We are what we eat and if we eat fresh, nutritious foods, then we’ll be healthier and happier employees. With the stresses of many modern workplaces, eating healthy isn’t always a priority, but it should be.

Why should you eat well at work?

The answer may seem obvious, but how you eat at work could have more of an impact than you think. Opting for foods high in sugar or saturated fat at lunch might give you an immediate energy boost, but this will be shortly followed by a serious crash, leaving you lethargic and unproductive.

In addition, you might be eating two or three meals a day, five days a week at work, so your nutritional habits in the workplace will have a significant impact on your physical appearance, weight and wellbeing. Getting used to choosing healthier, balanced options will reduce the likelihood of weight gain or illness and will keep you feeling confident in yourself and your work.

There are a number of ways you can promote healthy eating at work

1. Keep healthy snacks on hand

We all need a pick-me-up later in the day, but this mid-afternoon energy boost doesn’t have to come at the expense of good nutrition. Instead of candy, chocolate or chips, keep dried fruit, nuts and seeds handy for employees. These keep you full for longer and provide a slower, longer energy release, eliminating the post-sugar crash.

2. Prepare your lunch the night (or the weekend) before

Prepare your food in advance by organizing the right portions in single containers for each meal. This way, you know exactly how much you’re eating. It might seem simple, but meal preparation equates to meal awareness, which makes all the difference between adequate nutrition and mindful nutrition. Of all the ways to be healthier at work, this one is the best! Plus, prepping meals at home will save you loads of cash!

3. If you do eat out, choose the healthier option

Convenience doesn’t always have to be unhealthy. When going out for lunch, try to choose healthier, more nutritious options, as tempting as that greasy kebab might be! This does not always have to be salad. In fact, we are actually not the biggest fans of plain salad as a meal. You still need all your nutrients so opt for something like a low carb wrap. Think grilled chicken, avo, feta, baby spinach and tell them to swap the mayo for basil pesto #winning

Let’s recap:

A little effort can go a long way. Making small changes to your workday nutrition could improve your energy levels, increase productivity and keep that mid-afternoon slump at bay, no caffeine needed. Whether you’re an employer or employee, try implementing some of these ideas into your daily working life and see the difference for yourself.


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