Desktop Dining – Healthy Meals at Work that Work

 

Many of us eat our lunches or other meals at our desks while writing e-mails and answering the phone between bites. Of course the best advice is to avoid desk dining for a number of reasons, including mental and physical health. However, sometimes it is inevitably going to happen; you are just too busy to get away. These tips may help you eat healthy at work.

Meal planning

Take the time to plan your meal before digging in to avoid taking bite after bite of food that you do not even taste.

Exercise

If you can not get away for the full 30- to 60-minute meal period, at least spend 10 minutes walking briskly around the building.

Clean and safe

The average desk harbors many more microbes than the average toilet. Keep disinfecting wipes close at hand, so you can clean off the area where you will eat.

Small meals and snacks

Do not eat just because the clock tells you that it is time to. Some people who are very busy at work find it easiest to have a few small snacks spread throughout the day, rather than sitting down to eat a meal that they may not even really want, just because it is “time.”

Beverages

Do not forget to keep track of those beverages. Many people gulp down cup after cup of coffee with heavy cream and sugar, and wonder why they are not able to lose weight.

Carbohydrate, protein, and fat

Remember to have some carbohydrate, protein, and fat in your meal. This will help to keep you full for longer.

Healthy choices

The little things count. It is easy to tell yourself that these choices have a minimal impact on the healthfulness of your meal, but all of those minute details add up at the end of the day.

Other options

If you absolutely must work while you eat, choose the least taxing project. Perhaps it is better to take a shorter meal period and concentrate on your food, rather than take a longer meal period and work the entire time.

If you choose to dine away from the desk then make those same smart choices. If snacks are what you prefer then make sure to balance those too! A healthy nut or seed butter goes great with apples, celery, or whole grain crackers….or just by the spoon! Take a lick at these desktop dining tips and keep your work world healthy!

Of you want to pack a delicious and nutritious lunch for your workday give our Apple and Spinach Salad recipe a try.  The Sweet Seed Butter Dressing will tantalize your taste buds while keeping your meal healthy.  Throw on some grilled chicken for some extra protein.

 

Go Nutty All-Natural Energy Bars

Go Nutty All-Natural Energy Bars

Why spend the money in the grocery store to buy energy bars when you can create your own creative recipe at home! These all-natural Nutty Energy Bars are easy to make and don’t even require baking. Use whatever nut, seed, or dried fruit you have a home to create your own personal bar.

1 1/2 C dry roasted unsalted nuts
1/4 C roasted seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower
1/2 C raisins or other dried fruit
1 C rolled oats
1/4 C hemp, chia, or flax seeds
½ C Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter
1/2 C coconut, shredded and unsweetened
1/4 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt

Coat a 9×13” baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a large pot combine Betsy’s Best with brown sugar and honey and heat until bubbly, or place in microwave for 2-3 min. Meanwhile add all other ingredients except coconut in a large bowl and toss to combine. When butter is done cooking add vanilla and stir. Add Betsy’s Best mixture to nut mixture and stir to combine. Transfer mixture to pan and firmly press down by coating your hands in cooking spray and pressing mixture evenly in the pan. Sprinkle with coconut. Refrigerate for 1 hr before cutting. Remove from fridge and cut into bars. Individually wrap each bar and refrigerate or freeze to maintain freshness.

Yield: 16 bars.

Get crafty with your own unique recipe. Throw in golden or goji berries, dark chocolate, or create a salty/sweet inspired creation by adding some mustard in place of some of the honey and cutting back on the brown sugar for a honey mustard inspired bar, or buy smoked almonds for a hickory honey smoked flavor for a savory treat!

Get use to this all-natural energy bar recipe because these tasty bars will go fast and before you know it you will be making more!

Homemade Granola Bars To Grab And Go

Homemade Granola Bars To Grab And Go

If you are on the go, Betsy’s homemade granola bars are a must in your active life. Featuring Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter, this healthy snack recipe has amazing gourmet flavor combined with superfood nutrition to keep you fueled all day long.  Why buy store bought granola bars when you can make your own? Avoid unnecessary chemicals and preservatives and get baking!

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

¼ cup honey (or agave nectar/coconut nectar)

¼ cup brown sugar

1 egg (or 2 egg whites)

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp chia seed

1 ½ cup brown rice cereal (or rice crispies)

1 ½ cup old fashioned oats

¼ tsp sea salt

½ cup dark chocolate chips

½ cup chopped walnuts

½ cup dried fruit such as cherries, raisins, cranraisins or goldenberries

Step By Step Homemade Granola Bars Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Beat Betsy’s Best, honey, sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla in a large bowl.

Step 3: Combine chia seeds, cereal, oats and salt in a separate bowl.  Add to liquid mixture.

Step 4: Stir in chocolate chips, walnuts and dried fruits.

Step 5: Transfer to a 13x9 pan and firmly press mixture with back of spatula or wax paper in baking pan.

Step 6: Bake 15-17 minutes. 

Step 7: Enjoy your grab and peanut butter go granola bars!

Yields: 22 bars.

Make a batch of our homemade granola bars and freeze in individual baggies for healthy snacks that will last weeks! What activity are you doing will eating your grab and go fuel?

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To be THIN, Eating A Balanced Diet is IN

To be THIN, Eating A Balanced Diet is IN

Are you struggling to be as thin as you want to be?

You might think you are doing the right thing to lose weight by conserving calories by doing a juice fast, restricting carbohydrates, or eating under 1,000 calories/day. After all, isn’t weight loss all about calories in vs. calories out? It is not all about HOW MUCH you eat as it is about WHAT you eat. Here is a description on what is going on in your body when you starve the body from the balance that it needs.

Two Popular, But Unbalanced Diets And How To Do Better

PROBLEM: A juice fast dumps fructose into the bloodstream. The carbohydrate is turned into sugar and promptly signals the pancreas to secrete insulin, which quickly escorts that sugar into a cell to be used as energy, or if inactive, stored as fat. The rapid drop in blood sugar levels after insulin does its job leaves you hungry, shaky, and craving more sugar and carbs, therefore repeating the cycle. Also most juice fasts leave you calorie depleted, which will waste away at amino acids and break down that lean muscle you worked so hard to build.

  • ANSWER: A fast of juice and vegetables lacks essential protein and fat for satiety and blood sugar regulation. Eat fruits and vegetables with a balance of protein and fats like all natural nut or seed butters to keep you satisfied all day long.

PROBLEM: Low Carb / High Protein diet. Think of carbs as gas for a car. You are not going anywhere on empty. Our bodies are a well designed system that was structured to process carbohydrates to use as fuel. Without sufficient carbs the body will enter a semi-starvation mode and ketones are produced. Ketones are like a low-grade fuel and, as a result, will affect your brain, concentration, and mood. Muscle wasting and dehydration can occur which further affects the body’s performance.

  • ANSWER: Treat your body like a Ferrari and feed the body the right balance of fuel. Carbs are not the enemy, but eating the right type of carb is essential! Whole grain, unprocessed and unrefined, are the most important, along with fresh fruit, whole grains, or healthy starches like quinoa or sweet potato being the best of the carb choices.

Betsy’s Best Rockin’ Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie

Betsy’s Best Rockin’ Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie

Give your peanut butter oatmeal cookies a facelift! This fun and healthy baking recipe uses Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cinnamon Peanut Butter to make a rocking version of a classic cookie. For Betsy, this is her go-to cookie recipe and it is a hit every time!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 Cup Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

3/4 cup raw sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened (or coconut oil)

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1¼ tsp baking soda

3 cups rolled oats

6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)

Step By Step Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Combine sugar, brown sugar, butter and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Step 3: Beat until creamy.

Step 4: Add eggs, vanilla and baking soda. Mix well.

Step 5: Add Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter and mix.

Step 6: Use a large spoon to stir in oats, chocolate chips and nuts.

Step 7: Place dough by heaping teaspoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.

Step 8: Bake 8-10 minutes or until light gold on the edges. 

Step 9: Enjoy your peanut butter oatmeal cookies!

Recipe Yield: approximately 4 dozen cookies.

As a different version of this all-natural  peanut butter oatmeal cookie recipe you could add white chocolate chips with cran-raisins, coconut with walnut, or peanut butter chips with crushed peanuts!