The Simple Way to Ensure Your Lunch is a Healthy Meal


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Those who don't work at home often find it much easier to grab a fast food meal or a pre-packaged processed meal at lunchtime instead of taking the time to prepare healthy food at home beforehand. However, contrary to popular misconception, preparing a healthy lunch at home is not nearly as difficult as it may seem. In fact, it can take less time to prepare your own lunch than it would to stand in line at the local restaurant or supermarket in order to buy the food you want.

Plan Ahead to Eat Healthy

The secret is to plan ahead. Start by deciding what you will eat for lunch in the coming week, and then head out and buy the ingredients you need. Some healthy, easy to prepare foods you may want to consider include whole wheat bread, whole wheat crackers, brown rice, lean meats such as chicken breast, turkey breast and fish, low-fat cheese, low fat yogurt, fruit and easily prepared vegetables such as baby carrots, celery sticks and broccoli sticks. Once you have the ingredients you need, prepare the next week's lunches on Sunday afternoon and then store the food in your refrigerator. When you need a prepared lunch, pull out of one your ready-made lunch containers and take it with you.

Watch What You Drink

Be sure to also pay attention to what you drink at lunchtime. Soda contains far more sugar and fat than your body needs. "Light" sodas are no better as the sugar substitutes used in these beverages are bad for both your health and your waistline. Stick to water at the office or bring your own homemade fruit juice or healthy shake along with your lunch pack.

Eating right is not time consuming. With a bit of planning and preparation, you can maintain a healthy diet that will not only help you lose weight but also boost your mood and energy levels.

 

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