Round Out Your Lunch
This time of year often leads to some creative scheduling and unusual hours due to holiday traveling and events. This can also lead to less-than-ideal snacking and dining habits if you’re not careful, so focus on these four areas this year to avoid pitfalls and round out your lunch.
Energy is essential when you’re constantly running around trying to get everything done, and protein is the best way to give your body long-lasting energy. Sugar and carbs can provide short-term energy, but protein will provide sustainable energy to keep you going throughout the day. Grab some peanuts or almonds from your vending machine for a portable protein-packed snack.
It’s cold and flu season, so make sure you consume plenty of vitamin C to help your body fight off illness. Fresh fruits like oranges are packed with vitamin C, and natural juices and fruit snacks without added sugar are portable, often fat-free, and full of additional vitamins and minerals. All of these items are often available and conveniently located in your Avenue C market.
Fiber helps keep your digestive system in good working order to convert food into energy and keep you going strong. Fresh green salads and apples are good sources of fiber that are often available in grab-and-go coolers in our cafes, and many nutrition bars are also convenient sources of fiber for on-the-go snacking.
Heart health is important for everyone, and whole-grain snacks help improve heart health while providing lasting energy. Nutrition experts recommend eating 48 grams or more of whole grains each day, so pick up a whole-grain cereal or snack bar during your next visit to the break room.