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Make Time for Break Time: Lunchbox Ideas for Work

By Jill Hamilton on March 19, 2015 in Healthy Living


Business People Having Meeting And Eating Sushi

Catching up on emails. Taking personal calls. Surfing the web. According to Americans, these are all reasons for skipping lunch at the office.

More than 2 in 5 report taking a lunch break that's 30 minutes or less and 29% work through their lunch break entirely.

March is National Nutrition Month and also the perfect time to get your lunch game back on top. Eating lunch is necessary for our health (and sanity).

But what do you pack in your grown-up lunchbox? For starters, your meal should contain at least 2 of the following food groups:

These foods groups are essential for building a healthy body. Oral health and overall health are closely related, so they're good for you smile too!

Try one of these 3 easy lunches — no culinary expertise required! Before you get busy cooking, take note of our ingredient superstars.

1. Zesty Shrimp and Black Bean Salad

salad
Photo Credit: www.eatingwell.com
  • Protein Power: Shrimp, black beans
  • VIP Vegetables: Bell Pepper, cherry tomatoes
  • Compelling Carbohydrate: Whole wheat tortilla

Full Recipe

2. Watermelon Gazpacho

gazpacho
Photo Credit: Jodi Pudge, www.todaysparent.com

Ingredient Superstars

  • Famous Fruit: Watermelon
  • Dynamic Dairy: Feta

Full Recipe

3. Asian Chopped Kale Salad

kale
Photo Credit: www.cookieandkate.com
  • Protein Power: Edamame, avocado
  • VIP Vegetables: Kale, snow peas

Full Recipe

In case of emergency, stash some of these smart snacks in your office drawer:

  • Almonds
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Crunchy veggies and hummus
  • Apples and bananas
  • Granola

Hopefully now you won't think twice about skipping meal #2. A nutrient-rich lunch is sure to keep you smiling wide until dinnertime.