When we’re in a hurry, it’s all too easy to grab the wrong thing. But with just a little planning, you can eat healthfully and still not spend a lot of time preparing. When you want a quick snack to have handy in the office or on the go, try these:
- Light mozzarella stick and an apple
- Unsalted nuts and orange sections
- Popcorn sprinkled with parmesan cheese
- Whole grain crackers and peanut butter
- Granola bar or trail mix
- Baby carrots and hummus
- Sliced cucumbers and cheese
Business travel and eating out can also present challenges, but with a little thought you can make good choices at most restaurants. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Choose foods with descriptions that usually mean “lower fat”: baked, broiled, grilled, roasted, boiled, steamed, poached.
- Avoid foods with terms that usually mean “higher fat”: fried, battered, crunchy, crispy, creamy, gravy, buttered, cheese sauce.
- Instead of ordering a meal, order a healthy appetizer or two.
- Split an entrée or large sandwich with someone else—or take half home for another time. Ask your server to wrap up half the portion before you even start eating so you won’t be tempted to finish it all.
- Order smaller portions—a child’s meal or regular meal may be all you really need. Don’t super-size it!
- Look for the healthy options in fast-food restaurants, such as salads and grilled meats.
- Ask if substitutions are allowed. For example, you may be able to order a vegetable instead of French fries.
Eating on the run can still be nourishing. Just be sure to “refuel” often. If you let yourself get too hungry, all those good intentions and willpower may go out the window!
To provide employees with additional resources for good nutrition, employers can partner with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) vendor that provides a wellness program. MHN, Health Net, Inc.’s behavioral health subsidiary, offers a wellness program that is included with its standard EAP – not an optional extra. MHN’s integrated wellness services consist of personal wellness coaching (for weight management, nutrition, exercise, and more), health assessments and an interactive wellness portal with tools and trackers, videos, and online seminars.
This article is for informational and self-help purposes only. It should not be treated as a substitute for financial, medical, psychiatric, psychological, or behavioral health care advice, or as a substitute for consultation with a qualified professional.
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