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How to eat healthy from 9 to 5

Between rushed mornings, mid-day meetings and commuting it can be hard to eat well at work. Eating well is the best way to boost concentration, productivity and also help you avoid taking sick days by keeping you healthy overall. Here are some tips to help inspire you to eat better from 9-5.

Healthy eating tips for each part of your workday:

  • Don't skip it!

  • If you have time for the drive-thru you probably have time to put together a quick healthy bite.

  • Get it ready the night before. Spend a couple extra minutes the night before preparing a meal so in the morning you can grab and go.

  • Keep it balanced!  The best breakfast contains carbohydrates, protein and fibre to give you the boost you need to stay alert.

  • Cap the coffee. Too much caffeine can lead to less sleep, jitters and upset stomach. Try replacing the second cup with water, which can help you feel just as energized.

  • If you're bored with lunch try reinventing dinner leftovers. Chicken from the night before can become a delicious healthy wrap with tortillas and some veggies.

  • If you didn't have time to make a lunch pick wisely from the cafeteria or food court by going with something green or making alternate choices like brown rice instead of white.

  • Eating out for lunch? Try downsizing, going for the salad side instead of fries or choosing something that's baked, broiled or grilled instead of fried.

  • Don't get too saucy! The worst part of a salad is the dressing which can add a lot of fat, calories and sodium. Put dressing on the side and use just enough for flavour.

  • There's a big difference between a snack and a treat, so don't fill up on treats before dinner. You can nurture your sweet craving by dipping some fruit in yogurt or munching on trail mix.

  • If you find yourself getting tired and hungry on the commute home stay hydrated with some water or tea. Fill your hunger void with a small snack like trail mix, a muffin or some veggies and dip.

  • If you feel rushed making dinner try keeping it simple. Stir frys, omelettes, pastas or quesadillas are quick healthy meals ideas that you can make in a flash.

  • Think ahead! At the beginning of the week chop all your veggies and plan out your meals that way when you get home everything is ready to be tossed on a pan or in the oven.

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