Healthy Eating at Your Desk
Whether you’re saving money or saving time, bringing your lunch to work is smart. And you can make it even better by making it healthier.
No need to rush out to the closest fast-food place or to grab something from the vending machine. Just try some of these ideas.
If you tend to run late in the morning, pack your lunch the night before. You can:
Toss a pasta salad. Mix a whole-grain pasta with lean meat or low-fat cheese and vegetables. At lunchtime, drizzle light vinaigrette over it.
Pack a pita. Fill the pocket of a whole-grain pita with chicken, lean meat, vegetables, low-fat cream cheese, and dark green lettuce.
Bring a burrito. Miniburritos with rice and black beans can be microwaved and ready in a minute or less.
Choose a smoothie. Blend fruits with low-fat or soy yogurt or juice. Make enough for several days at one time and keep cold with a reusable ice pack.
Wrap it up. High-fiber, multigrain tortillas are a great way to contain healthy fillings. Try tomatoes, shredded lettuce, low-fat cheese, and homemade hummus (chickpea mixture).
Top it off
Add in a little something for a healthy dessert, or some snacks to get you through the afternoon (or working late):
Baby carrots, celery sticks, apple slices with yogurt dip
Homemade trail mix with dried cranberries or raisins
Single-portion cups of unsweetened applesauce
Just make sure that your packed lunch, snacks and all, is within your calorie count—so you don’t have to stop work to do math.
Diet and nutrition plans are different for different people. So be sure to discuss your diet with your doctor first