Healthy office eats for a busy workday

Your 9-5 is no joke. And when you tack on trying to eat healthy at the office—a place flying with tempting treats, like birthday cupcakes and morning pastries—you're bound to feel a little stumped on what to eat. But eating smart during the workday doesn’t have to be stressful. It can actually be pretty easy (and delicious).

A surefire way to eat healthy at work is to bring what you want to eat to the office. I’m a big fan of prepping my meals for the week, so I can grab, go and munch without a care in the world. This will save you some serious time, and let’s not forget, some serious cash. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but eating out for lunch and buying coffee could cost you $3,000 a year! Think what you could do with that dough instead… beach vacay anyone?

An important thing to note is to lose the guilt. If you feel like having a slice of cake to celebrate your pals birthday, dig right in. If you just didn’t have it in you to bring your own food to work, it’s totally fine. Just balance it out. After your cake, go for a walk and have a veggie-heavy dish for lunch. If you bought a spendy salad for lunch, cook dinner at home and bring your leftovers in for lunch the next day. It’s all about balance, baby.

Here is my tried and true list of health foodie faves that are easy to bring to the office. And if you’re lucky enough to work for a company that is drowning in snacks and meals, be on the lookout for these goodies. These options are also easy to find in stores/restaurants if you plan on buying food during the day:

  • Easy-to-pack fruits: Apples, bananas, pears, etc.

  • Nuts: Almonds, pistachios, cashews, etc.

  • Snackable veggies: Carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, etc.

  • Hummus

  • Avocados

  • Oatmeal: Bring your own and your officemates will be begging for a bite

  • Nut butter: Peanut, almond, cashew, etc.

  • Dried coconut

  • Greek yogurt

  • Healthy protein: Beans, quinoa, chicken, turkey, salmon, hard boiled eggs, etc.

  • Salad with all the things: Veggies, grilled chicken/salmon, beans, grains, or all of the above

  • Whole wheat bread: For avocado toast, nut butter sandwich, or turkey + veggie sando

  • Green tea

  • Granola butter, duh


Emma Lehman is a lover of all things health and wellness, especially when it involves food. You can find her commuting everywhere by foot, running the hills of San Francisco, roasting brussels sprouts in her oven, and blending smoothies in her Vitamix. You can connect with her on Instagram at @howsthatapple.

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