5 Lunch Ideas under 400 Calories

We have all heard by now that strictly counting calories, fat or carbs isn’t a long term solution to weight loss.  It is important, however, to have a round about idea of how many calories you are consuming daily, as well as your fiber and protein intake.

The ‘experts’ all still agree that a balanced diet is the best way to go, with protein still leading the pack.

Carbs:  Our society is STILL obsessed with carbs even after the Atkins and Southbeach diets have faded away.  Yes, carbs are VITAL to our existence.  The key is choosing the RIGHT carbs.  If you avoid refined carbs like white flour and white sugar and choose whole grains and whole wheats, you will be giving your body the energy it needs to keep you going.  Eating too many carbs, however, will make your body sluggish.

Protein:  Getting the adequate amount of protein can mean the difference between (unwanted) overeating and staying full longer.  Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues as well as an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. 

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Fiber:  over 95% of Americans are NOT getting enough fiber in their diet.  This has become a major health concern.  Fiber not only provides satiety and obesity prevention, it is also key in keeping cholesterol levels in check and stabilizing blood sugar.

With the average fast food lunch containing over 835 calories, it’s easy to see why (and how) we are overweight as a nation.  It is very easy to take in unwanted calories, saturated fats and gain weight eating lunch out.

Here are 5 lunches that will keep you full, satisfy you, are off the charts delicious and will help you maintain a healthy weight.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

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Copy Cat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich

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Lightened Up Tuna Sandwich

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Spicy Fish Taco Bowl

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Greek Salad

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  • www.Thehealthyfoodie.com
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