Bitching Doesn’t Burn Calories
1. Control. Do you ever wait in the lunch line only to find when you get to the front that you don’t like what they’re serving? So you reach for pizza again. A healthy packed lunch lets you avoid the lunch line (and any temptations). Bringing your own lunch also lets you control exactly what goes into the food you eat.
2. Variety. It doesn’t hurt to cave in and enjoy the occasional serving of pizza and hot dogs. But if you’re eating these foods all the time, your body probably feels ready for a change. A packed lunch a couple of times a week means you can enjoy some favorites that you might not find at every school — like a piping hot thermos of your mom’s chicken soup; hummus and pita bread; or some crisp, farm-stand apples.
3. Energy. If you have a big game or activity after school, plan a lunch and snacks that combine lean proteins with carbohydrates to give you lasting energy and keep you going through the late afternoon. Some ideas: your own “trail” mix of dried fruit and nuts or sunflower seeds, whole-grain pretzels and low-fat cheese, or a bagful of baby carrots and yogurt dip.
4. Money. Packing your lunch will save you money—no doubt about it. And I’m talking hundreds of dollars in cold hard cash! Think about it. How much do you spend when you go out to eat? $5 per meal? $10? $15? Multiply that times 20 (5 days per week times four weeks per month). Yikes! A packed lunch, such as a turkey sandwich, baked chips, a piece of fruit and some carrot sticks will run you about three bucks. You’ll be saving money you could spend on something else fun. Reward yourself! How about a shopping trip? New electronic? Running shoes? Or some cool lunch-packing supplies?!5. Health. Whether you grab fast food or sit down at a fancy restaurant, you are probably consuming more fat and calories than you need. Instead, you can pack your lunch and know exactly what you are eating. Pack whole fresh foods that are high in nutrients and health benefits.So what are you waiting for? Bring your own lunch!
When you are trying to lose weight, you also want to stay healthy. The way to accomplish both goals is to choose the right foods. You can start with the best foods for a healthy diet. They are nutritious, and will help you shed unwanted pounds.
Egg Sunny Side Up, Spinach & Mushrooms
This egg and veggie combo gives your body everything it needs in the mornings. The bread will keep you full until lunch and the protein from the egg will give you energy. Plus, nutrient-rich spinach is one of the best leafy greens to start off your day.
Plain Greek Yogurt, Blueberries & a Sprinkle of Cinnamon
If you have a sweet tooth, this one is for you. You will get a protein and probiotic boost from the Greek yogurt, and major antioxidants from the blueberries. Instead of using sugary honey on top, I sprinkled a pinch of cinnamon for a low-calorie kick.
Peanut Butter & Strawberries
While it may be simple, this energy breakfast is satisfying and delicious. Peanut butter on toast is one of my go-to snacks, but I like to add in some vitamin C-rich strawberries to help boost my immune system.
Egg Sunny Side Up, Avocado & Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Being a self-professed avocado addict, this last recipe is my favorite of the four. Simply spread avocado on your bread, sprinkle some crushed red pepper, and top it off with an egg. The avocado will give your body healthy fats that promote shiny hair and glowing skin and the red pepper will give your metabolism a little boost too. If you’re a Sriracha fan, feel free to sub the spicy sauce for the crushed red pepper.