What's For Lunch Healthy Eating at Work

Reviewed by James Brann, M.D.

Breakfast, no problem - some high fiber cereal with skim milk, a slice of cantaloupe. Dinner, easy - broiled chicken and steamed veggies with lemon. But lunch - that's the downfall for many of us who are trying to maintain good health and our waistlines.

What's For Lunch: Healthy Eating At Work

Sound familiar? Lunchtime rolls around, you're starting to feel hungry and a coworker comes by to ask if you'd like a McBurger and fries since she's running out anyway. Tempting because it's hassle-free and one of those guilty pleasures that you feel you deserve, given the lousy morning you just had.

Or worse, you wander down the hall to the coffee room, and eat the last two donuts from breakfast and call it lunch. Or, maybe you pass the coffee room and head straight to the vending machines and load up on chips, soda and (ugh) beef jerky (you don't want to know what's in it, but it's meat of some kind so it must have protein, right?). Lunch is the hardest meal to manage for working moms and there's only one way to do it - never eat any office food - ever. Period. 'Nuff said.

Bring your food from home - and bring plenty of it for snacking throughout the day.

Make a bag of gorp in the morning - a mixture of peanuts, sesame seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds and a few pretzels for visual interest. Sprinkle on a little spicy, seasoned salt and your good to go.

Low-fat yogurt - comes in its own container, provides nutrients without a lot of fat and all you need is a spoon and a napkin to enjoy.

Fresh fruit - apples, pears, bananas, grapes - all travel well and provide a sugar boost when your energy starts to flag around 3:00 in the afternoon.

Bottled water, or at least 100% fruit juice - if you're trying to lose weight, stick with the water. Looking for a sugar jolt - go with the fruit juice

A light sandwich - a cucumber sandwich made with thinly sliced cuke slices on whole grain bread with just a layer of low-fat mayo to wet the bread. It's the kind of food that will fill you up without slowing you down or making you feel dozy.

Herbal tea - make your own ice tea using a mixture of herbal teas and artificial sweetener. Make this in large batches and use all week long.

Skip the donuts and pastries, the birthday cakes, pizza and other fast foods brought in from outside. The only way you can control your food intake at work - is if you bring it from home.