Healthier options for a lunch break.

Yesterday on my lunch break at work I was starving and of course did not bring anything for lunch. I don’t always have a lot of time to find something to eat and even though I work at a pretty large outdoor mall all the close options are either expensive, time-consuming, or just plain unhealthy. I didn’t want to just give in and go to the food court so I ended up driving to the Chick Fil-A nearby. I knew that if I just completely skipped lunch I would just be starving later, and I also didn’t want to eat something like a burger. I ended up choosing an option from the kids menu, which ended up being really good. What I got will look and sound ridiculous but to have something just to eat and hold me over till dinner it was pretty good and pretty healthy.

So this is what I got: Orange juice, grilled chicken strips, and an apple and cinnamon blended thing which was pretty much like baby food to me. Seriously I think it was baby food like you get in those small mason jars with the blended apple or banana things. But I drank it and it was pretty delicious.

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So the funny thing about this is that the serving of chicken I got is probably what a proper serving size is for an adult. This also cost $5.00 and some change which is pretty good. Now I wouldn’t eat this as a usual lunch because I like my greens, but as an option if I don’t have my lunch it is really good. I love finding healthy options when I’m out because it helps me stick to my healthier lifestyle. The other thing I get if I don’t have my lunch or breakfast is Jamba Juice. They now have healthier juices with fruit and vegetables and I always choose the Apples and Greens option which has a mix of fruit and vegetables (obviously), and also has Spiralina which is an amazing vitamin/supplement.

Apple ‘n Greens Smoothie

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Summer Eating

I find that it’s easier to eat well in summertime (even though it’s still spring), because you don’t crave warm, comfort food as much. Now that it’s getting warmer what helps me to stay on track is to pre-prepare food so that it’s easily accessible, just like junk food is. At the beginning of the week I wash and prep grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and celery sticks and put them in Tupperware containers. Doing things like that really helps because when you get hungry you can easily just go to the fridge and get these snacks, instead of looking for junk. I LOVE grape tomatoes especially, they are so good!

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All three of these are full of vitamins too like vitamin A and C, as well as magnesium, folate, phosphorous and fiber. The only problem I have with these healthy snacks is having to share them with my miniature dog who has a thing for baby carrots.

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Warmer weather also makes salads more appetizing, and I love mixing up my salads to make them more interesting. I’ve found that making healthy food seem like something I actually want to eat, makes it easier to choose over heavy, calorie-laden food. Now that mangoes are coming into season I love adding them in salads because the mixture of sweetness and tartness is really delicious. I don’t like store-bought dressing because there are too many ingredients on the label, so I like to make my own simple version of either lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, and a bit of olive oil.

MANGO SALAD

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