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Do you have trouble when it comes to making healthy choices at lunchtime? I’ve got Four Tips for a Healthier Lunchtime that are sure to get you on the right track for eating healthier during the day! #LoveLunchIn #CollectiveBias
When it comes to eating lunch, are you often looking through the fridge wondering what to eat? Do you go out to eat a few too many times during the week? Do your kids tend to dictate whether you’ll be eating chicken nuggets, or mac and cheese for the 9000th time? I’m here to tell ya that I’ve faced all of these lunchtime dilemmas and I’ve learned that there are ways to beat the lunchtime rut. I’ve got 4 Tips for a Healthier Lunchtime and ways to get you on the right track!
Tip #1: Plan ahead for lunchtime. I know this sounds really simple, but sometimes we forget about lunch. Yes, we’ve always got our breakfast food ready to go in the pantry, and our freezers are always stocked with what we’re going to have for dinner, but do you prepare for lunch in the same way? Stock your pantry with some delicious, ready to heat soups like these Campbell’s Slow Kettle Soups. They’re super flavorful, healthy (just over 100 calories per serving for the Fiesta Chicken Lime Tortilla Soup!!) and read to eat when you are.
I also like to keep lots of fruits and veggies, washed, sliced and ready to go in my fridge. If you pack your lunch for work, this is something you can separate into single servings for your entire week. Think carrots, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and all of your other favorites. Now that fresh pineapple is in season, I love grabbing one, slicing it up and having it ready to eat for lunch and snacks any time of day!
You can find Campbell’s Slow Kettle Soups at your local Walmart in the Soup aisle. They’re fantastic to grab and to stock your pantry for great lunch options. I’ve also got a coupon for the Campbell’s Slow Kettle Soups here.
Tip #2: Allot time in your day for lunch. I know this may sound silly, but how many of you actually go about your day and simply forget to eat lunch? You might be taking care of your kids, or get stuck in a meeting or long conference call, and then look at the time!! This happens way more often then you might think, and it happens to me all the time. Come 2:30 in the afternoon and I realize I’m starving because I’ve yet to sit down for lunch. If you need to, set an alarm on your phone. This is a good way to remind yourself that its lunchtime. It’s also a good way to break up your day, and take a little time for yourself.
Tip #3: Grab a Plate and a Seat. How many of us mindlessly eat standing at the kitchen counter? Do you eat in your car, because you’re on your way from one errand to the next? I have to say I’m very guilty of these unhealthy habits. When we stand at the kitchen counter or eat in our cars, its very easy to eat WAYYYYY more than a regular serving of food. Actually getting out a plate, and fixing yourself a cup of soup and a delicious plate of fruit and veggies is much more appetizing (and healthier) than eating right from the bag of chips at the pantry. Sitting down also helps us be more mindful about our eating – it helps us slow down. Adding a cold, refreshing glass of water will also help us eat healthier portions at lunchtime.
Tip #4: Turn off the screens when you’re eating. I know, I know….I’m VERY guilty of this one. However, this is especially important when we are with our families. Eliminate the distraction and noise that comes from these electronic devices – we don’t need it! Lunchtime should be a break – it should be a time of refuge from the outside world. We don’t need the TV blaring, our smartphones or tablets sending us the latest e-mail and social media alerts. We can check all of those later. Take the time to sit down, breathe, relax for a moment, and enjoy an actual meal. Have an actual conversation with your kids or coworkers. It will make your mealtime so much more meaningful and enjoyable.
I hope that with these 4 Easy Tips, you’ll be able to get on track for making healthier choices at lunch. Even if you can implement one or two at a time, I can assure your quality of life will be better! Give it a try – grab some soup and enjoy a few moments in the middle of your day to nourish your body and mind!
Do you have a good lunchtime tip that has been helpful for you? I would love to hear it! Let us know in the comments.