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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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