Saturday, July 9, 2011

Make your lunch healthy

We load up on oat bran in the morning so we'll live forever. Then we spend the rest of the day living like there's no tomorrow. ~Lee Iacocca

Whenever I ask someone about their diet, they tend to tell me about the most healthy thing that they do in the day like; having a healthy breakfast or having only salad in dinner.

How many of us actually pay any attention to our lunch?

Make your lunch healthy; use these easy strategies

Carry lunch from home- this helps to control the quality & amount of food you eat. One inadvertently opts for a fresh and healthier choice when one carries his/her lunchbox to work. You can make healthy mixes like dal daliya, if you know you will lack time for a proper sit down at lunch.

Eat healthy snacks- Having fruits, vegetable salad, low fat yogurt and dry fruit mix at your desk instead of cans of colas or cups of coffee will keep up your energy levels and fill you up with essential nutrients and fiber.

Have correct portions of food- Protein rich foods( dals, lentils, beans, peas, tofu, paneer etc), carbohydrate rich foods (basically breads, rice, dosa, idli, chappati etc.) with vegetables (gourds, leafy vegetables etc.) will make a good Indian meal any given day.

Avoid fried & fatty foods- these make you feel drowsy in the afternoon which makes you reach for that large coffee mug. So malai kofta, wadas, pakoras, fried chicken, tikki- chole, bhature etc. are not the choices of food you want to have.

Take time for lunch- Hurried eating leads to improper digestion and may result in bloating & flatulence. Try to fix a proper lunch time and avoid office work during lunch hour.

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