Even though I am in the process of trying to use up a lot of the food in my house, I have still found a few times this week, I have had rather balanced lunches. I’m using up what I have because I am ready to start experimenting with new foods and trying out some new recipes in the next few weeks.
To me, a “balanced lunch” covers at least a few of the “food groups” which I don’t necessarily ascribe to, but I definitely appreciate the variety and the nutrients that come from eating this way.
Case in Point # 1
Tuna (protein) in a pita pocket (grain) with carrots (veggie) + Laughing Cow cheese (milk/calcium) and some cherries (fruit).
I found this lunch to be really satisfying too, which made me think balanced lunches are the way to go 🙂
Case in Point #2
PB&J (protein) on whole wheat bread (grains) with a banana (fruit) and veggies + cheese (milk/calcium). I actually only ate the celery and a few carrots out of this bag and then put the rest in the fridge for another day. This lunch was not quite as satisfying as the tuna (PB&J never seems to fill me up for long) but it still felt good to get a variety of food in at lunch. It also took me almost an hour to eat this, which likely promoted my fullness, even if it was still short lived.
How about you? What makes a good lunch for you? Do you like to balance your meals out?