Putting Together a Healthy Lunch Plate
One of the secrets to achieving a fit body with the optimum weight lies in what we eat. When combined with regular exercise, a meal made up of healthy components and correct proportions determines how much weight we gain or lose.
One of the meals that we have during the day is our lunch. Since there is a long interval between lunch and dinner, it is important to choose meals that are not just healthy, but also packed with energy because this will sustain our body until our next meal. Eating healthy, high-energy food also helps reduce our cravings for sweets during this interval.
But how do we choose what to put in our plates for this particular meal?
First, you should have a lot of vegetables in there. About one-third of your plate, to be exact. Most people do this by eating salads or by having it as a side dish. There are other ways to add veggies to your meals; steaming and blanching are perfect options for weight-watchers who do not want to add too much seasonings. But if you’re the more adventurous type, Google is your friend. There are so many recipes available. Did you know that in Korea and Japan, they make “vegetable pancakes?”
Add some protein to your lunch. Do not ever forget about the protein! Otherwise, it will be senseless to eat that much veggies because in an hour or two, you’ll either be hungry again, or craving for a snack. Protein gives us energy which is why it’s crucial for you to add a quarter of this to every lunch plate. Grilled chicken is a popular option, but you can have some fish, beef, beans, or even pork, too! If you’re eating pork or beef, just make sure that you choose the lean parts. Making a salad? A good way to add protein to it is by putting some eggs, crushed nuts, or cheese. Yogurt is also rich in protein; some people use this as dressing.
You need starch, too! Yes, carbs. Not just any kind of carbs, though. If you can stick to whole grain or the less processed ones, then that is better. Rice, sweet potatoes, and pasta are popular choices. Ideally, this food group should not exceed a quarter of your plate.
Put a rainbow of colors on your plate by adding fruits. Fruits are good sources of vitamins and antioxidants. Essentially, you can eat as much fruit as you want because they are low in calories but if you are watching your sugar intake, it’s better to keep it to about one-sixth of your plate.
So, there you have it! Putting together a healthy lunch plate is easier than you thought, isn’t it? It looks complicated at first, but consistency will eventually help you understand that it is not that hard to stick to this everyday. With so many options for protein, carbs, fruits and vegetables, you can surely create a variety of lunch meals that are delicious, sustainable, and most importantly, healthy!