Healthy on-the-go Part 2: Work Pantry

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Foods to keep at work for healthy meals and snacks.

Eating well at work is tricky business. 

Are you ever so busy that you don't have time - or forget - to eat?

Or how about those slow days when the afternoon drags, making the m&m dish sooooo hard to resist?!

The key to eating well at work is being prepared (aka, meal planning).

But you don't have to make a plan every day. You can do things a little more on the fly if you create a desk drawer pantry!

Step one: clear out a desk drawer. This is your new work pantry! 

Now, if you're lucky enough to have a kitchen at work, with a fridge and freezer, you now must get in the habit of stocking a few things there. Make sure it's properly labeled, and you'll be good to go.

Step two: go buy the items on the list below to stock your desk pantry and your fridge/freezer.

DESK DRAWER PANTRY

  • Jar of coconut oil
  • Old fashioned rolled oats
  • Jar of almond butter or peanut butter (organic, natural)
  • Raw nuts
  • Unsweetened dried fruit
  • Canned, wild caught tuna and sardines 
  • Canned chickpeas
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • White wine vinegar (use in recipes that call for lemon juice when you inevitably forget your lemon)
  • Amy's organic soup

FRIDGE/FEEZER ITEMS

  • Ezekial bread
  • Frozen edamame
  • Kombucha
  • Sparkling water
  • Carrots and celery
  • 1 bunch of collard greens (buy one bunch at the beginning of the week)
  • Lemons
  • Apples

What you can make

SNACKS

  1. Sparkling water with a lemon wedge: often when we get a craving or want a snack, we are really just dehydrated. Try drinking more water, or switch to sparkling water for a little fiz action, which seems to perk us up mid-afternoon.
     
  2. Kombucha: when sparkling water isn't doing it, turn to kombucha, which contains important probiotics and has appetite suppressing qualities. 
     
  3. Hot water with a scoop of coconut oil. For real. The healthy fats will keep you satiated, your brain fueled and your blood sugar stable. You can also add coconut oil to tea or coffee (only 1 cup in the morning babe!)
     
  4. Thaw out a cup of edamame, drizzle with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of sea salt for a yummy, protein packed snack.
     
  5. Slice up an apple, carrots and celery to eat with almond butter.
     
  6. Raw nuts - plain or with dried fruit (mango is my fav).

MEALS

  1. Mash up 1/2 can of chickpeas in a bowl with a few glugs of olive oil  (don't be shy, the healthy fats help keep you going!), a squeeze of lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper. Eat in a collard leaf for a quick, energizing lunch. 
     
  2. Mix canned tuna or sardines (crazy good for you, get on board now!) with olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper. Eat in a collard leaf wrap for a brain powered lunch. 
  3. In a bowl, combine 1/2 c. oats, 1 scoop of almond butter, and a handful of dried fruit with 1 c. piping hot water. Stir until the oats absorb with water, and say goodbye to nasty instant oatmeal for good. 
     
  4. Warm up a can of Amy's organic soups when you're really in pinch, it's the best canned soup option. 
     
  5. Toast with almond butter, or a PB and sliced apple sandwich. 
     
  6. Make a salad: chop up your chard leaves, mix with chickpea, sardines, carrots and celery. Top with olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper.
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