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Benefits Of Healthy Lunch Recipes

Posted in : Recipe on by : Budi Sekawan

 

There are many benefits inherent in bringing your own lunch to school and/or work, especially if you have access to some great tasting, healthy lunch recipes. Much light has been shed in recent years about the benefits of eating good nourishing food and avoiding the fast food that has become so prevalent in the last decades. The convenience of junk food is alluring, but the ill effects of continued ingestion of processed food have taken a hefty toll on the health of those who habitually indulge in it.

After years of examination, it seems that the logical solution to declining health caused by repeated exposure to unhealthy food is to change our habits. Instead of stopping in for the fast-food fix or grabbing a bite from the deli section, we can benefit greatly by going back to the old-fashioned idea of bringing our own lunch to work or to school. We have many choices as to what kind of food to bring, and to be honest, the good old peanut butter and jelly sandwich fall short of satisfying in the long haul. Some good, nutritious options are satisfying as well as good for you.

Many periodicals offer recipes for wholesome, nutritious lunches that are easy to make, travel well, and taste great. You can find some ideas right there in the checkout line at your local grocery store. In the magazine rack, there is also an abundance of ideas available. Another great resource for healthy lunch recipes is the internet. You can find a great recipe for just about anything you would wish to eat, and with a little bit of research, you can find some ideas that are aimed at nourishment as well as taste and appearance. With a minimum effort, you can develop a good selection of recipes to choose from.

Good ingredients are important when preparing healthy food, so one should find a good source for the ingredients. Farmers Markets, food co-ops, and local farms are good ideas. Chain stores are becoming aware of the demand for wholesome foods and are offering better ingredients. Just making an honest effort to find clean, organically grown, free-range ingredients contribute greatly to the quality of the finished meal. Try to buy food that is additive and preservative-free, as these ingredients only lengthen the shelf life of the product, and rarely have benefits. Some of these additives are actually quite unhealthy.

Go Strong All Afternoon Enjoying Healthy Lunch Recipes

As I’ve aged I’ve taken it upon myself to start eating healthier foods because I feel that I owe it to myself to feel good from the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep. To enjoy your life and receive the same great health benefits that I do on a daily basis, eating healthy is a big part of the game. It is also very important to choose the foods and meals that you ENJOY! Taking care of your body by feeding it will put you in a good state of mind and is the key to achieving fitness goals such as taking off the extra pounds. Be happy with what you eat and every fiber of your being will show it’s appreciation and reward you with by feeling great.

Let’s face it, in today’s society we are always on the run. Sometimes we don’t get a chance to physically sit down and enjoy a meal until late at night. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be eating right on the go. Eating right on the go is MORE important than ever in this day and age and it’s a must to be filling your tank w/ all the necessary food fuels it needs to get you through the day. Staying focused and energized so you can concentrate on doing your job to the best of your ability will pay you back in dividends as you climb the ladder of success in your professional life.

Make lunchtime YOUR time. Slow down, relax, and enjoy it! Being one of the three most important times you will eat in a day it is a meal that you should take advantage of now! Speaking for myself lunch is my favorite meal as it falls right smack dab in the middle of the day when my body is craving more fuel. By noontime, I’ve usually still got 5 hours left to go in my workday and in my line of work (running an I.T. dept.) I need to stay focused and alert to avoid those mid-afternoon crashes. To accomplish this I make sure to have a power-packed lunch every single day week. I know many of you (like myself) may not feel you have the time to get yourself together a nutritious lunch each day, so I asked my wife if she had any suggestions for my readers. My wife is the person in my family behind getting us all fed properly in a timely manner. Here are a few pointers she came up w/ for you.

Organization – Take a few extra minutes at the end of each week to make a list of lunches that you’d like to enjoy in the upcoming week.

“Shop On Sunday” – Between work, taking the kids to after school activities, making your appointments and everything else that goes on during the week who has time to shop? Make it a point to get your shopping out of the way on Sunday. For most Sunday is a rest and relaxation day and you can easily fit a 1/2 hour trip to the grocery store in at some point during the day. This way your ingredients stay fresh all week to make the delicious healthy lunch recipes you whip together not just great but AWESOME!

Preparation – Make some time in the evening either while you’re cooking dinner or after you cook dinner to gather your lunch together for the next day. This way you can get up and take care of the morning duties w/o having to rush around like a chicken w/ it’s head cut off.

Take this advice and run w/ it. I truly believe that you will see an incredible spike in your afternoon energy level that will have you looking forward to the rest of your day. Plus healthy lunch recipes aren’t just fun to make, they’re even MORE fun to eat!

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In conclusion, it is easy to see that you can benefit greatly not just from eating, but also the effort of preparing your own lunch. Healthy lunch recipes are easy to find, worthwhile to prepare, and great for your body and mind. They can help you to follow directions, schedule your time better, and think ahead. The benefits of making your mid-day meals can be seen in many aspects of your life, from your health to your productivity. You can learn a better way of providing your body’s nourishment, find a better place to buy your food, and be the envy of everyone else at the office at the same time. Bon App├ętit!

 

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