If you’re trying to lose weight, you might it challenging to eat healthy, low calorie, low fat meals at lunch on work days. Many people enjoy dining out at lunch time with their coworkers. Not only do they enjoy a tasty meal, they also enjoy the opportunity to socialize with friends and colleagues.
Unfortunately, many restaurants do not serve much diet-friendly food. Even healthy-sounding dishes like salads may be loaded with fat and calories.
You can still enjoy delicious lunches and lose weight simply by packing a lunch to take with you to work. Encourage some of your friends and colleagues to brown bag it too and you can enjoy lunch together in the company break room or at a nearby park in nice weather. Try these tips to ensure you have a tasty, nutritious lunch that will support your weight loss efforts
Pack a Variety of Flavors and Textures
Include a variety of flavors and textures in each lunch so you don’t get bored. If you include sweet creamy yogurt, also take some salty crunchy pumpkin seeds. If you take a sweet crisp peach, also take some zippy soft pepper jack cheese.
Think Beyond the Simple Sandwich
No one wants to eat the same old thing day after day. Well, all right, maybe a few people do… but you probably don’t. Turkey sandwiches with low fat cheese on whole wheat bread may be healthy, sure. But you’ll get tired of eating them every day and be tempted to toss your brownbag lunch and head for the nearest diner instead.
Instead of plain bread, try serving your meat and cheese in pita pockets, wrapped in tortillas, on bagels or on English muffins. Spice up sandwiches with a variety of sauces and spreads such as low fat cream cheese, low fat ranch dressing, fat free Italian dressing, hummus and low fat ricotta cheese. Add flavor and texture by adding a variety of veggies to sandwiches, including alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, sliced cucumber, grated carrots and diced avocado.
Of course, you are not limited to sandwiches for lunch. Consider packing salads, yogurt and fruit parfaits, soups, stews, chili, leftovers from last night’s dinner and anything else you fancy.
Don’t Skimp on the Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and veggies are a way you can add volume to your meals without adding many calories. Eat a wide variety of fruits and veggies so you don’t get bored. Consider apples, oranges and bananas, but also more exotic fruits like kiwis, melons, berries, papayas and mangos. Carrot and celery sticks are good, but also consider veggies like peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower and sugar snap peas.
Invest in the Right Lunch Gear
Invest in some low cost plastic dishes with lids in various sizes. If you do not have a refrigerator available at work, invest in a padded lunch bag and some ice packs to keep food cold and fresh. If you do not have a microwave available at work, you can simply pack cold or room temperature foods or you can also purchase a few thermoses in different sizes to keep soups, stews, chili and other hot dishes hot.
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