When you’re trying to get work done, it might be hard to drag yourself away from your computer long enough for a healthy lunch. A nutritionist from Health Central Hospital suggests stocking your desk with healthy essentials and offers tips for if you just can’t avoid picking up fast food.
June is when we traditionally celebrate men’s health, but we can celebrate all year long by replacing the drive-thru blues with healthier eating habits. Whether you’re working online or on the go, these tips can put you on the path to nutrition in no time.
Keep single-serve packages of crackers, fruit, peanut butter, low-sodium soup or canned tuna at your workspace for those weekday lunches at your desk. Eating on the go? Tuck portable, nonperishable foods in a tote, briefcase or backpack for a meal on the run. Try granola bars, peanut butter and crackers, fresh fruit, trail mix or single-serve packages of whole-grain cereal or crackers.
If you cannot avoid the drive-thru altogether, take these small steps toward smarter eating:
Downsize. For fewer calories and less fat, sugar or sodium, ignore super-size portions.
Color your sandwich! Add tomato, lettuce and peppers to your sandwiches.
Mind your buns. Order sandwiches with whole-wheat bread or buns.
Trimmer trimmings. Go easy on creamy spreads like mayo, tartar sauce and special sauce. Go for ketchup, mustard or barbecue sauce.
Stay side wise. Split a small order of fries or onion rings. Order a salad or go for slaw or fruit.
Sip smart. Beverages can add about 400 calories a day to a man’s diet. Instead of soda, try milk for a calcium boost, water or fruit juice.
Look for options. Try wraps or stir-fry bowls instead.
Even taking the smallest step can help you beat the drive-thru blues and work toward a healthier you.