For the majority of people who have a regular 9 to 5 work day, lunch is the most important meal and also the most neglected as it's often eaten at the work station or on the run. Or you rush to the fast-food joint and gobble down your lunch in 5 minutes or less. Hardly enjoyable, and definitely not conducive to good health!
It's important to make your lunch visually attractive, nutritious, and delicious. After all, we eat with our eyes first, and then with our mouths. Let's make every meal an occasion to honor nature's bounty.
One easy way to make your lunch look beautiful and be sustainable is to use a stainless-steel canteen. My favorite is the "3 in 1" from ECOlunchbox because it's designed with compartments and has two layers so that you can pack several items in different configurations and make your lunch look really organized and beautiful. Plus, there's no plastic!
Anatomy of a Healthy Lunch:
Lacto-fermented vegetables (kimchi, sauerkraut, and other fermented vegetables)
Helps with digestion and immunity.
Protein (grass-fed meats, pasture-raised eggs, organic tofu or tempeh)
A macro-nutrient that's a building block for muscles and tissues.
Keeps blood sugar balanced which means prevention of diabetes.
Non-gluten complex carbohydrate (rice, rice noodles, quinoa, other non-gluten grains)
Provides steady energy without the allergenic problems of wheat-based items such as bread.
Raw ingredients (nuts, carrots, celery, fruit)
A portion of raw food ensures a full gamut of nutrients, especially vitamins that tend to dissipate with cooking. It's good to have about 25% raw foods in ratio to cooked foods throughout the day.
Good fats (Extra-virgin olive oil, organic butter, coconut oil)
Helps with cellular communication, balance blood sugar, and absorption of vitamins A & D.
Fiber (fermented vegetables, raw nuts and fruits, seeds, sweet potato)
Keeps things moving along, and feed the good bacteria in your gut.
Enjoy Your Lunch!