Eating healthy can be hard at times. You've decided you're going to eat healthy but what do you do during office hours when those cravings start to kick in? You can't carry your lunch, your laptop and 5 other little snacks. What you can do is make sure the office pantry is stocked with healthy staples that you can use to assist your healthy diet. Healthy meals will get you through the long office hours will benefit you massively. It will boost your energy levels, stabilize your mood, keep your body healthy obviously and ultimately boost productivity.
Here's a list of 10 healthy staples that should be on your shopping list:
Fresh veggies should be an important part of your diet. They are a rich source of vitamins and many nutrients that your body needs. Broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potato and carrots are some the ones you want in your pantry staples. They provide potassium that helps maintain healthy blood pressure. They provide the fibre that helps reduce cholesterol levels. They also provide various important vitamins such as vitamins A, E and C. Raid the grocery store for veggies the next time you're there.
Eggs are incredibly nutritious. They contain loads of high-quality protein. The egg white contains most of the protein in the egg and lesser fat than the yolk as well. Egg whites contain Vitamin B2 as well. Eggs also give you selenium, vitamin D, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Eggs are rich in minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Egg yolks contain more fat but are a great source of vitamins A, K, D and E. You can simply boil the eggs or make an omelette or even scramble them. Boiled eggs are the most nutritious option though.
Oatmeal is incredibly nutritious and very easy to make as well. Oats are a whole grain food and are incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. They help in weight loss, lowing sugar levels and reducing risk of heart disease. They are very easy to make as well. All you need to do is boil the oats in water or milk and make a porridge out of it. You can garnish it with a few basic ingredients like dried fruit, spices, coconut or use almond milk instead of regular milk while boiling them.
Both white rice and brown rice are rich in carbohydrates so rice is a great source of energy for the long day. White rice is rich in minerals such as iron and calcium. Brown rice is very rich in fibre. Brown rice contains a lower amount of saturated fat and cholesterol so is even healthier. Making lemon rice or tomato rice isn't the hardest. Making fried rice is easy as well if you have the time. All you need is some chopped up veggies, soy sauce or hot sauce and olive oil.
Fruits are probably the most healthy snack to munch on. Pack your pantry with bananas, apples, oranges, strawberries and other fruits. Fruits contain very little carbs, are rich in vitamins and help build immunity. You can even use them to make your other meals tastier or as dessert.
Peanut butter is rich in healthy carbs, is great for your heart and is very filling. It is great for your bowel health, your bones, your muscles and is also very rich in antioxidants. Another great thing about peanut butter is how easy it is to make dishes with. All you need is some whole wheat bread or brown bread and you can make yourself a peanut butter sandwich. Peanut butter sandwiches are perfect if you are looking for a quick breakfast.
Beans are a good source of protein and contain several vital vitamins and antioxidants. They are also great for your metabolism and reduce the risk of diabetes. So stock your pantry with black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, lima beans and other kinds of beans. You can use them to make wraps, rolls, in your burritos or even in your rice.
Canned fish and canned tuna are a good source of protein. You can add them to salads or rice or even make sandwiches out of them. Canned coconut milk is good to have in your pantry as well. You can use it to make curry or add it to soup. You can even make desserts that are dairy free with it. Canned beans are very popular as well.
Healthy oils and seasonings
Load up on olive oil, avocado oil, sesame oil and coconut oil. You can use them not only to cook different dishes but also as salad dressings or to flavour grilled vegetables. Make sure you a good choice of seasonings as well to add extra flavour to your food whenever you need it. Pepper, sugar, salt, oregano, dried onions, coriander, garlic powder, curry powder, chilli powder are the essentials.
Low-fat dairy products
Stock up on low-fat ice cream, yogurt, milkshakes and any other dairy product you want. Dairy products are very rich in calcium but also contain a lot of fat. To make sure you have a balanced pantry you'll want to get some of these in your pantry.
Get these 10 essential healthy staples into your office pantry for a healthier lifestyle. Ditch your junk food cravings for healthy food through the day!