Admit it, you’ve tried to justify candy as a reasonable lunch choice once or twice. You may have even raided the vending machine for a meal of potato chips at some point. We’ve all been there, but you can do better! A nutritious lunch will give you energy for the long afternoon ahead and keep your smile healthy.
Here are some easy meal ideas that will make you the envy of your co-workers:
Garden Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette: Combine the tartness of orange and lime juice with honey and drizzle over fresh veggies for the perfect fresh salad.
Little Italy Chicken Pitas: This easy salad in a pita combines fresh basil, asiago cheese, chicken, greens, and sun-dried tomatoes in each delightful bite. With healthy protein and a good dose of calcium, this lunch will help keep your teeth strong.
Chicken Salad with Olive Vinaigrette: Bring the taste of the Mediterranean to work. This refreshing salad combines Israeli couscous with chicken and kalamata olives.
Whether you’re preparing a nutritious lunch or going out to a restaurant, keep these tips in mind:
• Eat a diet that’s rich in grains, fruits, and vegetables. If you usually have a burger or pizza for lunch, switch to a salad or a sandwich of lean meats on whole wheat bread.
• If you’re eating out, watch the size of your portions. You can eat half your meal at lunch and bring the rest back to the office for a snack later or take it home for dinner.
• Avoid sugary drinks. Water is better than soda, and you’ll skip the extra calories and sugar that are bad for your body and your teeth.
Eat a healthy lunch today — it’s a good start to a healthier life.