What kind of lunch can give me more energy?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

The best combination of foods to give you more energy at lunch is protein and carbohydrate. Protein foods help keep you feeling full longer and carbohydrate is our immediate source of energy. A sandwich with a lean protein source, low fat cheese and crackers, cottage cheese and fruit, a veggie burrito with beans, or a salad with a lean protein and a muffin are all examples of carbohydrate and protein combinations. You will also want to make sure you are getting enough calories to have energy from your lunch meal.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You may think that eating a heavy lunch saps you of energy, but the truth is that not eating enough can have an even worse impact. A new study found that eating too little at lunch led to emotional (feeling irritable and frustrated), physical (feeling tired and hungry), and cognitive (difficulty concentrating and poor decision making) symptoms.

Eating too little could even contribute to weight gain, as your body thinks food resources are low and begins storing what little you do eat as fat. You can reverse the negative effects of eating too little by adding a spelt salad to your midday meal. Spelt is a high-protein grain with a mellow, nutty flavor. Not only is spelt tasty and low in calories, but it’s rich in B vitamins, which are great for energy. It’s also a good source of fiber to keep your digestive tract moving. Mix the grain in with your choice of beans to double the protein and energy benefits of your lunch.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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