If you find yourself dreading lunchtime because of the same old boring foods, lack of places to order from, or if you feel unsatisfied and still hungry after eating lunch, you’re not alone.
Lunch at work doesn’t have to be a chore. It doesn’t have to be boring and un-fullfilling either.
It’s simple to pack a healthy, hearty lunch from home; it doesn’t even require a lot of time. In the small amount of time that it takes to clean up the kitchen after dinner, you can have your lunch packed and ready to go too.
Ok, so now you might be thinking, “oh no, leftovers, yuk!” Leftovers aren’t bad at all when you eat the right foods at dinner time. Whole grains are an important part of every meal, yes, all three meals a day. Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, bulgur wheat, whole grain couscous, Farro, barley and wheat berries make the base for a terrifically healthy and filling lunch. When you prepare these grains for dinner be sure to prepare extra for a few more meals, mainly lunch. To add a fresh quality to this meal all you have to do is toss in fresh vegetables, a variety of beans and legumes, nuts, seeds, thinly sliced leftover chicken, chunks of tuna, or any other favorite lean meat; a little bit goes a long way.
Even if you followed this plan 3-4 out of 5 days a week you will reap the benefits. When you do this, make a mental mote of how you feel each day you eat foods from home and foods from take-out.
In order to help your desire for snacking while at work, bring things like nuts, apples, grapes, cherries, celery, carrot and pepper strips, sugar snap peas, a low-fat cheese stick, plain yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon or with your favorite fresh fruit and nuts added. and of course, drink water.
If you would like more information or would like to know how I can help you get on the right track with your nutrition and lifestyle habits, email me at: Dawn@InitiateWellness.com I would love to help you live a happier, healthier life!