Are you new to the idea of working from home? Are you struggling to get into a good routine with your food? For many of us it will take some time to get used to the working from home environment. You may find yourself constantly standing at the fridge or pantry wondering what to eat next. Without a proper routine and some planning, you may find yourself falling off the nutrition bandwagon. But fear not, today we give you our top 3 ways to ace your nutrition while working from home!
1. Plan out your meals for the week
One of the best ways to eat well during #iso is to set yourself up for success. How do you do that? By allocating time at the start of each week to plan and organise the meals you will make. This involves writing out what you would like to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also what ingredients you will need. Tip – check your pantry and what you have to make sure you aren’t doubling up when you don’t need too!
By planning your meals before-hand you know exactly what you are going to cook and what you need to buy. This can help to alleviate the stress of deciding what to put on the table when it comes to dinner time. It can also save you from just ordering some takeaway because it’s the easiest option. Planning ahead allows you to tailor your meals towards your nutrition goals and budget. A little planning really gives you the best chance of acing your nutrition throughout the week.
2. Have good snacks in the house
I mean is it just us or is the snack cupboard constantly talking to you when you’re working from home!? Fear not friends, this is a struggle too many of us face. The good news with a few nutrition strategies you can really get on top of this once and for all.
To keep your nutrition on point, aim to have some healthy snacks available. The first step here is making sure you factor this into your weekly plan and buy some when you are at the shops.
What are you looking for? Good quality protein, some colour (fruits and veg), some whole grains and some healthy fats.
What does that look like? Here are a few of our favourites
- Mezze plate – boiled egg, cheese, veggie sticks, hummus and a few nuts
- Greek yoghurt with fruit and mixed nuts
- Wholegrain crackers with ham, cheese, tomato & avocado
- Rice cakes with ricotta, berries and cinnamon
It is a really good habit to prepare some healthy snacks at the start of the day or week. Then, when you find yourself hungry you have something healthy on-hand and ready to go. Try mixing up your snacks each day to prevent yourself getting bored.
For a list of healthy snacks head to the article we wrote for you recently about best snacks to have when working from home.
3. Go to the shops with a grocery list
A great way to ace your nutrition when working from home is to make a list of the groceries that you need. This can be a piece of paper on use the notes in your phone – whatever works for you!
Completing your grocery list after mapping out your meals and snacks for the week helps give you a plan of action for your trip to the grocery store.
A grocery list will help you to fill up your trolley, and then your pantry, with nutritious foods. Plus, it will save you time when walking through the aisles and spending money you don’t need too, or prevent you from being tempted. A good tip is to try and do most of your shopping around the perimeter of the store which is where the majority of the ingredients you need (for best health) will be.
By sticking to your list, it will also prevent you from being tempted to purchase unnecessary ingredients while at the supermarket. Stocking up on healthy, nutritious foods makes it easier to stick to your nutrition goals while working from home!
To help you nail your week, click here to download our weekly meal plan and grocery list.