“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” for Lunch

Mar 17, 2014
Tagged with: “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” for Lunch

While trying to come up with ideas for this week’s blog, I was thinking back to what I had for lunch the past few days and if I really enjoyed what I was eating. I couldn’t even remember what I ate for lunch some days! To be honest, during the week I’m always working while I’m eating…that doesn’t really make for an enjoyable lunch. I imagine many of you can relate. In my opinion, this can be a downfall for some people – I mean if you only have 5 minutes to eat, you need something fast which is not always healthy or you might skip lunch all together.  And then if you work while you eat, you may eat way more than intended just because you’re distracted. Lunch should be a time to relax and reboot to finish the day off strong…but that’s not always possible.

To make sure you’re at least getting good nutrition for lunch, I suggest you pack your lunch in the morning or the night before. My favorite lunches are leftovers by far! But if I don’t have leftovers, I usually pack one of these:

  • Salad with deli meat or rotisserie chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, avocado, and walnuts. I don’t really like store bought salad dressing so instead I pack olive oil and vinegar (balsamic, red wine, or apple cider) in a small container.
  • Turkey or ham wrap – whole wheat tortilla, Dijon mustard, deli meat, spinach, and chopped veggies on the side (add to wrap at lunchtime so the wrap doesn’t get soggy).
  • Chicken pasta salad – whole grain pasta (cooked the night before), rotisserie chicken, mozzarella cheese, chopped tomatoes and cucumber, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

So keep the celebration going for National Nutrition Month® and enjoy the taste of eating lunch! How do you enjoy your lunch while eating right? Don’t forget to join NCHPAD’s taste challenge this month by sharing your yummy meal ideas and tips on Facebook and Twitter.  Just add the hash tag #NCHPADtastechallenge and the person with the tastiest idea will be featured in my blog at the end of March.

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Nutrition Month®, 2014. http://www.eatright.org/nnm/.

Author: Carleton Rivers



  • bobl07

    Thanks for the tip. Lunch is almost non-existent for me. I know this cannot be good for a person that works out 2 to 3 times a week. I appreciate any tips or ideas to make this a priority.

  • http://www.blog.nchpad.org/ Carleton Rivers

    Yes lunch is very important for you! A deli wrap might be perfect for a quick lunch that fits into your schedule.