Choose healthful dining

Many of us eat more healthful dining food at your workplace than perform at home since working hours span mealtimes and snack times. We grab breakfast foods at home or pick-up something to enjoy at our desk. Lunch comes from a brown bag, the cafeteria or possibly a restaurant. For some, snacking helps split up the afternoon and boosts stamina for the rest of the workday.

Healthful Dining At Your Desk

Breakfast your desk must be convenient, tasty, nutritious and mess-free. A quick rule: Include cereals, dairy plus a fruit. One choices are yogurt (dairy) topped with Whole Grain Total® (wholegrain) and diced peaches (fruit). A muffin made with wholesome cereal, together with milk along with a banana, can also be satisfying and easy to enjoy.

Packing lunch takes almost no time and lets you choose what you want to consume. “Peel and wash vegetables, rinse and spin lettuce, slice cheese and fill water bottles on Sunday for your week,” says Dayle Hayes, R.D., a nutrition consultant and author in Billings, Mont. “Wrap single servings of luncheon meats in plastic wrap, label and freeze. In the morning, make use of the frozen meat to get a sandwich. It must be defrosted by lunchtime.” Hayes also suggests preparing a few extra servings when you are making dinner with lunch leftovers.

Healthful Dining At Your Desk

Food safety factors are essential to prevent spoilage. Pack breakfast and lunch with cold packs when a refrigerator isn’t available. Heat chili, soup along with hot foods until sizzling hot; then pack within a clean, insulated container warmed with boiling water. Open only if ready you can eat.

Snacks stands out as the most difficult, and resisting the lure of office goodies generally is a challenge. Hayes recommends stocking your desk with nutritious, nonperishable snacks. If you have been told to enjoy less sodium to assist control your blood pressure level, limit fast foods that are overly salty. Area grocery or whole foods stores may offer more lower-sodium choices.

Ingredietns for Healthful Dining At Your Desk

Banana-Wheat Muffins


1 tablespoon Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

One tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened

1/3 cup slightly crushed Whole Grain Total® cereal


3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)

1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 egg

11/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

21/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

11/4 cups slightly crushed Whole Grain Total® cereal

Choose Healthful Dining At Your Desk

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease bottoms only of 12 regular-size muffin cups. Stir together streusel ingredients until crumbly; schedule.

2. In large bowl, stir together bananas, milk, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, oil and egg. Stir in 11/4 cups flour, baking powder and salt just until flour is moistened; stir in 11/4 cups slightly crushed cereal. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Sprinkle streusel evenly over batter in muffin cups.

3. Bake about 20 min or until golden brown.