Happy New Year!

Still feeling full from Christmas lunch? Overdid it a little on the trifle?

It’s sometimes hard to avoid your favourite treats during the festive season, but the New Year is always a good time to make some positive changes to our lifestyles.

And since the workplace is where you likely spend most of your time, let’s start there!

As we get stuck into the daily grind that work can sometimes be, it can be tough to reintroduce healthy habits. Without well-balanced meals or enough water, you may feel “meh” (that’s what the kids today say to describe that sapped and sluggish feeling, when it’s difficult to concentrate).

Your diet can directly affect your work performance so it is vital that you create a healthy food environment. It all comes down to a little bit of planning.

Here are 6 healthy habits to introduce at work
1.Fuel right
Start your day off the right way with a steady source of energy-rich foods. Mom was right, folks: breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Energy-rich foods include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats. By fuelling your body correctly, not only will you be energised throughout the day, you will also get the correct nutrition necessary for long term health and wellness.
2.Start a breakfast bar at work
Another healthy habit is to bring healthy breakfast options to keep at work to help you make healthier food choices. So when that niggly craving hits you around 10am you’ll be ready for it. You know the one we’re talking about… The “Oh my goodness, I’m so hungry I could eat a horse”-type craving. Those are the worst. Think about bringing granola, oatmeal and various seed mixes and yoghurt to keep at work for when that pesky hunger pang strikes.

For a delicious no-bake chewy snack bar recipe, click here.

3.Don’t ignore your hunger
“Maybe if I ignore it, it will go away…”

Not quite.

Ignoring your growling stomach for long periods of time is a terrible habit. You’ll eventually be absolutely ravenous, reaching for any type of food to satisfy you – and it’s usually the junk. While fast foods and junk foods may ‘fill the gap’, they are filled with empty calories that are pumped with salt, sugar and low quality fats and proteins which usually make you feel sluggish. Make a point to take your lunch hour and eat mindfully. That means away from your desk, not checking emails and talking about work.

4.Pack your own lunch
When you make dinner tonight, make a little extra that you can bring to work tomorrow.

This way you know exactly what you are eating and have provided a little more forethought into what you are fueling your body with.

Plus – you’re making two meals in one go – fantastic!

Try our delicious Thai Crunch Salad with Dried Mango, Coconut and Peanut Butter Dressing recipe

5. Snack on nuts
Nuts are packed with fibre, unsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids. These incredible vitamins and minerals will make you feel full for longer. Nuts can be an inexpensive snack that is easy to store at your desk or slide into your bag as you leave the house in the morning. Take care; some nuts are high in calories so it is important to limit portion sizes and your daily intake. What’s even better, because you are kept full for longer, you will also eat less. Go nuts!
6.Stay hydrated
Often when we still feel hungry after a meal, we are actually just thirsty. Make sure you have a bottle of water on your desk at all times to stay hydrated. Try and drink water in between meals to avoid the temptation to snack. Staying hydrated will also help you avoid headaches, chronic fatigue and will keep you focused on your work for longer periods of time.

Healthy habits will help you stay full of energy for the entire day – make today a productive one!

Choose from a wide range of dried fruits, nuts, seeds and biltong from your local Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts to not only keep you full and satisfied throughout the day, but also to help you support a healthier lifestyle. Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts stocks so many quick and easy snacks to munch on as you get through the ‘daily grind’.

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