The Benefits of a Healthy Lunch

Healthy eating has to do with eating at regular intervals. Another key is eating a good, healthy lunch as this is vital to a healthy, balanced daily diet.

Besides eating a healthy lunch it’s important to actually take a break from the morning’s activities and clarify your thoughts, particularly if your work demands concentration.

According to a recent study, one in four people is too busy to take a break for lunch, and one in three people eats lunch at their desk (which isn’t ok). Apparently the average person takes less than 20 minutes each day for lunch away from their desk thinking that this would save some time and avoid working until late; unfortunately though, in reality it very seldom works out that way.

The Benefits of a Healthy Lunch

The fact is that taking a lunch break and nourishing the brain with food, oxygen and water will lead to better work in the afternoon than constantly staring at the computer screen. Also, taking small breaks more often is key to keeping the brain as active as possible and avoiding the build-up of stress.

So, try to look forward to lunch as another activity and plan what you’d like to eat, as it is going to affect your performance for the rest of the day.

Additionally, consider colorful and healthy lunch alternatives, as this could significantly change the way you feel in the afternoon and boost your energy levels.

Here are some healthy food-choices to eat in a Sushi Bar, for lunch:

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A bowl of miso soup

Miso, a fermented food, is great for digestive health, and can help to lower cardiovascular risk. It is a source of phytoestrogens and is packed with beneficial phytonutrients including phytosterols and soy isoflavones.

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Maki rolls

Containing cucumber, avocado or raw fish, wrapped with nori seaweed and topped with a few sesame seeds, these sushi rolls are amazing. It’s the nori seaweed that’s key, having a diverse phytonutrient and mineral content, including calcium, magnesium, iron and iodine.

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A couple of pieces of nigiri sushi

Rice fingers topped with Omega 3-rich salmon or tuna. The glutinous rice is sugary, however topping it with fish boosts Essential Omega 3 fats.

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A plate of sashimi (raw fish)

For the Omega 3 content. Here’s where you can really bump up your intake, and you’re avoiding the sugary rice at the same time.

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A bowl of edamame (aka green, boiled soy beans)

These are great for fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals and are an easy way to up your intake of the beneficial soy isoflavones.

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A seaweed salad

On the side scattered with Omega-6 rich sesame seeds

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Wasabi and Pickled Ginger

Wasabi (avoid artificially colored versions) is similar to horseradish and great for clearing the sinuses and it is generally used for its antimicrobial activity. Pickled ginger contains healthful gingerols, and if it’s made in the traditional way, it is a fermented food that’s really good for digestive health.

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      at Hannya Restaurants

Fruit as dessert - for antioxidants.

Green tea - for its antioxidants.


What are you having for lunch and why? Please share with us in the comments section below.



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