I’m a working woman and have been trying to get fit for the last few months with moderate success. I try to get some healthy snacks for work and stock them in my desk. Sometimes I carry them from work. I’ll tell you what I do; I have the following meals for my morning and evening. I’ll divide it into three categories – which are available in the office, things which I carry every day to the office, something which I keep in my office drawer. If these things are not possible in the office, you can, of course, buy them and carry them with you if you have access to a refrigerator
Healthy Snacks For Work
Spiced buttermilk: These usually are very light and don’t have any added sugar. However, they contain added salt, so having a lot of it is not advisable as it might lead to bloating. One in a day is good for the metabolism.
Yogurt: Again, this is readily available in the office cafeteria. Again should be had in moderation; in fact, one should have all dairy products in moderation, portion control is the key. A 200g pack is good enough for the day.
Fresh Fruits: As a workout in the evening, I like loading up with carbs and energy. Having a fruit helps me to get good sugar in my body and keep me energized throughout the workout Grapes, Oranges, apple, pomegranate seeds, watermelon, or musk melon are my favorite go-to snacks.
Salad: Salads are loaded with fiber and are very good for the metabolism. There are several healthy recipes you can turn to. I usually go for a simple tomato-cucumber salad or sprouts & sprouted salad.
Fresh Fruit juice: If your objective is not weight loss, you can go for fresh juices. Avoid packaged juices as they have way too much sugar. You can buy fresh juices from the juice stalls or take it out at home and bring it to the office. It will easily last for a day, or you can even refrigerate them if you like it fresh.
Nuts: Barring peanuts, you can keep most of the dry fruits with you. My go-to nuts are almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and raisins. Eat-in moderation, 5–6 at a time are good enough.
Roasted Chickpeas: High in protein and fiber, it is another great snack option. Take one to two handfuls at a time
Few Things To Keep In Mind
Staying fit while working is difficult because of the lack of time to plan meals, but a little bit of effort will go a long way to make the process easier.
It will become more comfortable with time as you get more accustomed to it, as it did with me. Now I don’t feel the slightest bit inconvenienced in following my diet diligently. The foods will slowly become a part of your grocery shopping list, and buying them and making them will not be a worry then.
The cravings reduce drastically with time. I have found myself craving a lot less of sugary stuff and fatty snacks as I embarked upon this healthy eating journey. Now, if there are some snacks ordered in the office, I pass on them and stick to my nuts. It’s just the first month, which is confusing. It becomes so much more comfortable eventually.
Portion control is the key. I have one snack in the first category in the morning around 11–11:30, one fruit in the evening around 4–4:30. One small bowl of salad every day and 15–30 grams of the third category snacks over the day divided throughout the day (not at once). That has kept me on track in the office, and I have avoided all the junk food temptations.