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Make Time for Break Time: Lunchbox Ideas for Work

March 3, 2015

Catching up on emails. Taking personal calls. Surfing the web. According to Americans, these are all reasons for skipping lunch at the office. 

More than 2 in 5 report taking a lunch break that’s 30 minutes or less and 29% work through their lunch break. 

March is National Nutrition Month so it’s the perfect time to get your lunch game back on top. Eating lunch is necessary for your health (and sanity). 

But what do you pack in your grown-up lunchbox? For starters, your meal should contain at least 2 of the following food groups: 

  • Lean protein
  • Fruits
  • Veggies
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • Low-fat or nonfat dairy 

These foods groups are essential for building a healthy smile and body. And with oral and overall health so closely related, you’ll be doing both your smile and your body a favor.. 

Try one of these 3 easy lunches -- no culinary expertise required! Before you get busy cooking, take note of our ingredient superstars. 

  1. Zesty Shrimp and Black Bean Salad

Ingredient Superstars

  • Protein Power: Shrimp, black beans
  • VIP Vegetables: Bell Pepper, cherry tomatoes
  • Compelling Carbohydrate: Whole wheat tortilla 

Full Recipe 

  1. Watermelon Gazpacho

Ingredient Superstars

  • Famous Fruit: Watermelon
  • Dynamic Dairy: Feta 

Full Recipe 

  1. Asian Chopped Kale Salad
  • Protein Power: Edamame, avocado
  • VIP Vegetables: Kale, snow peas 

Full Recipe 

In case of emergency, stash some of these smart snacks in your office drawer: 

  • Almonds
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Crunchy veggies and hummus
  • Apples and bananas
  • Granola 

Hopefully now you won’t think twice about skipping meal #2. A nutrient-rich lunch is sure to keep you smiling wide until dinnertime.