Making time to eat lunch at all is the first step to ensure you stay fueled for the rest of the day. The second, and equally important step, is picking the right foods. Opting for chicken nuggets with a side of fries will satisfy you momentarily, but you’ll just wind up consuming too many calories and feeling sluggish. If, on the other hand, you fill your plate with healthy lunch foods, you’ll have a much more successful end to the day.
If these seven healthy lunch foods aren’t in your lineup, it’s time to give your midday meal a makeover.
1. Broth-based soup
More a category than a specific food, soup is one of the best midday meals you can eat. The key is to opt for broth-based versions. Eating Well explains these varieties fill you up without weighing you down thanks to high water content. If you need some ideas for versions to make at home, check out some simple recipes from Prevention. If you’re eating out, steer clear of creamy soups. Most restaurants offer plenty of healthy options and are happy to answer questions about ingredients.