Midday Meals

Keeping your energy up throughout the day can be a challenge when you are busy at work or school or with the kids. Suddenly you look up, it is 2:00 pm and you are starving. It is easy to grab the first edible thing you see, which is often high-calorie chips, cookies or sugary drinks. But, if you follow these healthy lunch and midday snack tips, you can avoid losing control of what you eat in the afternoon.

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5. Pack lunch like mom used to make

Pack lunch like mom used to make
Pack your lunch sack with a main course, like a sandwich or thermos of soup, a "crunchy" (like carrot sticks or baked chips), a drink, such as water, milk, or juice, and a low-fat dessert or a small square of dark chocolate. A well-balanced meal will leave you feeling more satisfied throughout the afternoon and, even better, give you the opportunity to enjoy a bit of childhood nostalgia.

6. Don't forget about portion size

Don't forget about portion size
Use resealable snack bags (6-1/2-inch by 3-1/4-inch) for perfect portions of healthy snacks. Use resealable sandwich bags (6-1/2-inch by 5-7/8-inch) for your sandwich. Not only are bags handy to tote your meals, they also let you know if your portions are too big.

Here are few other healthy portion control measures:

  • 1 (3-ounce) serving of meat, poultry, or fish = Deck of playing cards
  • 1 ounce cheese = Size of your thumb
  • 1 (2-tablespoon) serving peanut butter = Ping pong ball
  • 1 (1-ounce) serving nuts = Small handful (cup your hand)
  • 1 (1/2-cup) serving pasta = Size of your tightly closed fist
  • 1 (2-tablespoon) serving salad dressing = Shot glass

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Comments on "Fast, healthy lunch and midday snack tips"

Saucy July 19, 2009 | 5:03 PM

Good info but not enough recipes!!

courtney:) July 09, 2009 | 11:31 AM

i need something thats always in the house..im only 13 and i dont want to get larger than i should.And its not like im can walk or drive 6 blocks to the store!:) so could ya please give me something that i can whip up?! i can use the stove. but i just need something quick and healthy.:):):)

Shelly September 23, 2008 | 4:00 AM

This is an excellent guide to making lunch healthy - and exciting. The sandwiches around the world idea is awesome!

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