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Qualities to Look for in a Perfect Midday Meal
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Lunch is an important part of anyone’s day. It’s what fuels us so we can continue with strength and energy through the day until it’s time for dinner. As with other meals, what matters most is what you eat. If you want to get the most out of your lunch, you need to be smart about what you choose. So what should you look for in a perfect midday meal?

Filling

It generally takes between 2-4 hours for your stomach to empty. That puts a midday meal perfectly in position to help you overcome hunger pangs and carry on until dinner. A good midday meal will be substantial enough to fill you. When looking for a filling midday meal, look for ones that feature complex carbohydrates and proteins, since these can help you feel fuller and maintain energy throughout the remainder of your day.

But Not Heavy

You want to feel full after lunch, but if you want to be able to perform at your best, you shouldn’t be left feeling heavy. This is why it’s a good idea to include foods that are good sources of fiber. Fiber-rich foods help contribute to feelings of satiety, but don’t generally leave you feeling heavy. If your diet doesn’t normally contain much fiber, start incorporating more fiber gradually. That will help you avoid feeling bloated or dealing with gas or constipation, which can happen when your body isn’t accustomed to processing a lot of fiber. Make sure you drink plenty of water and stay active to help with that as well.

Nutritious

You’ve probably heard the saying that you are what you eat. There’s truth to that. Your body uses what you eat to generate energy and rebuild your cells. Look for foods that are more nutrient dense and less calorie dense for your midday meal. That’s one of the best things you can do to support your health and feel good all day long.

The perfect midday meal is one that is filling, doesn’t leave you feeling heavy, and is nutritious without sacrificing taste. Seems like a lot to ask of your lunch? It doesn’t have to be. Here at The Nauvoo we have a menu that is full of delicious, nutritious options that make the perfect lunch. Stop in soon to see for yourself!

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