The most common reasons for not eating a healthy lunch often include things like I can’t eat healthy because the cafeteria doesn’t have healthy food, or I don’t have time to cook at work or various others.
Enjoy Your Healthy Lunch Every day
In reality eating, unhealthy meals are actually more expensive. Buying chocolate or fizzy drinks can be expensive – especially if you do it regularly. The following tips will help you construct cheap healthy meals for lunch that will improve your health, save you money, save you time, help you lose weight (if that what you want to do) and even taste awesome.
Preparation Of Your Lunch
This is the secret of all successful dieters, bodybuilders, celebs, etc. It might sound obvious but it’s surprising how many people don’t do it. The trick is to decide what you are going to have and prepare it the night before. This way when you wake up in the morning your food is ready to go. Depending on the recipes you use this will only add 30minutes onto your schedule when you get home.
Use Protein as Your Base
Even if your not a bodybuilder or even an athlete protein still has its benefits. Protein has the highest thermic effect of food. This means every time you eat it, it will raise your metabolism by ~30%. A raised metabolism will do wonders for your energy levels and help keep you lean. Protein will also keep you feeling fuller for longer increased satiety means fewer trips to the vending machine (unless you really want to!). Good choices include chicken, beef, fish and other substitutes.
Use Fat As Your Filler
As a result of the media, most people try to dodge fat. The fact is you need fat to live. Fat contains soluble vitamins such as D and E. The less fat you eat the more deficient you become, which can cause problems. The trick is to eat healthy fats from sources such as oily fish, grass-fed meats, eggs, nuts, and seeds. In terms of weight, losing fat is also your friend. When you consume fat insulin levels stay low allowing your body to burn fat for fuel. When you consume carbohydrates, insulin levels rise switching off your fat burning.
Unless you lead a very active lifestyle carbohydrate consumption can be kept to a minimum. There is no need to weigh anything, simply consume high fiber carbs at breakfast and have a protein + fat meal for lunch. This is especially important if you have a job which doesn’t expend much energy.
Just because you are trying to eat healthily does not mean food cannot taste good. Make good use of spices, herbs and other condiments such as bbq seasoning. A little ketchup/salsa isn’t bad either if you’re following the above tips. If you have a sweet tooth you can make use of sugar-free jellies or sweetener to get your kick. Even better would be fruits such as apples, oranges or strawberries.
That’s all there is to it. Preparation and some basic knowledge.