Catching up on emails. Taking personal calls. Surfing the web. According to Americans, these are all reasons for skipping lunch at the office.
More than 2 in 5 report taking a lunch break that’s 30 minutes or less and 29% work through their lunch break entirely.
March is National Nutrition Month and also the perfect time to get your lunch game back on top. Eating lunch is necessary for our health (and sanity).
But what do you pack in your grown-up lunchbox? For starters, your meal should contain at least two of the following food groups:
• Lean protein
• Complex carbohydrates
• Low-fat or nonfat dairy
Try one of these three easy lunches — no culinary expertise required! Before you get busy cooking, take note of our ingredient superstars.
1. Zesty Shrimp and Black Bean Salad
Protein Power: Shrimp, black beans
VIP Vegetables: Bell Pepper, cherry tomatoes
Compelling Carbohydrate: Whole wheat tortilla
2. Watermelon Gazpacho
Famous Fruit: Watermelon
Dynamic Dairy: Feta
3. Asian Chopped Kale Salad
Protein Power: Edamame, avocado
VIP Vegetables: Kale, snow peas
In case of emergency, stash some of these smart snacks in your office drawer:
• Whole grain crackers
• Peanut butter
• Crunchy veggies and hummus
• Apples and bananas
Hopefully now you won’t think twice about skipping meal #2. A nutrient-rich lunch is sure to keep you smiling wide until dinnertime.