“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a plate of food, school lunch box or lunch bag for hubby, what you put inside is what counts. It is very important to regularly eat a well-balanced meal throughout the day. It maintains stable blood-sugar levels, which in turn gives us ongoing concentration and energy. Eleanor The Dietician shows us how to create a healthy well-balanced lunch, that’s easy to put together.of
Before we have a look at your lunch, we need to start with your breakfast, as that’s what get’s your metabolism going. A lot of people struggle with eating breakfast soon after getting up in the mornings. It is important to eat in the first 2 hours after waking up, even if it is only when you arrive at work. It also doesn’t necessarily have to be porridge, you could enjoy two slices of toast or even 6 Provitas.
Just remember to keep it low GI, as that is what will give you continuous concentration, energy as well as keep you feeling full for longer. Low GI stands for low glucose index, which means it’s released into your blood stream at a slower rate, keeping your blood-sugar levels even, instead of spiking between high and low.
If we look at lunch time, there are certain things that make up a well-balanced meal. If you have kids in school and they eat little bits throughout the day, make sure to give them all they need, especially if it’s a long day with activities after school as well. Keep it interesting, easy to eat and healthy.
The basic ingredients for a well-balanced lunch is:
- 2 portions (2 fists full) Vegetables, Salad, Fruit (whole or chopped up)
- 1 portion (1 fist full) Low GI Carbohydrates that’s also Low in Fat (left over rice/baby potatoes/bread roll/2 slices of bread)
- 1 portion (1 fist full) Protein (low-fat cheese, milk or lean meats: chicken, tuna or peanut butter/ nuts)
- 2 teaspoons Healthy oil (olive oil over the salad/nuts/seeds/avocado/mayonnaise)
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