When deciding to eat out for lunch, the majority of us will have the best intentions and choose a tasty, looking salad. Having a plate full of vegetables is obviously a great choice, however, it’s what you decide to have with your veggies that can actually turn your would be healthy lunch into a plate full of fat or sugar. Want Some Advice? Replace those croutons for almonds or sunflower seeds that are packed full of protein and healthy fats. As for the dressing, avoid anything that says ‘fat-free’ as it will be loaded with sugar. Instead, opt for some avocado or olive oil to drizzle over your salad for a much healthier dish.
To dieters, these buffets are generally a nightmare. Portion control? Forget it! The key concept to eating at one of these restaurants is to put as much on your plate as you can, and eat until you’re fit to drop. However, usually right at the very end, away from all the delicious meat/fish and sauce and fried dishes, there are a selection of salads and vegetables. Note that the more colourful, the better. First fill your plate with these dishes, then move onto the meats/fishes and take only a small portion of these to try.
We’ve all been in the situation at work where we are starving but it’s too early to eat lunch, and we left our healthy snack at home. The only option to keep the entire office from hearing your stomach roar in fits of hunger, is to grab something from the vending machine down the hall. However, I sincerely advise you to resist the calling from those sugary and salty treats. Once you’ve wolfed them down, yes, you’ll feel alert and awake, but then it won’t take long before they bring you back to earth with a thud and you’ll feel much more tired and hungry than you did before you ate them. Instead, make sure that at the beginning of the week you load your desk drawer with snacks such as nuts, fruit and snack bars to avoid such a catastrophic situation.
Who doesn’t love a good barbecue? Those who are on a diet perhaps? Don’t fear, just because you are trying to lose weight, doesn’t mean that you can’t join in with the fun and eat good food too. Choose a turkey or veggie burger rather than a hamburger and opt for a whole grain bun teamed with plenty of lettuce and tomatoes, onions and mustard as a condiment instead of mayo or ketchup.
We all love a good party, but for those of us who are trying to stick to a healthy diet; we need to keep in a few factors when it comes to choosing our drinks. If you think choosing a delicious fruit cocktail won’t add much to your calorie count, you’d be wrong. Instead, opt for vodka or gin with some sparkling water and a splash of fruit juice. If you’re a wine lover, then mix half a glass of wine with some sparkling water and add a slice of fruit to add some flavor. As for the nibbles, try to eat before you go to the party so you won’t be tempted to fill up on the goodies that are on offer. If you are the host, try to offer snacks such as popcorn, chicken skewers and almonds as these will fill your guests and you up nicely.
Sometimes, a stop for fast food breakfast on the way to work is needed if you haven’t had chance to eat at home. If this is the case, choose a high protein option such as egg on a wholemeal muffin with a side of fruit. Or opt for porridge with nuts and dried fruit. If you feel as though you MUST have some caffeine, make sure it’s a black coffee.
Rather than a coffee, many people will opt for a fruit smoothie as they believe they are a much better option. However, most of these smoothies are packed full of sugar which usually comes from the fruit juice base. Some cafes now offer ‘light’ smoothies, but make sure these aren’t filled with artificial sweeteners. The protein ones are slightly healthier as there is less sugar in them, so try to order one of these if possible. If all else fails and you NEED that smoothie, then order a small so that you are minimising the amount of sugar you have, yet still get your smoothie fix.
Just because you’re trying to be good doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy something sweet after your meal. Simply make sure that you stick to a fruit based dessert. There are many of these on the market now and many recipes are very simple to make if you are hosting a dinner party.
Going to a local coffee shop for a brew is now a very popular socialising event. However, when you get there, do you feel you have to order a coffee simply because you’re at a ‘coffee shop?’ Of course not! The menus have a wide selection of both hot and cold drinks and generally cater for many different diets. You can order a black coffee without sugar, a green tea, a sparkling water, smoothies, and many more. Also, now, you can have your coffee made to order, meaning you can change the amount of coffee added, no syrup, etc. So don’t feel that you have to say no to going along to your local coffee shop, as there are now many options for a healthy, low calorie beverage.
How many times have you been in the car either on your way to work or to a meeting, pulled up to the petrol station or newsagents and suddenly needed something to eat? Too many to count? You’re not alone. While these small stores are beginning to show signs of selling some healthy snacks, currently the ones they do sell say, ‘low in fat’ or ‘fat-free’. Any foods that advertise this are very high in sugar and should therefore be avoided. Instead, see if they sell some small packets of fruit, plain popcorn, protein bars or plain Greek yogurt.
Choosing what to eat for lunch at work and which snacks to take to get you through the day, can be quite a difficult task when you’re trying to lose weight or even just sticking to a healthy eating regime. More often than not, temptations are put in our way to throw us off track, especially when we’re surrounded by those colleagues who are not on a diet, whether it be in the office, going out for lunch, or during office social events. Don’t beat yourself up if you’ve fallen off the wagon and given into those delicious sweet treats that have been offered around; we’ve all been there. But how do you pick yourself back up after this lapse and choose what to do and what not to do? Well here are the top 10 traps we all fall for and some genius little ways of avoiding them.