3 Shortcuts for Healthy Eating When You Laugh at the Term “Lunch Hour”

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Image by: Daniel Stone
By: Ken Lucas

So its lunch time, but you find yourself strapped for time and the little 20 minute interval you get in between business is not enough time to satisfy your hunger cravings. Well, buddy, you may want to do something about that because it’s a known fact that when your stomach is full, so is your mind. It has been proven by the first scientist who ever existed that keeping your hunger cravings under control increases awareness, energy and keeps you focused on whats most important, instead of wasting time daydreaming about hamburgers and french fries.

But how do I keep my hunger cravings satisfied when I’m so busy!? Well, me being a person who spends his entire day away from home, grueling out articles for your pleasure, I can tell you that there are many ways you can keep your stomach happy even while you’re at work.

And the best part is, even if you are a horrible cook, there are still ways you can create simple but effective meals to keep your body performing at its maximum capacity. So if you just happen to be at your desk in the office, dreading the reverberating sound of your stomach’s pained wails, then you may want to keep reading.

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#1) Sandwiches

Yea, I know you’re not in junior high school anymore and your days of having bullies beat you up and steal your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are long over, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon the bread just yet. Sandwiches are at the top of the list for a reason: They’re easy to make, portable, and above all healthy–so as long as you don’t fill it with fat and cholesterol.

I bet preparing a multitude of sandwiches to get you through your work day hasn’t even crossed your mind has it? Well, I can tell you–as an avid sandwich maker–that I live off of these things and somehow manage to achieve a generous combination of proteins, carbs and fats throughout my long days at the office.

Aren’t sandwiches boring and plain, though? How the hell can I expect to eat a sandwich for breakfast lunch and dinner? Well you don’t necessarily have to exclusively eat Bologna and cheese five times a day. The flexibility of sandwiches are the best benefit, as you can make them to suit your breakfast, lunch or dinner needs. Have fun with your meals and add some variety–perhaps try roast beef one day, rotisserie chicken the next or if you’re daring, mix them together.

If you’re running late in the morning, scramble some eggs and toss some sausage links in the microwave for a few seconds and there you go! So before you waste your time and money buying fast food, create your own fast food in the form of delicious, nutrient pack sandwiches, put them in Tupperware bowls or zip-lock bags and enjoy.

#2) Tupperware Bowls

No, I am not suggesting Tupperware bowls in itself to be a healthy and effective method for staying full on the go, but rather what you keep inside the Tupperware bowls. Yea that may mean you’ll need to pre-cook your food ahead of time; it will be well worth it as you will essentially have your meals packaged and ready to eat at your beck and call. I’d guess this method would be a lot better than eating 6 Lunchables a day wouldn’t you say?

And the best part is, like sandwiches you can virtually bring your favorite foods anywhere you go. In the mood for spaghetti and meatballs? Make a big pot of it the night before your long day at the office and bring a few bowls with you.

In the mood for jambalaya or Korean BBQ? Bring that, too! Of course, while you can bring pretty much anything you want–including pies, cakes and other snacks–this is a health and fitness article, so before you get to gung ho about bringing your favorite foods on the go, I’m going to have to advise some healthy options such as: Chicken and brown rice, pasta and lean ground turkey, or various garden salads.

Ah screw it, eat whatever the hell you want!

#3) Meal Replacement Shake

Go to your local Wal-Mart and search the pharmacy for the various types of shakes they offer. If you workout on a regular basis I would advise a whey based product that is protein heavy. But, if you’re just looking for something to hold you over until you make it to the dinner table a carbohydrate heavy product will be more beneficial with providing you with that feeling-full-effect. Protein and meal bars are also efficient for staving off your hunger, as they provide a healthy alternative to things like Snickers and Butterfingers.

Your days of making fun of the “meatheads” who have whey protein circulating throughout there bloodstream are over, as you are now stuck having to live exclusively off nutrition shakes and protein bars! Okay, maybe you’re not obligated to live off such foods, but it can certainly help supplement your diet. Get it? Supplement your diet…? Okay that was a terrible pun, but I couldn’t let it go past without showing it some attention.  Happy eating!

Have you successfully implemented a way to save time and conserve your health by finding effective ways to eat on the go? That’s great! Tell us about your genius meal plan and we’ll tell you ours!