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.
7. Savor your chocolate
Have a small piece of dark chocolate after lunch to assuage your sweet tooth. Take a bite and let the chocolate slowly melt in your mouth while savoring every indulgent nuance. Not only will this give you a mini-vacation into chocolate bliss, the cocoa phenols in chocolate can also improve your heart health. Dark chocolate is also chockfull of antioxidants. Yes, that's right, a piece of chocolate will improve the quality of your day andhelp you live longer. (Not that you need an excuse!)
8. Get crunchy
Pack a small tasty snack to nibble on to pick you up out of your mid-morning or mid-afternoon slump. Make homemade trail mix using unsalted, unsweetened nuts and dried fruits, and decadent dark chocolate chips. Make your own granola and sprinkle it on a small container of yogurt or cottage cheese. Munching on satisfying snacks that have staying power will keep your energy high and keep you from overeating at noon or dinner.