National Healthy Lunch Day

posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

National Healthy Lunch Day

There is tremendous confusion about what to eat—what's healthful and what's not. Often the food choices people make are full of calories, yet lack the nutritional value the body needs. The result is expanding waistlines, low energy and rising rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity-related illnesses. Our goal is to help companies, organizations, and communities inspire, encourage and empower employees and members to eat healthy lunches. To get you started we have included quick tips for a healthy lunch,  whether your at home or away. 

6 tips for packing a healthy lunch:

One simple (and affordable) step to better health is to bring a good-for-you lunch from home. Here’s how:

  1. On the weekend, decide what you will eat for lunch for the week and add it to your grocery list. That way, it’s quick and easy to grab healthy choices when you pack your lunch.
  2. Consider batch-cooking on the weekend. Make a big pot of chili, soup, or a big bowl of whole-grain and veggie salad. These will keep for a few days in the fridge and can be eaten throughout the week for lunch.
  3. Take five minutes every night (or morning) to pack something healthy for the day.
  4. Use portable containers—such as a lunchbox, thermos, and various containers with tight-fitting lids—to pack and take your healthy lunch. Extra-small containers come in handy for single servings of peanut butter or salad dressings. 
  5. Remember food safety—if you don’t have access to a refrigerator to store your lunch, insert a cold pack into the lunch box and be sure to choose foods that will stay fresh and yummy from the time you pack them until it’s time to eat lunch.
  6. For days you can’t pack lunch, keep some non-perishable healthy options at your desk, such as light tuna in water, whole wheat crackers, no-sugar-added canned fruit, popcorn, and nuts.How to Build a Better Sandwich

Nutritious eating on the go while getting from place A to place B can be a challenge. Here are tips for eating right at the airport and on the road:

  1. Planning ahead saves you time and money. Having snacks on hand will help keep temptation at bay during delays and layovers. Slip some of these security-friendly snacks into your carry-on …
  • Nuts
  • Apples or grapes
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Granola bar
  • Peanut butter sandwich
  1. Save money on drinks by bringing a reusable empty water bottle. Bottled water is more expensive in the airport. Fill up your water bottle at a drinking fountain (after you pass through security screening, if flying).
  2. Many airport eateries—both fast food and sit down restaurants—offer healthier choices these days. If your travels are long, do a bit of research online to see what’s available at your layover airport.
  3. Keep these healthful tips in mind when ordering at a restaurant:
  • Order the smallest sandwich, without cheese and sauces.
  • Request all sauces and dressings on the side, and don’t use the entire portion.
  • Choose a smaller-size lunch portion, if available.
  • Split the main dish if the servings are large.
  • Split the main dish if the servings are large.
  • Avoid fried meats and sides.
  • Ask for a salad or vegetables instead of fries.

We hope your organization will participate in the annual National Healthy Lunch Day™, held September 19, 2017. 

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