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Fast, healthy lunch and midday snack tips

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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.

11. Treat yourself

Quick midday meals
Limit yourself to one lunch out per week. Restaurant meals every day can pile on the pounds, but one meal a week can be satisfying way to treat yourself so you don't feel deprived. Best yet, you don't have to blow your diet - follow these healthy, waist-conscious tips and eating out will be even more of a delicious pleasure. When possible, take one of your co-workers or meet a friend for lunch and split one entree, instead of ordering two. Not only will your weekly restaurant lunch be beneficial to your diet, it will give you a chance to enjoy some company. 

12. Hydrate the healthy way

Quick midday meals
Limit your intake of caffeine and sugar-laden drinks during the day. Starting today, aim to drink at least one more cup of water per day than you normally do. Replace your syrupy-sweet, fruit-flavored juices with 100 percent fruit or veggie juice or opt for a high-antioxidant superdrink. You can even make a refreshing spritzer by replacing half of your juice with seltzer water or club soda. Instead of coffee, drink green tea with a little sugar (read Drink tea to reduce dementia and heart disease) or order a small cappucino, which has less caffeine than a grande and, as a bonus, it delivers a healthy dose of bone-buidling milk.

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