A Handy Guide to a Healthy Packed Lunch
With a bit of prep, you can go healthy with your packed meals.
Preparing a complete, nutritious, and tasty packed lunch every day can be very challenging. Here's a no-fail guide on how to do it:
Starches and whole grains are essential in keeping your energy up throughout the whole day. Healthy carbohydrates options are readily-available in any grocery nowadays: whole-grain pasta, brown rice, and sweet potato wedges are great choices for baon!
Don't scrimp on protein-it will help you feel full longer and it plays a big part in keeping your body strong and healthy. Grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, and sliced ham will taste great with a variety of starches you can pack them with.
Getting the recommended amount of veggies everyday can be difficult during the lunch rush! Sautéed dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale, are not only delicious but are super quick to prepare. If you're running low on prep time, chop up a serving of carrot sticks or roast a head of broccoli.
Luckily, we live in a tropical country where fresh fruits are pantry staples. Bananas, apples, and grapes keep well in lunchboxes and are perfect for baon. Make your packed lunch more exciting when seasonal fruits come around like avocados, mangoes, and chico!
Avoid binge-eating and prepare a small bag of granola, almonds, or wheat crackers for those long hours in between lunch and dinner. Also, remember to keep hydrated with lots of water! Proper hydration will help keep cravings at bay.
Infographic by Kristina Catap.