Ah, lunch. The best part of the day for every nine-to-fiver. Whether you’re stepping outside to soak up some sun or eating lunch at your desk, making time for a healthy lunch can pay off both mentally and physically.
For those of you who are tired of the usual turkey sandwich in the break room, Live Streaming Fitness has compiled a Top 10 list of ways to improve your lunch that will leave you feeling re-energized and satisfied, without the midday food coma!
- Purchase Lunch Containers
Lunch containers, similar to The Container Store’s “Colorful Klip-It Lunch Cube-to-Go,” is a must for those taking lunch on-the-go. These containers are not only great for portion control, but also for keeping all your lunch items compact and compartmentalized.
- Taco Tuesday
Summertime meals call for lighter fare. Try these marinated shrimp tacos with a refreshing mango slaw.
Helpful Tip: Meal prepping on Sunday will ensure you eat healthy all week and will save you time in the kitchen after a long workday.
- Download the HealthyOut App
For those of you who didn’t have time to pack a lunch the night before work, HealthyOut is a healthy restaurant nutrition guide app that helps users find healthy meals from local restaurants in their area. Genius!
- Leftovers For Lunch
Having leftovers for lunch is a great way to avoid wasting food. We love this “Leftovers for Lunch” box from the Family Fresh Meals blog with grilled salmon, avocado, olives, baby spinach, blueberries, a mini Lara Bar and some Butterfinger Muddy Buddies. Delish!
- Portable Mason Jar Lunches
For those of you who don’t know, mason jars are trending. From decorative candleholders to portable meal containers, mason jars make portion-control meals easy for even the DIY intimidated. They’re an especially easy way to pack pasta or salads. Just pour in your dressing or sauce first and then layer with your hearty veggies, before topping with greens or pasta. At lunchtime, just give it a shake and you’re ready to dig in!
- Homemade Soups
Homemade soups are a great lunch option for those on the go. Not only do soups get better with time, they also save you time in the kitchen, especially if you use a crockpot!
- Get In Some Exercise
Lunchtime isn’t just about food. It’s important to not let yourself get caught too long at your desk without moving. Use your lunch break as a time to stretch your legs and get your metabolism going to avoid unwanted side effects associated with sitting too long. Longer lifespans have been associated with moving every hour, even for just two minutes! So, take a quick walk around your building, and take in some fresh air. It’ll do wonders for your body and mind!
- A Healthy Take On A Lunchtime Favorite
Eating healthy does not always require extensive prep time or complicated recipes. Try a healthy take on a traditional PB&J with an AB&J. At only 390 calories, almond butter is an easy swap for peanut butter and contains 25 percent less saturated fat. Pair the sandwich with plain Greek yogurt and fresh blueberries, and voila… healthy made easy.
- Breakfast For Lunch
This egg, tomato, and avocado sandwich is leaner than a traditional breakfast sandwich and is delicious any time of the day!
Helpful Tip: Eggs don’t have to be cooked on the stove. Add 1/3 cup of water to an egg in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 35 seconds for a stove-less cooked egg.
- Eat Foods That Fight Fat
Incorporate calorie-burning ingredients into your daily menu. This fiber-filled white bean and herb hummus paired with crudités only takes five minutes to make and even better, only requires four ingredients.
Sources – http://www.cookinglight.com/eating-smart/smart-choices/healthy-lunch-ideas