Fast, healthy lunch and midday snack tips

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.

1. Plan ahead

Prepare your lunch at night before you go to bed. Start making it a part of your nightly routine. Put your sandwich in a plastic bag or container. Pour soup in a thermos. Fill your drink container. Keep items refrigerated and simply pop them in your lunch bag as you walk out the door. 

2. Leftovers rule

Make an extra portion of dinner and bring it for lunch the next day – but in an inventive way. Make an extra grilled chicken breast, chop it up and put it in a salad. Toss extra pasta with sauteed vegetables, olive oil, a dash of salt and pepper, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Puree cooked veggies with beans for an extra healthy hummus – use as a sandwich spread or as a dip for baked pita chips.