Here are my basic tips for having a healthy week:
1. Stock up on Sundays to set yourself up healthy lunches all week. I ALWAYS buy these staple items:
- All kinds of lettuce - I typically get a few bags of organic spinach, arugula, and kale.
- My favorite veggies for salads - cherry tomatoes, persian cucumbers, carrots.
- Beans and lentils for protein (I like to go meatless for lunch)
- TJ's shelled edamame - find it in the refrigerator section -it's cooked and ready to go... super easy!
- Hard boiled eggs
- Low-sodium turkey slices
- Nuts and dried fruit - figs, apricots, blueberries, or cranberries
- Good salad dressing - My latest favorite is Bragg's Healthy Vinaigrette
2. Always remember to get your snack on. Having small meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism going. Shoot for a 100-200 calorie snack in the morning and in the afternoon. I always go for either fruit or a half a Larabar in the morning and usually a sweet snack in the afternoon. These are my go-to's:
- ThinkThin Lean Bars (love the Salted Caramel flavor - it always cures my sweet tooth)
- 2 clementines
- Berries and a handful of almonds
- Veggies and hummus
- Coconut Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
At all times, my desk pantry is full of raw almonds, all kinds of tea and Matcha Green Tea Powder, instant steel-cut oatmeal packets, kind bars or Larabars, rice cakes and Justin's almond butter packets. That makes it pretty easy and effortless to stay healthy throughout the day. Even if you don't have a desk job, these are great things to keep in your car or in your purse so you can make healthy choices on the go!
4. Get a cute lunchbox! Lunch totes aren't just for elementary school anymore! This is mine and I LOVE it. It's made out of neoprene so it keeps everything cold and it stretches to fit any tupperware in there!
I usually try to pack my lunch 4 times a week. It's best to do it the night before so you don't oversleep and skip out on packing it in the morning. Here's a perfect example of the HIS and HERS lunches I pack for Mitch and I on a daily basis - yep, he's on a total salad-for-lunch kick right now too. It takes a little extra planning and extra groceries for both our lunches, but it's totally worth it.
MINE - arugula, spinach, edamame, cherry tomatoes, persian cucumbers, one hard-boiled egg, sliced almonds, garbanzo beans, and dried blueberries. Not pictured: 1/4 avocado and Bragg's dressing.
I know it seems like packing your lunch and snacks for work may be a lot of extra effort, but trust me, you'll feel so much better by the time Friday rolls around. Healthier, lighter, less wasted calories and more $ in your wallet! For more healthy office snacks, check out this article in Cooking Light.
Cheers to a healthy Wednesday and to me avoiding the Porto's cookies!