It’s sounds cliché, but it’s true — you are what you eat. If you’re fueling your body with the wrong foods, you’re likely having trouble keeping your energy levels up throughout your shift.
Unhealthy options like pizza and fast food might be easy and taste great, but they’ll do the opposite of boosting your productivity. The good news is, eating for energy isn’t as hard as you might think.
Ready to change your eating habits for the better? Here’s some advice to help you make choices that allow you to have more energy.
Four Tips to Eat for Productivity
Don’t Skip Breakfast
It’s the most important meal of the day for a reason. If you’re not a breakfast person or simply don’t leave enough time in the morning to eat, you’re starting the day off on the wrong foot.
Of course, not all breakfasts offer equal benefits. Unhealthy options like sugary cereals and breakfast pastries might give you an initial jolt, but you’ll quickly crash. Instead, opt for wholesome foods like oatmeal, a wholegrain bagel, Greek yogurt and berries or scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast.
Feeding your body right in the morning will set you up for a successful day.
Pack a Healthy Lunch
Packing a lunch for work is the best choice for both your budget and your diet. Since this gives you complete control over what you eat, you’re able to ensure you’re making healthy choices.
Some options might be a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with a side of fruit, a grilled chicken salad or even leftovers from last night’s healthy dinner.
Order Lunch Out Wisely
If you do choose to go out, try to figure out where you’ll go well before lunch time, so you can look at the menu and plan what you’ll order before you’re hungry. This will allow you to be more objective with your choice, because you can focus on what’s healthy instead of what your hungry eyes want you to order.
Bring Wholesome Snacks
Chances are, the snacks in the breakroom vending machine aren’t that healthy. In the moment, a bag of chips or a candy bar will undoubtedly taste great. However, you’ll soon crash from these foods, leaving you both tired and hungry.
Avoid this by stocking your locker with wholesome foods like nuts, granola bars, trail mix, peanut butter crackers and dark chocolate. These snacks will give you an energy boost and fill you up, so you can go back to work and be seriously productive.
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