How many times have you been at the office with an empty stomach and no time to leave and grab something to eat? We want to be as productive as possible at work, and we expect ourselves to be able to perform in any scenario – hungry, tired, sick, etc. The reality is that when we’re hungry, we have physiological symptoms that damage our ability to be productive and attentive to our work.
The best solution? Keep several filling foods in your office to get you through the days when you forgot to eat breakfast or are pulling a late night at the office. Here are 5 filling foods to keep in your office.
5 Filling Foods to Keep in Your Office
Oatmeal doesn’t really sound like something you’d keep in your office at work, but it’s certainly a filling food. Grab a box of instant oatmeal and keep a stock of bowls in your office to make it easy to whip up a bowl of warm, fragrant oatmeal anytime hunger strikes.
Unflavored oatmeal is only 100 calories per packet, and you can add a little butter or margarine and spices of your choice to give it more flavor!
The best part: Oatmeal keeps you feeling full for much longer than other foods, helping fuel your body and keep you
Tortillas and beans.
Keep a packet of tortillas and a few cans of refried, pinto, or black beans in your office to make a filling burrito next time you hear your stomach growling. Bean burritos are simple to make, taste great, and can be customized to your liking.
They are also one of the cheapest lunch options available. Beans provide protein and tortillas provide carbs to give you quick energy to burn.
There isn’t a food more satisfying on a rainy or cold day than soup. Canned soup might not be as tasty as homemade, but it’s definitely easier to prepare. Keep a few cans of your favorite soups in your office so you can microwave a bowl when you get hungry.
One important note: Canned soups are notoriously high in sodium, so opt for lower sodium or “heart healthy” varieties when possible.
Fruit is a tried-and-true snack when you’re feeling hunger pangs. Fruit has plenty of fructose, or natural fruit sugar, which is readily used by your body and broken down quickly as energy. Glucose is the only type of sugar that is absorbed faster.
If you’re beginning to feel nauseous from hunger and other foods don’t sound appealing, eat a piece of fruit to raise your blood sugar and satisfy you until you can eat something more substantial.
Keep a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter, some preserves, chocolate hazelnut spread, deli meats and cheeses, etc. in your office so you can make sandwiches when you find yourself hungry.
Keeping a variety of sandwich condiments in your office and considering switching in some new items weekly will give you plenty of options for sandwiches. That will help keep them from becoming a boring food choice.
These are our 5 favorite filling foods to keep in the office. What foods do you make sure you don’t run out of at the office? We’d love to hear your favorites!