Too often lunch is eaten on the fly. You may be trying to squeeze in appointments so you won’t have to miss any work. You know you shouldn’t work through lunch but you’re behind on your work and need to get caught up. The vending machine is right around the corner and you can eat a bag of chips or a candy bar until you get home.
The building that I used to work in had multiple vending machines, and you could even buy soft drinks poured into a cup instead of a can. Wasn’t that convenient? I have to confess I enjoyed that way more than I should have.
I was not exactly the poster girl for healthy lunches. We had two pizza places within walking distance of each other and I was on a first-name basis with both of them.
The bakery in the store across the street always had tasty treats and after a hard morning at the office, I was more than ready to devour the first thing I could get my hands on.
Eating processed, sugary, fatty junk foods is what reduces your energy levels, rather than boosting it. This is why you find yourself feeling groggy and sluggish halfway through the day.
Here are five lunch ideas that pack a nutritional wallop:
My favorite fruit is a banana and it is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s high in potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6, as well as natural sugars (glucose, sucrose and fructose.) You can eat it plain, spread with peanut or almond butter, or dice it up in a fruit salad.
Apples pack a nutritional wallop and you can eat them without making a mess. Best of all, you get over four grams of fiber.
Oranges are low in calories and one large orange supplies 100% of your daily intake of vitamin C.
You don’t have to eat veggies plain, you can dress them up however you want. Cucumber, carrot, and avocado can be stuffed into a wrap before you leave the house.
A burrito bowl combines black beans and different vegetables for a Mexican food twist and gives you something different besides the same boring sandwich. Top with your favorite cheese and you have a lunch you can’t wait to dive into.
Who doesn’t love a tuna sandwich on your favorite bread topped by lettuce and tomato? For a different twist, you could mix salmon salad instead of tuna. Roll it up into a tortilla and cut it in slices.
Both fillings are high in omega-rich fatty acids which play a major role in lowering cholesterol levels and protecting you against heart disease.
Nuts are so tasty that it is easy to eat too many, and that can send your calorie count into overdrive. Almonds and pistachios supply protein and fiber which boosts your energy.
They’re a portable snack that you can stash in your car or desk, and you know you are doing good things for your body. Add to yogurt, cereal or quick breads, make homemade trail mix, or toss into a salad for some extra crunch.
Lunch doesn’t have to taste bad to be good for you and satisfy your hunger. Start experimenting with foods you enjoy and come up with some new combinations on your own.