What does your average lunch look like?
Eating healthy doesn't have to be hard. There are lots of opportunities hiding in plain sight if you're interested in sneaking more healthy foods into your daily diet.
(Or if you're interested in sneaking more healthy foods into someone else's diet!)
By finding calorie-conscious ways to alter your average lunch, you can give your body essential vitamins and minerals you might otherwise be missing out on. And the best part? It's incredibly easy and delicious to do.
Here are 5 foods you can sneak into any lunch to give yourself (or a loved one's) day an extra healthy boost!
Avocados are a delicious source of nearly 20 different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients including heart-healthy essential fats that just might help you live longer. They're also low in sugar and high in fiber, so you'll stay fuller longer and successfully avoid those snack cravings that tend to sink in between lunch and dinner.
2. Fresh orange juice (with pulp)
Fresh orange juice (with pulp for the extra fiber) is a fantastic midday beverage option. Not only will it help curb any sweet tooth cravings you might have, but it's also rich in vitamin C. What's more, orange juice may be linked to reduced inflammation which can lower one's chances of chronic disease.
Banana's, like orange juice, can also satisfy a sweet tooth with their natural sugars. Including a banana with your meal at lunch could lead to more sustained energy throughout the afternoon. Plus, bananas are loaded with potassium, which is an excellent way to lower blood pressure and reduce one's chance of heart disease. Did we mention they're delicious?
The humble blackberry makes an excellent addition to every lunch and can be easily included on its own. These antioxidant-rich berries may be linked to improved brain health, as studies have shown their potential to fight free radicals and even improve memory. Sneak this delicious fruit into your lunch and you can look forward to sailing through that meeting or acing your finals!
5. Whole grain bread
Bread is already a staple of many lunches, but what kind of bread you eat is incredibly important. Lots of white loaves of bread are packed with added sugars that can stall your weight loss progress, which is why we're advocating for the whole-grain variety. Their high dietary fiber content will help keep you feeling full throughout the day, and many brands are a good source of heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fats.
But before you make any changes to your diet...
Make sure you use the FitTrack Dara to understand what your body composition is like. Once you've established a baseline, you can make adjustments to your daily nutrition plan (or lunch habits!) and monitor your reports to see what changes!
If you haven't started monitoring your health with FitTrack, we have good news.
It's never too late!