Tempted by junk food at the office? I hear you. I handle new products at VT, so boxes upon boxes of the latest and greatest sugary snacks arrive daily at my desk. (On top of that, a neighboring co-worker recently brought in a machine that dispenses candy when you hold your hand underneath!) Over the years, I've learned a few simple tricks to avoid gobbling every last bar and cookie that crosses my path.
1. Eat a filling breakfast Research shows that eating a protein-packed breakfast helps stave off cravings later in the day. Think tofu scrambles, Greek yogurt, nut butter on whole-grain bread, beans and brown rice, or—my favorite—a big bowl of oatmeal with lots of toppings: shredded coconut, ground flaxseeds, bananas, raisins, you name it. Not a morning person? Make no-cook chai steel-cut oats the night before.
2. Buy groceries for your office Get in the habit of stocking up on nutritious, ready-to-munch supplies meant just for your home away from home: apples, hummus, baby carrots, almond butter, unsalted nuts, edamame, and fresh berries (which, as it turns out, taste insanely delish at the office).
3. Bring on the steamed veggies Broccoli, kale, cauliflower. You probably have these veggies in your crisper, right? Steam a big Tupperware's worth of them, and bring a separate container with Annie's Goddess Dressing or another bold-flavored dip. As soon as hunger strikes, start noshing: the fiber in the veggies will fill you up, and the fat in the dip will help your body absorb the nutrients in the veggies.
4. Treat yourself Sometimes steamed veggies don't cut it. For a more decadent (but still healthy!) treat, keep an avocado handy—it's packed with hunger-quelling omega-3 fatty acids. Slice it open, drizzle with lemon juice, sprinkle with sea salt, and dig in.
What are your tried-and-true ways to eat healthier at the office? Share below!