We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it's not the only important meal of the day. As the saying goes, one should eat "breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper." Here are few lunch ideas to help you eat like a prince every day — even if you have a hectic daily routine.
start at the grocery store
Keep lunch in mind and buy things like whole grain or rye bread, fruit, peanut butter, corn tortillas, black beans, healthy lunch meats, and veggies. If your cupboards are well-stocked with convenient lunch options, it will be easy to throw together a few of your favorites before work.
spread it on
Use a fat-free spread instead of mayonnaise, and try spicy mustard for an added kick to an otherwise boring sandwich. Tuna fish, loaded with B Vitamins, potassium, and healthy omega 3 fatty acids, makes a great lunch sandwich and can be spiced up significantly with the right condiments and extras.
make it fruitful
Fruit is an essential part of a balanced diet, but it's often neglected on the lunch menu. Add a banana, apple, pear, or cluster of grapes to your lunch. Or try dried fruit. While higher in sugar, dried fruit contains just as many vitamins as raw fruit. And it's easier to drop in a briefcase or backpack.
Raisins, nuts, cheese, granola bars, carrots, and pretzels are all great replacements for potato chips, and will help ward off snack machine temptations. Pack them in resealable snack bags and toss them in your lunch box to enjoy healthy snacking all day long.
If you don't have time to pack a lunch, opt for a deli where you'll be able to custom build your sandwich instead of buying a prepackaged meal. Order turkey, roast beef, or broiled chicken breast and pile on the healthy extras like tomatoes, lettuce, and onion. Or try a vegetarian sandwich with avocado, which is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fat-burning fiber. Choose 7-grain or whole wheat bread, and go light on the mayo (or get mustard instead).
don’t underestimate leftovers
If your lunchroom has a refrigerator and microwave, bring in your dinner leftovers for a nutritious and easy lunch. You can also make a large pot of soup, stew, or pasta on Sunday, store it in small containers, and have easy leftovers all week long. Chop carrots, celery, and broccoli at the beginning of the week as well and keep them in baggies for quick and convenient lunch additions.
You can save a lot of money by brown bagging it at least a few times a week. Use these nutritious lunch tips to feel more energized throughout the afternoon. And while we're on the subject of health, make sure you have health insurance coverage that fits your lifestyle.
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