How to Choose Healthy Lunches to Eat at Work

Tired of all the junk food lunches that increase your calorie intake and make you gain more weight? It's important to eat in moderation and choose healthy lunches that are good for you. Here is a guide on choosing healthy lunch options to eat at work.

Steps

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    Plan ahead of time. During the weekend, decide what you'll have for lunch. Make a list of everything you need to make the lunch, and prepare it before a new week starts.
    • By packing your lunch the night before, you won't have to worry about it in the morning. This will also keep you from getting something that might be unhealthy.
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    Choose foods rich in protein. Protein is more filling than other sources of nourishment, and it also makes you stay full for a longer period of time. Proteins low in fat are good options, including beans, grilled chicken, hummus, peanut butter and almond butter.
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    Add fruits and vegetables to your lunches. Fruits and vegetables contain minerals and vitamins, which are good for you, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends 2 1/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit each day. For example, eat a fruit salad with berries or a sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes. Those are healthy options.
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    Make soup. Soup is a healthy comfort food, and it also helps you calm down and stay calm. Try chicken or lentil soup; they are both delicious and healthy.
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    Make a healthy smoothie to go along with your lunch. This is an excellent option for busy people. It's easy to sip a smoothie while taking bites of your lunch. Ingredients of your smoothie can be various, but yogurt, avocados, kale, coconut oil and fresh berries are among the many options.
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    Make a healthy sandwich. Sandwiches are good for you, and adding healthy foods to your sandwiches is even better. Start by choosing whole grain bread; whole grains are healthy choices for your body. Include vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, and slices of cucumber. You can also add fruits such as almonds and bananas. Healthy meats are also great options, and those include roasted turkey and beef low in fat.
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    Pack a healthy salad. Salads contain healthy nutrients, and they can be filled with the vegetables you like. You can also add protein-filled foods to your salad, such as salmon, chicken, and hard-boiled eggs, to make it more nutritious and flavorful. You can also add a touch of salad dressing, or even a little amount of olive oil, in a separate container.
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    Use your leftovers. There's no need to throw them away; just put them in a light container and take them for lunch at work. It's fine to reheat foods, but some foods can stay cold, such as chicken, burgers and beans.

Tips

  • Bring a Thermos. It keeps hot foods warm if your workplace doesn't have a microwave or you're not allowed to use it.
  • Pack a brown-bag lunch and take it to work.

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Categories: Nutrition and Lifestyle Eating