When it comes to important meals, breakfast and dinner get a lot of attention, but let’s not forget our midday meal! In countries such as Spain, lunch is often the largest meal of the day. Even if a large, leisurely lunch doesn’t fit with your workday, making time for a healthy, balanced lunch goes a long way in a healthy day. Today we’re giving you the scoop on lunch (plus some bonus tips and tricks for making easy and delicious lunches!).
We get it, in a busy day it may be tempting to forgo a lunch break and just power through with a few snacks on hand. While balanced snacks can come to the rescue in a pinch, skipping meals is not an ideal long-term plan. By having regularly timed meals, we provide our bodies with enough energy to make it through the day, keeping blood sugar and hormones stable. Skipping meals can slow down the metabolism as your body tries to conserve energy, and may even make it harder to lose weight if you’re trying to. Not only that, but missed meals lead to draggy afternoons and the risk of overeating at your next meal as your body tries to replenish the energy it drained. Looking to avoid that midday crash? Let’s talk lunch!
One of the simplest ways to ensure you have a healthy lunch is to pack your own. Bringing your own lunch is loaded with benefits, including control over ingredients (like salt), portion size, and cost (BYO-lunch is almost always more affordable than eating out). Worried about having time to prep and pack lunch? Fear not, we’re here to help make it easy.