Let’s Do Lunch: Make Time for Midday Mealtime

by Jason 4/16/2015 10:26 AM

Catching up on emails. Making personal calls. Surfing the web. These are just a few of the many reasons why many of us skip lunch at the office.

If you tend to bypass lunch, now is the perfect time to take stock of your midday eating habits.

Enjoying a healthy lunch can re-energize your mind and body to help you tackle the rest of your workday. It can help increase your stamina and endurance, giving new meaning to the phrase, “power lunch.” Getting proper nutrition during the day can help you maintain focus and concentration, plus rev up your metabolism to keep it active.

What healthy fare should you pack in your grown-up lunchbox? Your midday meal should contain at least two of the following food groups:

•    Lean protein
•    Fruits
•    Veggies
•    Complex carbohydrates
•    Low-fat or non-fat dairy

These food groups are essential for building and maintaining a healthy body. Your oral health and overall health are closely related, so they’re good for your smile too!

Try one of these delicious recipes for lunch – no culinary expertise required! You can easily prepare them the night before your next workday. Take note of the ingredient superstars!

1. Zesty Shrimp and Black Bean Salad
Ingredient Superstars
•    Protein Power: Shrimp, black beans
•    VIP Vegetables: Bell pepper, cherry tomatoes
•    Compelling Carbohydrate: Whole wheat tortilla

Full Recipe

2. Watermelon Gazpacho
Ingredient Superstars
•    Famous Fruit: Watermelon
•    Dynamic Dairy: Feta

Full Recipe

3. Asian Chopped Kale Salad
•    Protein Power: Edamame, avocado
•    VIP Vegetables: Kale, snow peas

Full Recipe

Be sure to stash some of these smart snacks in your office drawer to keep your energy up throughout the day:

•    Almonds
•    Whole grain crackers
•    Peanut butter
•    Crunchy veggies and hummus
•    Apples and bananas
•    Granola
   
Adding a nutrient-rich lunch and healthy snacks to your daytime schedule will help you power through your workday – and keep you smiling wide until dinnertime!

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