By Dr. Javier Sosa

One of the most important habits to maintaining good health is a consistent, balanced diet. If you work a busy schedule, then it can be difficult to find the time to prepare healthy meals. It is also easy to fall into the habit of visiting fast food restaurants for your lunch break. Accumulated fast food lunch breaks can eventually affect your long-term health goals. There are many solutions to help you make it easier to pack healthy lunches to work. Here are several ways to prepare a convenient and healthy lunch to fit your daily work schedule while maintaining your health goals.

Choose Healthy Snack Alternatives 

In past years, there were few options available when it comes to choosing a healthy snack. However, you do not have to skip snacks at all to retain a healthy eating schedule at work. Choose snacks that have low-calorie counts, carbohydrates, and sugar content. To get access to healthier snack options, you can try stores such as Trader Joe’s or local farmer’s markets.

Prioritize Veggies over Chips 

Junk food cravings can occur, but do not let them influence your packed lunch selection. Instead of grabbing chips from the store shelves, go to the vegetables and fruit snacks section and buy a boxed pack of healthy snacks. Many stores offer vegetables and fruits sliced into bite-sized pieces. These packages offer good convenience for you to bring to the office. If you need a snack to add to your vegetable or fruit pack, you can obtain these bite-size pieces as a healthy substitute for chips.

Prepare Your Meals the Night Prior to Work 

The night before work is a good time to prepare healthy meals that require extra cooking. Instead of using pre-packed ingredients to bring to work, spend the night preparing them so they can be ready to go the next morning. In addition, having your lunch prepared the night before work leaves you more time to commute without spending unnecessary time preparing it in the morning.

Use Foods from Properly Stored Spaces 

When it comes to preparing lunches, choosing foods stored in properly secured spaces is important. If you are preparing foods with perishable ingredients, then make sure they have been stored in areas that best preserve their freshness. You can also carry an insulated lunch box to transport your food safely to work. If you live more than 30 minutes away from the office, then bring a container to help keep your packed food cool. An ice pack or cooling tray can also be helpful in keeping your foods fresh while you commute to work.

The work lunch is an opportunity to break away from your tasks and re-fuel for the rest of the day. However, some foods are better for both productivity and health. It may be convenient to go to a fast-food restaurant to spend your lunch. But packing your lunch through the practices outlined can help you eat healthier consistently throughout your work week. With a better eating routine at work, it can be easier to stay committed to your diet and health goals. Consider adding these practices into your work lunch routine so you can enjoy a better level of well-being overall.

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