Working from home can lead to tons of new adjustments in your work life, personal life and even your eating habits. One moment you’re on a zoom conference call, and the next you find yourself grazing through random snacks in your pantry.
While the WFH life can definitely seem like a dream (no commute, flexible hours, and only dressing up from the top up), it can also disrupt your healthy eating routine. With proper planning, you can take control of your eating habits and still maintain your health goals.
We partnered with Registered Dietician, Gal Shua-Haim (MS, RD) to bring you five of our favorite healthy snacking tips while working from home.
1. Focus on variety
Combining fiber, fats and protein will help stabilize your blood sugar, keeping you satisfied until your main meal. Focus on incorporating at least two of the three food groups, like pairing a hard boiled egg with Almond Flour Crackers, or an apple with peanut butter.
2. Plan ahead
When you’re planning your grocery list for the week, think of a few snacks that would be convenient to have on hand, like fresh fruit, single serve cheese packs, yogurt cups and mixed nuts. Mixing plain yogurt with fresh fruit will provide protein and fiber, and takes minimal effort to throw together!
3. Pack your snacks in advance
It may seem like working from home gives you more flexibility with meals but, more often than not, you’ll find yourself either too busy to eat, or reach a point where you’re so hungry that you start grazing mindlessly.
Packing your snacks in advance, as though you were going into an office, can help you save time and snack healthfully. Fill small containers with pre-cut vegetables and your favorite dips, like hummus or guacamole, or meal-prep a freezer-friendly snack, like these chocolate chip energy bites, to keep on hand!
4. Be mindful - schedule a snack break
Working from home may disrupt your normal eating routines, but scheduling snack breaks ahead of time can help keep you on track.
If your schedule permits, block off a 5-10 minute snack break, 1-2 times a day. This will give you more structure with your meals throughout the day and allow you to snack mindfully without needing to multitask.
5. Include fun snacks
Every week, try buying 1-2 new “fun foods” to include in your snacking routine that’ll help keep things exciting. This could be anything from chocolate covered pretzels to cheese crackers, or whatever sounds good while shopping! Pair them with a source of protein, like a serving of nuts, to help get that perfect balance.
Snacking from home doesn’t need to be complicated. Applying even a couple of these tips can help keep you on track with your meals and ensure a better workflow. Remember to keep your snacks bright, keep them light and switch things up. Happy snacking, friends!
About the RD
Gal Shua-Haim, MS, RD
Gal is a registered dietitian and recipe developer who loves creating simple, nutritious recipes to share on her blog. She aims to make healthy eating approachable to all, while sharing recipes that are primarily plant-forward and gluten-free.
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