For lunch, you’ll want to stick with lean meats and nutrient dense vegetables if you can. The most important food to avoid for lunch is fast food. Lunch is usually associated with your lunch break at work, and if you don’t prepare your food beforehand, fast food may be your only option. Luckily, lean meats and vegetables can easily be prepared beforehand.

Remember, lean meats like chicken do not have any carbohydrates, so they do not have a glycemic index value. That means the important part of lunch is going to be the sides. You’ll want to avoid sides such as macaroni and cheese or baked potatoes. Instead, go for sides such as mixed nuts, fruits, or vegetables. An easy meal you can make each morning is a turkey or chicken breast sandwich on 100% whole grain bread. Pair the sandwich with nuts such as almonds and fruit such as bananas for a balanced meal.

Avoid these fast food options for lunch.

Instead, prepare these healthy options the morning before work.

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