The Remote Worker’s Guide to Eating Your Way to Productivity

April 1, 2022

As a born-remote company, OnTheGoSystems may not have an office kitchen (or an office for that matter). That doesn’t mean we don’t understand the importance of staying healthy in the workplace.

You’ve probably heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But it turns out that eating healthy isn’t just good for your body – it’s also beneficial for your mind.

A healthy diet is known to reduce the risk of illnesses like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Additionally, studies have shown that employees with an unhealthy diet are 66% more likely to experience a loss of productivity compared to those who make healthy choices.

Remote Work and The Munchies

Working remotely has its fair share of benefits, but the constant access to the fridge and your kitchen pantry can prove to be a problem. Amidst the array of meetings to attend and deadlines to meet, it can be difficult to find the time to prepare a healthy, balanced meal. And while munching on your favorite chips may seem like a good idea, there’s a good chance they’ll leave you feeling “hangry” and sluggish.

Introducing just a few small changes to your diet can:

  • Improve your focus 
  • Keep you energized through your workday
  • Reduce stress levels

Healthy Foods To Fuel The Mind

Contrary to what some people think, a healthy diet should be composed of more than just fruits and vegetables. A combination of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats can help you stay productive and boost your energy levels.

While there are a lot of snacking options out there, it can be difficult to find the ones that are both healthy and easy to prepare.

To make things easier, we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of nutritious, ready-to-eat foods you can nibble on when working from home:

Almonds 

Forget chips and other salty, fried snacks. These tasty nuts offer the same level of crunch and additionally are protein-dense and loaded with vitamins. They’re also known to improve digestion, prevent cognitive decline, and strengthen immunity. 

Dark Chocolate

This option is sure to be a favorite for anyone with a sweet tooth. Dark chocolate is high in magnesium, fiber, copper and manganese. When eaten in moderation, it can boost your mood and improve your concentration. 

Veggie Sticks

Veggies are not only nutrient rich – they’re also known to boost immune function. Try munching on some raw carrots, cucumbers, or bell peppers. If you’re a fan of dipping sauces, pair your veggies with a portion of hummus!

Berries

It really doesn’t matter if you prefer blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries. Berries in general are high in fiber, antioxidants and minerals that can boost your memory and reduce inflammation. They’ll also provide you with a major dose of vitamin C.

Avocados

Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats and have been found to support heart health. They’re also versatile, so you can prepare them according to your preferences. Mix them with lime, onion and cilantro to make a guacamole-style dip for your veggie sticks. Or, slice them and pair them with a serving of whole-grain crackers.

Whole-grain crackers

If you’re looking to curb any unhealthy cravings, whole-grain or multi-grain crackers are a filling and healthy option. They’re also a great source of complex carbohydrates and fibers. If you need to add some flavor, consider pairing them with peanut butter or cottage cheese.

Final Food For Thought

The next time you’re looking for a midday snack, try any of the healthy food options listed above. Having healthy snacks on hand is a great way to stay energized and productive. Long-term, your body and mind will thank you for decreasing the risk of diseases. 

See What Working Remotely Is All About

Here at OnTheGoSystems, we’re always looking for outstanding, passionate, and talented people to join our team. If that sounds like you, don’t hesitate any longer – apply today! We’re currently looking for a Senior Developer and a Customer Retention Specialist.