When it comes to the perfect lunch, this should contain a mixture of vitamins, minerals, fat, carbohydrates and protein. Carbohydrates and fat provide energy and protein is extremely important for the structure and function of the body.
Have a look at few tasty dishes that provide all the nutrients you need to keep you going until the evening and why lunch is so important.
Reasons to eat lunch
Besides the fact that lunch provides a natural break to a busy day, lunch also provides the energy needed to sustain us throughout the afternoon without pulling on the body's reserves.
Lunch plays an important role in helping to keep our blood sugar level - the body's fuel system which draws on glucose - stable. But, if we skip lunch, our blood sugar level drops and we become irritable, sluggish and lose concentration.
The best time to eat lunch
Eat lunch regularly between 12 and 1pm. If you leave lunch until late afternoon, you are most likely to become over-hungry. And, this can lead to picking and snacking on high sugar and fat foods such as sweets, crisps and cakes. And, besides adding the extra pounds, these foods carry little nutritional value.
Foods you should eat
According to research high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish help keep blood healthy and stop clots forming.
It is already a known fact that consuming fish on regular basis protects against a number of conditions including heart disease and high cholesterol. Oily fish is high in protein and also has anti-inflammatory properties which help with arthritis.
Soup is a wonderful dish for lunch because it is warming, nutritious and low in calories.
Choose mixed vegetable or minestrone soup for a variety of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Miso soup makes an excellent choice, too if you like Japanese dishes. According to nutritionists you should eat five different vegetables a day and soup is an easy way to achieve this goal.
A good lunch should provide enough energy to sustain you throughout the afternoon. The secret is not to eat too many carbohydrates.
The carbohydrates you eat should be wholegrain - such as wholegrain pasta, brown bread. These will release energy more slowly than white carbohydrates and are also high in B vitamins and fiber which are very good for bowel movement.
Chicken, egg, cheese and tuna sandwiches on wholegrain bread all contain low carbohydrates, protein and low fat.
For the best nutritional value, choose salads containing red peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes. Red peppers and tomatoes contain phytochemicals - or plant substances called lycopene.
Lycopene is part of a group of nutrients that produces 'antioxidant' activity in the body. This property gives lycopene the potential for reducing the risk of conditions such as heart disease and cancer caused by destructive molecules called free radicals.
Choose a salad with chicken, cheese or tuna. This provides a rich source of protein, which is extremely important to the structure and function of the body.
To eat a delicious and healthy lunch make sure to visit the Akashi Brickell authentic Japanese food restaurant and get the vitamins and nutrients your body need for the day. You can also order your favorite lunch online, here.