Light Lunch Love

My best bet for staying fit and healthy is to have a high protein, light gluten free lunch. Sometimes I’ll go out for lunch, but I mostly make a small meal at home because I can control portions and quality much more easily.

Eating light for lunch is super satisfying, plus quick to prepare and clean up! I often make tuna salad lettuce wraps, or a salad with chicken and tomatoes. A small cheeseburger—no bun—is a good standby when I’m craving extra protein. And if I’m in a hurry, I’ll make Progresso or Amy’s gluten free soup, though I try to make my own Vegetable Soup at least once a week. It lasts for a few days in the fridge, and I get the enjoyment and ease of leftovers! Cold cut roll-ups with a side of cottage cheese and pineapple, or hummus and carrots works well too.

If I dine out, Thai or sushi is a safe bet and there are two local places that I LOVE. One of my favorites is Bangkok Thai. I get their vegetable soup or Nam Sod. Nam Sod is minced chicken dressed with lime juice, scallion, red onion, fresh ginger and cashew nuts. They are fast and the waitress knows our order by heart. And for sushi my first choice is Bluefin Express. They even have a roll named after me that they make with avocado, cucumber and shrimp. It’s delicious!

A small, low-carb meal at midday is going to keep you energized and focused through the afternoon slump.

You know that time when you crave your 3p cup of coffee, or decide to visit the office vending machine. And usually you want that coffee and sweet or salty snack because you need a lift from the crash-and-burn from your heavy sandwich or pasta… especially if that weighty lunch was fast food.

My web designer Kristen sometimes makes a smoothie or a fresh juice for lunch with whatever she has on hand, and my friend Charlie ate only an apple for lunch—every day for 50 years—and prides himself on his 32-inch waist. Talk about keeping it light! He once told me how anxious he’d get whenever he had to attend a business lunch meeting. He didn’t want to eat, but had to. So incredibly disciplined.

Whatever you fancy for lunch—no matter if you’re out or at home—keep it light with the freshest foods you can find. Eat lots of protein, fiber, and healthy carbs, which boost your metabolism and keep you feeling full all day. Stay away from processed foods, and go for the unsweetened iced tea, or water, for a beverage. But most of all… take a break and reboot. 🙂

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