Sometimes life gets busy and we forget to bring a lunch to work. Sometimes we look in our pantry and feel like we don't have all the ingredients to make a lunch. Sometimes we simply just don't want to bring a lunch to work. This can lead to feelings of guilt because we did not eat the "healthiest" meal or more stress because now it's lunch time and we don't know what to eat. If this sounds like you- don't worry! You can still create a satisfying, balanced meal by following this tip.
Aim for 3 or more different food groups.
The different food groups are fruits, vegetables, proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Each food group is important for your health. When you include three or more food groups, you are providing your body with a variety of vitamins and minerals. By eating the correct combination, and not too much or too little of anything, you can maintain a healthy weight, fight disease, and provide your body and brain with energy to tackle the day.
When you include three or more food groups, you are providing your body with a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Everyone's meals may look different depending on taste and cultural preferences. As long as you aim for three or more food groups, you will have a balanced meal to fuel you.
Balanced Meal Examples
Chicken (protein) + carrots/broccoli (vegetables) + French fries (carb)
Canned tuna (protein) + crackers (carb) + sliced apples (fruit)
Beef taco (protein + carb) topped with avocado (fat) and salsa (vegetable)
Every time you create a balanced meal for lunch, take a picture of the meal. This will help you build "go-to" meals that taste great and are balanced. Share these photos with your friends and colleagues to help them create balanced lunch meals!