Healthy Lunches are Easy
Many of us pick up anything that’s handy for lunch, and mostly it isn’t the best thing for our health. We’re hungry and out tummy calls for an easy fix like a doughnut or muffin that’s loaded with sugar and fat. It really is easy to prepare a healthy lunch at home or a brown bag for work. This will also work for kids going to school.
We can be more creative about our midday meal. Most of us forget about lunch until we realize we’re hungry. We’re usually at work and end up eating foods that are the very worst for our health. A good solid breakfast is the best way to start the day, a cup of coffee and a piece of toast wont cut it. You’ll be tuckered out before lunch time, Instead have protein such as eggs, whole wheat toast and fruit. They’ll keep your energy up until lunch. If you feel you must have a mid morning snack, try string cheese, a small handful of nuts, dried fruit, or Greek yogurt.
Here are some lunch ideas that are healthy and will keep you going on into the afternoon. If you work from home roast a chicken on the weekend and have chicken salad for a day or so, that is, if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers. It will be filling and keep your blood sugar stable to give you energy so you can accomplish more work in the afternoon. A tuna fish sandwich with salad and a piece of fruit is another wholesome lunch. You can add a cup of low-fat, or skim milk to any meal to provide the calcium we all need to keep our bones strong.
If you are employed outside the home, you might want to brown bag it to save time and money. What about a white Bean Pesto Salad? In a plastic container, mix 1 cup rinsed and drained cannellini beans, 1 Tbsp pesto, 1/2 medium tomato chopped, and 2 Tbsp. chopped red onion. Pack carrot and bell pepper strips to go with it and you have a lunch to provide you with energy for the afternoon.
Another good brown bagging lunch is a Honey Brie Turkey Sandwich. Spread whole wheat bread with 2 tsp.honey mustard. Layer 2 oz. turkey, 1 oz. brie, a thick slice of tomato and fresh spinach leaves. Serve with celery sticks and carrots. Now enjoy your feast.
A Hummus Pita Pocket might hit the spot. They taste good and are healthy. Spoon 1/2 cup hummus into a small plastic container. sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. sunflower seed and 2 Tbsp. raisins. Just before eating, spoon into 1 halved whole wheat pita pocket. Pack a container of grape tomatoes to eat on the side and serve with several crackers.