What you eat for lunch can make or break you for the day. You need to eat the right food combination to maintain the energy all day long. So make sure you do not chow down on these foods during your lunch.
White bread: While a sandwich can make for a healthy and satisfying midday meal, you need to avoid eating white bread. White bread has a high glycemic index and very little fibre which will spike your blood sugar, making the afternoon slump hit you hard. Make the switch to whole grain bread instead.
Mayonnaise: Just one tablespoon of mayonnaise can rack you up with 100 calories. You can instead go for sauces like pesto for your sandwich which contains more minerals and more filling fibre.
Flavoured yoghurt: Most flavoured sugar varieties pack a ton of added sugar with very little fibre and protein, so basically you are eating a cup of empty calories. Opt for unflavoured Greek yoghurt with more fibre and protein.
A giant portion of pasta: Eating a giant portion of white pasta for lunch won’t keep you satiated for the rest of the day. Plus, a giant plate of pasta can make you feel extremely sluggish. If you like pasta, opt for a serving of whole grain pasta and fill the rest of your plate with sautéed vegetables and chicken.
Chicken with leafy greens: You may think that chicken salad is the healthiest lunch but eating just chicken and lettuce deprives you of all the carbohydrates and fat that help you feel full for longer. Add some legumes, beans or chickpeas to your salad for a healthy boost of fibre and carbohydrates.
Chips: Chips add only empty calories to your meal with no fibre or protein. Just about 15 chips clocks in 150 calories. If you like something crunchy for lunch, go for roasted chickpeas instead.