!
Almonds or Cashews
Trail Mix (this is my favorite)
Granny Smith Apples and Almond Butter Packs
Air Popped Popcorn
Almond Butter Balls
Hot Tea ( I drink so much tea at work!!)
If you want more ideas check out this list of healthy snacks, or more specific, healthy snacks for work. I'm dying to try this cranberry nut kale granola! Any favorite work snacks you care to share? I'm always in for a good snack!
P.S. Thank you to my desk at home for making my snack hacks look pretty, because let's be honest, my desk at work is a complete disaster.