Eating healthy really isn’t as hard to do as you might imagine, but there are times when eating something good for you is more difficult than others. Lunch is perhaps the toughest, simply because you have a limited amount of time available to you, and you generally have to eat at the office. Too many people fall into the trap of grabbing something from the vending machine or heading to the nearest fast food joint, neither of which are home to healthy food. It is entirely possible to make lunch a healthy part of the day, but it will require a little work and planning on your part.
If you are in the process of trying to lose weight, you might already have some sort of meal planner set up. If you don’t, then it’s definitely something you will want to consider. Spontaneity and healthy eating don’t tend to go hand in hand, so the more prepared you are, the better chance you have of consuming healthy lunches. The best thing you can do is pack a lunch to work every day, as this puts you in total control over what you eat. Buy your food in advance, and get in the habit of making and packing the lunch before you go to bed or first thing in the morning.
Now you know how to prepare, the big question is what you should eat. A salad might seem like a great idea, and it can be if you are careful about what you put in it. A fresh green salad is incredibly healthy, but as soon as you start adding things like ham and bacon, or go a little overboard with salad dressings, you start tilting things the other way. If you do have to add something for a little splash of flavor, think about going with salmon and a little splash of dill vinaigrette, both of which add flavor without cranking up the calories.
Sandwiches are another popular lunch option, but again, you have to be careful about what you put in them. Processed meats are a definite no go, as they are loaded with salt, and are just generally not very good for you. Bread can be an issue, too, so try using whole grain breads or go with a wrap instead. Turkey (not processed) is an excellent addition to a sandwich or wrap, as are cabbage, carrots and plum tomatoes. If you are craving something sweet for dessert, try adding some fresh berries into your lunch pack.
We are just beginning to scratch the surface of the healthy food that you can pack for lunch, and the good news is that there are entire books and websites devoted to the subject. With a little bit of due diligence, you should be able to find all kinds of great healthy recipes for lunch that are perfect for your taste buds and your overall health. Not only will you look and feel great by following a healthy lunch routine, you will also have a little extra money in your pocket.