I’m going to help you pack your lunch. Ok – I won’t come over and make the sandwich for you. But I will tell you what you should put in your brown bag if you want to stay healthy. We found this in Time Magazine.
- The first item in your lunch: The sandwich. Ditch the packaged cold cuts. Most of them are full of sodium and fat. Instead, fill your sandwich with fresh slices of turkey or chicken – you can cook them yourself or get them from the grocery store deli. Water-packed tuna is also a good choice. And don’t skimp on the vegetables! Top your meat with dark leafy lettuce, tomatoes, and bell peppers – all of these are a great source of disease-fighting antioxidants. And choose wheat over white bread – but make sure the package says ‘100 percent whole wheat.’
- Fruit. Skip the applesauce and fruit cups – they usually contain a ton of sugar. Instead, munch on an actual piece of fruit – like an apple or an orange. And step away from the Fruit Roll-Up. It’s also packed with sugar and calories.
- A side dish. A lot of people have chips with their sandwich, but they’re loaded with fat and calories. What’s the healthier choice? Try a small bag of carrots or a carton of low-fat yogurt. Both are good sources of fiber – which’ll help you feel full so you don’t make a mid-afternoon dash for the vending machine.
- And the final item in a healthy lunch: The drink. Repeat after me. NO SODA! It’s full of sugar and calories, and contains no nutritional value. What should you drink? Have a carton of skim milk – it’ll give your body the calcium it needs to keep your immune system working properly. Another good choice? Plain ole water.