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One of the simplest things you can do to improve your health is to start cooking more of your own food.

There’s something magical about sharing a meal at a restaurant with friends, but doing it too often can keep you from achieving your health goals. When you start cooking more of your own meals you can choose the right kind of oil, the highest quality proteins and plenty of veggies.

Here are some tips for making a simple lunch.

Love your leftovers

If you’re too busy during the day to find time to cook do the prep work the night before. When you cook dinner make sure to double your recipe so you have plenty for lunch the next day.

Start with greens

Keeping some pre-washed greens in your fridge makes lunch quick to put together. You can put together a big bowl of salad greens or toss some green veggies together for a quick stir-fry.

Add some starchy vegetables

Some complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, squash or pumpkin can help you feel fuller longer and they make great toppers for salads and stir-fry’s.

Use healthy fats

Not only do fats keep you satisfied longer they are also great for balancing hormones. Coconut oil is a great choice for stir-fry’s, olive oils and nut oils such as walnut oil are fabulous for salads. Nuts and seeds are also excellent choices and provide a delicious crunch factor.

Grab a piece of fruit

If you have a sweet tooth finishing your lunch with a piece of fruit is a great choice. A bowlful of berries is my favorite, but any fruit you like will provide a sweet ending to lunch.


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jacqueline silvestri banks

Jacqueline Banks, who grew up in Casa de Campo, is a certified holistic health counselor and busy mother. Her focus is on helping other busy moms in all stages of motherhood keep themselves and families healthy and happy.

She uses natural and organic solutions to solve individual health problems and promote clean living.

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