Are you totally drained by the end of the working day? Beat the afternoon office slump by packing in a lunch that’s full of healthy snacks, fibre and blood sugar-balancing wholegrain.
By eating balanced meals throughout the day and incorporating some light exercises to your daily routine, you not only boost your immune system but will also have more energy throughout the working day.
Here are a few guidelines to follow when packing your healthy lunch for work:
Fill up on fibre by adding grains such as lentils to soups; this will help manage cholesterol levels. A great idea for winter!
Vary the bread you use by opting for rye or seeded varieties of wraps or rolls. Avoid butter when using fillings in sandwiches to help keep fat and calories down.
Opt for rice or pasta in place of sandwiches at least 2-3 days a week. If you love sandwiches, choose lower-salt fillings such as chicken salad.
Slash salt levels by using low-sodium stocks in soups. Also, avoid adding extra salt.
Make the most of your leftovers – this saves time, money and offers a healthier choice.
Include fish once a week – choose from sardines, salmon, trout or mackerel. This will do wonders for your heart!
Choose a healthy snack to get you through the day – a handful (30g) of unsalted nuts or seeds are full of nutrients. Avoid sweets, chocolate and biscuits, and instead use fruit or dairy options to satisfy that ‘sweet’ need.
Avoid too much tea and coffee – opt instead for water, 100% fruit juice, milk, a yogurt smoothie, and green or herbal teas.
TOP LUNCH IDEA: AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD
Insert into a pita bread or lay it over a bed of lettuce – it tastes great either way! With a handful of fresh berries, tomatoes, or nuts – it makes the perfect lunch break combination. Here’s what you do. Mix in a large bowl 2 cups of shredded chicken, 1 avocado, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons lime juice, 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, ¼ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup plain Greek Yogurt, and salt and pepper to taste. It’s that easy!