Move Over Starbucks
There's a new drink in town and it's just for CPAs.
March 12, 2012
April 17 is around the corner, which means crunch time is at its peak for CPAs who do tax return preparation. But that doesn’t mean that munch time should consist of a Starbucks grande and a Big Mac. While these may fill you up and keep you awake late at night to ensure you can meet deadlines, they’re not the best fuel for your body.
Nutritious and Tasty
We realize that during tax season, the last thing you want to worry about is food. And yet, proper nutrition is needed to provide brain power so that you don’t keel over with exhaustion.
Apparently the old adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, was not an old wives’ tale after all. Andrea Dietzen, wellness manager at purewellness.com, suggests toting healthy snack bars, fruits such as apples and bananas and ready-to-eat lunch items, such as tuna fish or low-salt soups to work as these items are easily storable at your desk. “Picking items that have a good amount of protein and fiber will keep you feeling satisfied for longer periods of time, and will help you avoid getting overly hungry and bingeing on fast food,” she said.
Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor and The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet, agrees with the apple diet. She says that she was appalled when a co-worker told her that he had managed his diet and kept his ideal weight on an apple a day. But years later, when she was working 10-hour shifts at a job that provided her with only a half-hour lunch break, that one-apple lunch provided her with the fiber and Vitamin C as well as the sweetness and satisfaction to last her until day’s end. In fact, as she was conducting research for one of her books she found that apples not only have five grams of fiber, they stabilize blood sugar and, “contain anti-inflammatory and anticancer phytonutrients [and …] are high in potassium, which help rid the body of water-retaining sodium.”
If an apple just won’t cut it for you, Schenck says you can opt for baby carrots and other vegetables that are low in calories and yet satisfying, such as celery, zucchini and cucumber sticks with some plain yogurt or one to two teaspoons of ranch dressing. Another option is to dip them in hummus, which is a good option for diabetics as well.
Dietzen advised against denying your sweet tooth its treats by balancing them with healthier options. “If Starbucks is a ‘treat’ that helps you get through your day, try [swapping] a White Chocolate Mocha, which gives you 400 calories and 11 grams of fat, [with] a nonfat latte that comes in at only 130 calories and zero grams of fat. You can add on the chicken and hummus bistro box to equal the same caloric intake as the white mocha, but you will stay full and more alert for a much longer time due to the protein boost.”
Other lean palate pleasers include:
Last, But Not Least
Remember to hydrate yourself. Smoothies are good for you as long as you make them yourself with fresh fruit and vegetables. What you put in your blender will make all the difference. A quick recipe for success provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
And Vicki Bartlett, human resources specialist at Seattle-based consulting firm Inspirage LLC, provided the best advice: “Have them drink a lot of water or other beverage. The call of Nature will make CPAs stand up and move frequently if they do!”
Sukanya Mitra is managing editor of the AICPA Insider™ e-newsletter group.