Welcome to summer! June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables month, so we’ve put together our favorite tips to help busy professionals eat clean and healthy no matter how busy life gets.
Eating breakfast is one of the best ways to stay fit because it jump-starts your metabolism first thing in the morning. Small, easy meals like a peanut butter and banana sandwich or nonfat Greek yogurt cup can be nibbled at your desk without attracting too much attention. Cereal can be a tempting option, but most cereals are high in sugar and low in protein, making them a less-than-satisfying option. Explore fun breakfast ideas like these energy bites, which pack a protein punch and are sweet and tasty.
Devote some time to food prep on Sundays
Prep all your lunches, snacks, and breakfasts on Sunday. Make salads for the week all at once so you can grab them every morning as you run out the door. Or, prepare a large, satisfying meal that makes great work week leftovers. This roasted chicken and vegetable dish is delicious and takes advantage of the cornucopia of fresh produce available during the summer months. It can also be easily adapted to a gluten free option by eliminating pasta and including rice or quinoa. Another great food prep trick is to make a bunch of hard boiled eggs and other snacks on Sunday, and nosh them as needed for weekday fuel. Ziploc baggies of nuts, raw veggies, or cheese and coldcuts are simple and satisfying.
Avoid office snacking
Does your boss keep the kitchenette stocked with sugary snacks? Avoid nibbling on the sinful stuff by keeping a toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash at work to freshen up throughout the day, and to deter yourself from snacking. No one likes the taste of minty-fresh mouth combined with food. Chewing gum is another clever way to keep from eating mindlessly. If you HAVE to nosh something, keep fresh grapes or celery sticks on hand. In addition to being healthy, they are a great way to boost your digestion.
Don’t scold yourself too much! Dietary studies have shown that people with negative, self-deprecating attitudes about their eating habits only become discouraged, which leads back to poor food choices. Keep inspirational pictures or quote at your desk to keep yourself going, or come up with a positive mantra of self-affirmation for when you’re feel weak moments. And above all: keep busy! One of the best ways to stay out of the kitchen is to focus on work. Good luck!