Looking to eat healthier at lunchtime? Your best bet for a low-sugar lunch is to either bring your lunch from home or quickly whip up something in the kitchen. But what would be considered a healthy lunch, and what are some healthy lunch habits you can set to lose weight? Below we listed some of our tried-and-true healthy lunch habits to lose weight that you can rely on when the midday meal rolls around. And for more healthy eating tips, be sure to check out our list of 15 Underrated Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work.
Don’t let the seemingly “good” bread fool you—the grocery store shelves are full of unhealthy breads masking to be healthy. “Wheat” breads, “multi-grain” breads, “7/9/12 grain” breads—they all offer the promise of whole-grain goodness, but often the reality is so much less than what’s advertised. Many restaurants (such as Panera) make their “whole wheat” bread with mostly white flour.
Instead, look for the words “100% whole grain” when selecting an armature for your sandwich. And make sure there is no added sugar.
Here are the 10 Healthiest Breads for Weight Loss.
Breakfast is fruit time. Dinner is, often, starch time. Make lunch vegetable time—opt for a salad, pile that sandwich high with produce, or look for other ways to get greens into your midday meal. Here are 12 Surprising Vegetables That Become Healthier When They’re Cooked.
Lunch has a job, and that job is to tide you over until dinner without your getting so ravenously hungry that you stop for a slice of pepperoni pizza on your way home. Protein, fiber, and healthy fat are the three hunger quenchers to look for: a salad with olive oil and vinegar (none of that fat-free stuff) and a protein source like turkey or nuts will help keep your belly from rumbling.
Those paper-thin wraps that seem so much healthier than bread are almost always loaded with calories, thanks to the fat that’s needed to make them pliable—a large wrap can be the carb and calorie equivalent of four or five slices of bread.
This genius idea was pioneered by Jason Lawless, once the executive chef at White Street restaurant in Tribeca. To build a mason jar salad that you can bring from home without it getting soggy, put the dressing at the bottom of a mason jar, and then add protein (like chicken, cheese, salmon chunks, or turkey slices). After that, add your larger veggies (such as tomatoes or peppers), and then top with greens. Seal the jar and, when you’re ready to eat, simply turn it upside down on a plate.
A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that mid-morning snackers tend to eat more throughout the day than…