Get tips that give your lunch staying power so you don't suffer an afternoon slump

lunch tips

Running on empty by mid-afternoon?

The key to staying satisfied, energized and focused is packing the right mix of foods in your lunchbox.

Here are 5 lunch tips to keep you going strong so you avoid an afternoon slump:

1. Pump up the protein

Protein supplies magnesium, zinc and iron.

Include lean meat and plant-based sources like chicken, salmon, tuna, eggs, beans, lentils or nuts for solid nutrition and appetite satisfaction.

2. Load up on veggies

Vegetables contain a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Include fresh, roasted or steamed veggies on sandwiches, bowls and salads or pair with your favorite dip.

3. Go whole

When it comes to grains, whole grains are where it's at.

The nutrients and fiber they contain help boost brain power and keep your appetite at bay.

4. Add some fruit

Don't forget fresh fruit, like grapes, melon, bananas, berries, oranges or apples.

They provide natural sweetness with no added sugars, plus powerful antioxidants.

5. Repurpose leftovers

Packing healthy dinner leftovers for lunch saves time and money.

You'll have a healthy lunch while reducing waste. Reheat to a minimum of 165°F before eating.

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