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"Rate My Lunch: A Dietitian Weighs in on What We’re Eating"

Though the saying goes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, what you choose for lunch can be equally as important when it comes to maintaining your energy levels and focus.

If you feel like your midday meals are leaving you ready for a nap or hungry a few hours later, there are a few easy ways to change this. To help with that mid-afternoon slump, your lunch should include a healthy fat, like avocado, olives, nuts, or seeds, and lean protein. Both can play a big role in helping to maintain energy levels throughout the remainder of your day.

And to help stave off hunger until your next meal, add in a starch like potatoes, squash, quinoa, brown rice, or whole-grain bread.

I was recently given the opportunity to rate a few Healthline employee’s lunches, based on three different categories: nutrition value, how processed (or not!) their meal was, and how much energy their choices provided them. Each category was given a rating of one to 10, one being the lowest score and 10 being the highest. The higher the rating, the better.

Check out how they did and learn about some of my tips for making your next midday meal both delicious and more nutritious by clicking HERE!

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