Snack Smart From Home
Working from home has its challenges; distractions seem to have multiplied, and the communication and collaboration you were used to in person might be just a little bit harder these days. But another, unexpected challenge is that it can be tempting to snack in between calls when your fridge is a few feet away from your desk. But you don’t have to fear the Quarantine Fifteen, because snacking in moderation is a fantastic way to fuel our bodies and minds, and we’re going to give you some simple tips to level up your daily snacking game.
TIP #1 Quality Over Quantity
Choosing quality snacks is key to avoid over-snacking. The first step is getting rid of all the junk food. If you don’t have junk food in the house, you can’t see it and be tempted. Instead, stock up on wholesome snacks that leave you feeling satisfied. Snacks that combine carbohydrates and protein, like trail mixes, can be a healthy snack option during the day. Trail mixes can be a great option if you’re craving something salty and sweet, because they’re packed with healthy fats and protein. But it’s important to read nutritional labels to find trail mixes that aren’t loaded with sweetened dried fruits or other added sugars like chocolate. Fruit For Thought is a great option that doesn’t contain preservatives or added sugar, and it offers three different trail mix flavors: Power Mix, Social Mix, and Market Mix. Buying fruits and veggies are always a great option too.
TIP #2 Check The Serving Size
Another tip on snacking smart during the day is to pay attention to portions. Many snacks are packed in bags with multiple servings, but it can be easy to eat them all in one sitting. Instead, look for snacks that are pre-packed in individual servings or to divide out larger bags of snacks into single-serving portions. This includes fresh fruits or veggies you want to snack on during the week. Set aside time during the week to cut them up and pack them into containers so they’re ready to go when you get a midday snack craving!
Tip #3 Practice Mindful EatingWhen you’re at home working all day, it can be easy to mindlessly munch on snacks without paying attention to how much you’ve eaten, and a few calories here and there will add up over time. Instead, store snacks in the kitchen or pantry, and not on your desk. Following the “no eating at the desk” rule works. Additionally, consider the placement of these healthy snacks in your fridge or pantry. Place healthy snacks front and center and hide less-than-stellar snack options in places that are harder to see or reach.