For those of us who spend most of the day in the office (or nowadays, on the couch with a laptop) it can be hard enough just to put down the potato chips, let alone get our steps in. Did you know that 61% of Americans have reported undesired weight changes since the start of the pandemic? Here are three easy in-office ideas to help you get rid of your “Quarantine 19.”
Replace savory snacks like potato chips with baked cheese crisps. Place as many cheddar cheese slices as you like onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes (or until cheese is slightly brown) at 400 degrees. Allow the cheese crisps to cool on paper towels in order to absorb any excess oil. This salty snack will satisfy your need for crunch without piling on the carbs.
Bring Snacks That Pack a Punch
You don’t have to give up snacking all day if you snack on veggies. Fortunately, vegetables don’t have to taste like rabbit food. Add some satisfaction to your vegetable servings by stuffing mini bell peppers. Just slice a pepper in half, remove the seeds, and fill the halves with your choice of protein. Some great stuffing options are hummus, egg salad, or cream cheese. Find more hearty vegetable snack recipes, such as Buffalo Cauliflower bites, Eggplant Jerky, and Crunchy Baked Avocado Fries, here.
Get Your Steps In
Studies show that simply walking can promote weight loss. Not only can walking help you lose weight, but it can also earn you money! MotivHealth’s Steps Program pays you $1 for every day you reach 8,000 steps or more, up to 20 days per month towards your HSA. That’s $250 a year! The average adult can walk 6,000 steps in one hour. That means you can cover 75% of your daily goal just by walking during your lunch break!
Your weight loss goals are probably more attainable than you think they are!
What are ways you stay healthy in the office?