What’s on the menu for lunch? Instead of spending your cash on an unsatisfying supermarket meal deal or sending your kids to the school canteen, why not prepare your lunch yourself at home? Making your own lunches has loads of benefits, like staying in control of portion sizes and being able to choose the best, healthy ingredients. Try out these tasty tips for a lunch you’ll be looking forward to all morning.
Keep it balanced
Making sure your lunch is both healthy and satisfying can be a real challenge. To make sure you feel full and focused all throughout the day, you need to ensure your lunch includes a proper balance of protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. Eating this mix of nutrients will make your meals more enjoyable, help you to get the nutrients you need, and most importantly give you the stamina you need to get through the afternoon.
Pick up the protein
Protein can help to power you through your day and can keep you feeling satisfied for longer. Eating a protein-rich lunch will mean you feel fuller and more alert, and will also leave you less likely to snack in the afternoon. Leaner meats, such as chicken breast, turkey, canned tuna and fresh fish are all great options for high protein meals. Or go meat-free with beans, lentils, hard-boiled eggs and nuts. If you’re having a really busy day and don’t have time for a proper lunch, fill up on high protein snacks like shakes or bars instead.