1. Boosts concentration, productivity and vitality;
2. Reduces sick days and corresponding catch-up days
by improving overall health;
3. Helps to prevent chronic illnesses such as type 2
diabetes and heart disease.
TIP #1: Avoid morning brain-drain.
The secret to having breakfast? Prepare it the night
before. Did you know 40% of Canadians skip breakfast
due to rushed mornings? The body and brain end up
lacking fuel and are less able to concentrate.
Get fueled to take on the day! Grab and go with a makeahead
parfait, layering rolled-oats with Greek yogurt,
berries, and nuts, or wake up to the aroma of slow cooked
barley topped with apples, pecans and cinnamon. For
those really rushed mornings: keep a box of high-fibre
cereal, milk and fruit at work.
TIP #2: Reinvent that boring brown bag lunch.
Say goodbye to your old brown bag lunch with these
simple and tasty ideas:
• Mix chickpeas, roasted yams, quinoa, and any
vegetables you have on hand, with a citrus vinaigrette
dressing for a fibre-packed salad bowl.
• Reinvent dinner leftovers by using the extra chicken
in a wrap topped with avocado, cilantro, tomatoes,
lime juice finished with a kick of hot sauce.
• Prep your own snack platter for lunch with veggie
sticks, low fat cheese, hummus, whole grain pita, and
cut up fruit.
TIP #3: Tackle mid-day energy slumps.
Skip the afternoon slumps with these three energyboosting
• Energize your body with a quick power walk or do a
few stretches at your desk.
• If you’re hungry, grab a high fibre and protein snack
such as celery sticks with nut butter or sliced fruit
with cottage cheese for long-lasting energy.
• Stay hydrated to avoid feeling sleepy. For a refreshing
twist, add frozen fruit and mint to your water.