March is Nutrition Month in Canada. The goal of this month is to raise public awareness of the importance of healthy eating. This month, we are highlighting ways to improve your workplace wellbeing by sharing healthy recipes, tips and practices.
Tip 1: Breakfast doesn’t have to be a chore
Whether you are a late riser, have to get the kids dressed for school, or often get caught up in your other morning routines, breakfast is often not on the top of your priority list. Eating breakfast is known to have many health benefits and can help you be more productive during your workday. For easy ways to make eating breakfast possible on busy workdays, try the ideas below!
- Prep “make-ahead and freeze” breakfasts. Avoid the morning breakfast panic by simply throwing the frozen portions into the microwave to reheat.
- Eat leftovers for breakfast. Not only do you get to eat a delicious breakfast, but you also get to prevent leftovers from going to waste!
- Make breakfast portable. If you don’t have time to eat at home, the bus, train, or at work are all excellent options for ensuring that you get your morning nutrients.
Tip 2: Pack smarter lunches
Packing your own lunch saves you money, and it helps you in making healthier and smarter food choices. Check out these simple ideas to make the process as smooth as possible.
- Sandwiches are simple and effective. Find out how to keep your sandwiches interesting.
- Consider meal prepping. Taking the time to prepare a few lunches in advance can save you from stress and spending money at the food establishments at your workplace.
- Leftovers – the ultimate lunch hack. Consider putting your dinner leftovers in containers the night before work so that all you have to do is put the container in your lunch bag on your way out the next morning. Time-saving and delicious!
Tip 3: Snack like you mean it
Snacking can help decrease hunger between meals and give you the extra boost of energy that you might need to make it through the afternoon lull. While the concept of snacking is easy, choosing healthy snacks can be quite challenging1. For some basic guidelines on what types of snacks to eat during the workday, continue reading:
- Consider snacks that are high in dietary fibre. Eating foods with fibre can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and even some types of cancer2.
- Make veggies and dip your opportunity to eat the suggested serving of vegetables according to Canada’s food guide.
- Stock up on snacks for every situation. Depending on what your workday looks like, choose healthy snacks you could keep within an easy reach.
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