By Jenny Guivens MS, RD, CDE, U.S. Air Force Academy Health Promotions
Lunch is an important time to refuel, rejuvenate and recharge. By making healthy choices, with a little planning, you will feel awesome, ward off the afternoon "fog" and munchies, and likely even save money.
By Sally Vickers & Leisha Ferguson, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center
For many years, we've heard, "Eat your breakfast, because it's the most important meal of the day." Although this has been instilled in many of us, there are also those individuals that choose to skip breakfast for various reasons.
When the mid-afternoon energy slump has you reaching for refined grain-based snacks, such as a granola bar, crackers or pretzels, you may experience a quick surge of renewal, but at the expense of good nutrition and feeling full. In comparison, veggies, fruit, nuts and other plant-based whole foods yield vitamins C and E, beta carotene and fiber.
Preparing a well-balanced daily meal doesn't have to be an all-day ordeal. By planning out your meals on a weekly basis, you will find that you save money and time, have less stress and most likely eat healthier.
Recipe adapted from Healthy Eats and Repeats, University of Illinois Extension, Dewitt, Macon and Piatt Counties
Salads are an exciting way to increase your intake of vegetables and fruits. The variety is limitless and if you choose wisely, salads are satisfying and even help you eat fewer calories and sodium throughout the day.