5 Tips for Packing Lunch-on-the-Run Healthier
Feb 16, 2012 - 9:50:40 AM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – (February 16, 2012) – School lunches are in the headlines quite a bit, these days. Most people are calling for the school lunch program to clean up its act and start feeding the nation’s children healthier fare. Truth be told, many people who brown bag it could stand to make their lunch healthier, as well. Whether packing lunches for school or work, there are ways to make them healthier.
“Sure, it’s easy to grab some junk food, throw it in a bag and call it lunch,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Problem is, if you do that repeatedly, there will likely be some negative health consequences, over time. Making healthier lunches may require a tad more time and thought, but in the end it will keep you feeling better.”
Here are five tips for helping to make lunch-on-the-go healthier:
Plan ahead. It is essential that planning be done ahead of time, so that healthy food items are in the house when it is time to pack lunches. Make a list on the weekend of some healthy lunch options, then be sure to stock up on the necessary ingredients to put it all together.
Spring for supplies. Having the right containers and supplies makes a world of difference. For example, there are special salad and drink containers which make it easier for some people to transport healthier lunches. Purchasing these supplies will be worth the investment.
Forget rushing. Those who are short of time tend to grab “whatever” and throw it in a bag. Take your time and think the lunch through, so that healthy options are considered and chosen. Many people make their lunch the night before, storing it properly overnight, to help avoid the morning rush.
Think beverages. Many people put together a healthy lunch only to blow it by adding a not-so-healthy beverage. A beverage with a lot of sugar, for example, would be better replaced with healthier options, such as water, unsweetened tea, or soy milk.
Focus on variety. Many people tend to get bored if they eat the same lunch over and over, which is understandable. Brainstorm a list of possible healthy lunch possibilities and focus on variety each week. This will keep things interesting and will ensure that a variety of nutritional needs are being met.
Even those who take healthy lunches may often want a snack, between their meals. Snacking can be a part of a healthy diet, depending on the snacks being chosen. It is important for people to have easy access to a variety of healthy snack options, whether they take them along or buy them on the go.
“Healthy lunches will help you get through the rest of the afternoon without feeling sluggish,” adds Backer. “Consistently packing healthier lunches is easy. You just need to make it a priority and take the necessary steps to make it happen. Your health will benefit as a result of your efforts.”
Fresh Healthy Vending provides healthy snack options in all of their machines, including drinks, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein and granola bars, yogurt, and baked chips and crackers. Their machines are located in hospitals, office buildings, military bases, and workout facilities. Fresh Healthy Vending machines are now located in over 1100 locations, including many school campuses, throughout the country and in Canada. Each dual-climate-controlled machine offers only healthy food and beverage options. To learn more Fresh Healthy Vending machines, visit their site at www.freshhealthyvending.com.
About Fresh Healthy Vending
Based in San Diego, Fresh Healthy Vending is a company that started in 2010 and is revolutionizing vending machines by filling them with healthy, natural food options. Dubbed the “future of vending,” they are leading the way in healthy food vending. Their machines offer 100-percent juices, fresh vegetables, fruits, smoothies, and yogurts. The Fresh Healthy Vending machines are franchised and are being placed in schools, offices and other locations throughout the country. To learn more about Fresh Healthy Vending, visit the website at www.freshvending.com.
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