If you work in an office environment, you’ve got two big strikes against you where staying healthy is concerned. First and most obvious is the fact that you probably spend most of your day sitting, which means you’re getting almost no exercise. Sitting like this also has long term-impacts on your posture, which can lead to chronic back pain down the road.
The other big factor that can negatively impact your health, though, is the company vending machine. Most every company has one, and as you might expect, they’re usually chock full of unhealthy snack options laden with sugar, salt and other things your body doesn’t need.
What’s a busy professional to do, though?
Fortunately, there are some simple, healthy options you can bring from home that will tide you over during those long afternoon hours. Here are some of the best:
• Nuts – Most nuts are very good for you, although you do have to be at least somewhat discerning. Roasted and/or salted nuts, for instance, are the least healthy option, although even these are much better for you than most of the snacks you’ll find in the vending machine.
To make this a maximally healthy choice, pre-package unsalted nuts in small serving sizes in Ziploc bags and keep them in your desk!
• Packaged Soups – This is another great option, but in order to make the most of it, you’ll want to read nutrition labels carefully. Many packaged soups are filled with sodium and other unhealthy ingredients, so be sure to pick one that isn’t!
• If your office has a fridge in the break room, it really expands the number of snack options you have available, but one of the best is Greek yogurt. This is a healthy, thick, creamy and delicious snack filled with probiotic goodness and lots of nutrients your body needs.
The bottom line here is that you don’t have to exist at the mercy of the company vending machine. There are a raft of healthy alternatives you can bring with you from home to get the midday pick-me-up you need.