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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7. Savor your chocolate

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 and help you live longer. (Not that you need an excuse!)

8. Get crunchy

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.
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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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