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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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11. Treat yourself


Treat yourself
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


Hydrate the healthy way
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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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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