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Eating a Healthy Lunch

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It's human nature to eat what's handy instead of making the extra effort to eat right, something that can be especially true when it comes to lunch. 

But Weight Watchers has some tips to make it easier to eat healthy at lunchtime.

Shop savvy: When you're out shopping, there a few things you can do to help you make sure you always have a healthy lunch ready to go. 

First, stock up on containers of various shapes and sizes to accommodate different food types and servings. Just make sure they are microwave safe.

Next, invest in a collapsible cooler or tote that can hold hot and cold items. 

Last, when you're at the grocery store, think "Power Foods": an apple and a cheese stick, individual serving of peanut butter and celery, Greek yogurt and your favorite berries. Bananas and oranges are the ultimate "prepackaged" fruits.

Hydrate: Don't forget to pack beverages.

Flavored seltzer waters, vitamin waters, and diet sodas come in their own cans and bottles. Or bring your own concoction such as iced herbal teas and fruit smoothies in a reusable beverage bottle designed for that purpose. 

This way, you'll not only save on empty calories, but you'll save yourself some extra dollars as well.

Cook smart: Make-ahead meals are a great way to be sure that you always have a healthy lunch at your disposal. 

Make a batch of soup on Sunday, divvy it up into portion-controlled containers for workday lunches, and pop them into the freezer. Remember to leave room at the top of the container for expansion.

Other good make-ahead dishes that keep well include healthy dips, such as hummus and chicken breast to use in sandwiches and on top of salads.

For more tips, visit www.weightwatchers.com.

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