(NC) - Are you packing healthy lunches for your school-age children, but not doing so well yourself when it comes to eating right at work?
Jennifer has two children, ages 5 and 7. "I rush around getting their lunches made in the morning. It's a wonder that I'm able to get the children off to school in time, much less think about making my own lunch. I usually grab something at the food court near work."
Most of us are pressed for time and uninspired by the thought of eating our own homemade lunches. But eating well at work is not only a smart idea, it's much easier than you think. Here are some tips:
When making children's lunches, build in time to make your own; do it the night before if that's easier;
Take turns making lunch with your spouse to lighten the load;
Make interesting lunches that include all four essential food groups - breads, fruit and vegetables, protein and dairy products;
Plan ahead when you do your shopping to make sure you have enough food and a good variety to avoid the familiar "nothing's in my cupboard" lament;
Mix up your food combinations and try a new item each week;
Cook extra dinner portions and take the leftovers to work;
Try to drink water or milk with lunch to avoid high-calorie, low-nutrient carbonated beverages;
Keep a healthy snack drawer at work to prevent unhealthy binging during the day;
To supplement your meal, take a daily multivitamin like Centrum Performance because vitamins and minerals, particularly B vitamins, help to metabolize food for energy.