Choose wisely to get the best nutritional value for your calorie bucks at lunch time.
A few weeks ago, I introduced the idea of a “calorie wallet.” The idea of the calorie wallet is simply this: if you think of your calories as currency, you might spend them more wisely. Whenever you pull money out of your wallet, whether it’s actual cash or calories, you’re generally seeking the best value. So, when it comes to choosing what foods you’re going to eat, the goal is to get the most nutritional value you can for the number of calories you have to spend.
In the last post, I discussed different breakfast options and their impact on your calorie budget. Today, we’re taking a look at typical lunch options, and how you can make the best choices at your midday meal without breaking the bank.
We ask a lot of our lunchtime calories. For many of us, the meal we have in the middle of the day has to carry us through the afternoon and all the way until dinner. To best do that, this meal will need to be nutrient packed so we can stay sharp and energetic during the second half of the day. In short, we’re looking to spend our calories on a meal that’s filling, satisfying, protein-rich and not too heavy. And that’s a tall order.
What choices are you making at lunch? How many calorie bucks are you having to pull out of your wallet to pay for them?