This nutrition tip features the importance of a healthy lunch.
Because our home kitchens are not available to many of us at lunchtime, it is easy to resort to restaurant or take-out food for lunch. What I have discovered as the answer to the dilemma of not having enough time or a place to prepare a healthy lunch is to prepare a salad meal for lunch.
Salad meals can provide you with all of the nutritional benefits of the healthy eating without having to cook! They take little time to prepare,and the varieties you can enjoy are only limited by your imagination. In fact, a salad meal with a foundation of different types of lettuce and containing a wide variety of foods will often be closer to a “complete meal” than many other food possibilities.
Remember, however, that not all lettuce is created equal. Lettuces such as romaine and the darker leaf varieties have much greater nutritional value than the more commonly used iceberg lettuce. Combine with any of your favorite salad ingredients — vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and top with turkey, chicken, salmon, or cheese — and you’re ready to go.
Salad meals are a large part of the Mediterranean culture where fresh salad ingredients are plentiful. Mediterranean-style salad meals are fresh, crisp, and delicious, and there is absolutely no nutrient that cannot be obtained from them. With salad meals, lunch can become one of the easiest and most enjoyable meals of the day!
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