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Eating well during the workday with a healthy lunch helps keep you fueled and focused. Here are a few strategies to help power up your lunch break.
A balanced healthy lunch is ideally made up of your favorite fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources. Not planning ahead can lead to missed meals or choosing more highly processed options. Packing your lunch does take some additional time and effort, but can help save money and usually leads to better food choices.
If you prefer to dine out for lunch, try to think ahead about where you’ll be eating. Look for locations that offer a wide variety of fresh, minimally processed foods. The more options you have to choose from, the easier it is to create a nourishing meal.
Some may find packing a lunch stressful, but here are a few ways to make lunch preparation easier.
Too overwhelmed to pack lunch every day? Start by setting a smaller goal of packing lunch just a few times a week. Once you are more comfortable with your new routine you may feel motivated to pack more often.
It’s a good idea to have snacks on hand if you tend to get hungry between meals. Having your own snacks available will help you avoid the convenience foods that are usually found in vending machines or breakrooms. Focus on options that are considered nutrient-dense to keep you feeling full and satisfied, such as:
Katie Lester is a clinical dietitian at Lifespan’s Lifestyle Medicine Center. Katie is also a facilitator for several wellness programs offered through the center. She has special interests in women’s health, cancer survivorship, and plant-based nutrition.