For many, lunch surpasses breakfast as the most important meal of the day. Lunch is a chance for the body and brain to refuel and get ready for whatever the remainder of the day has to bring. A midday meal should fill you up without being too heavy, and it should include just the right balance of nutrients to ward off the 2 p.m. slump --- sometimes easier said than done. Quick, simple, low-calorie meals will keep you energized and keep your healthy eating habits on track.
"Incorporating a few uncooked meals each week is a good start that may bring immediate changes including feeling more vibrant and energetic," said Sarah Cahill, a Florida-based raw-foods chef. That energy, Cahill explains, protects against the dreaded afternoon lull.
But you don't have to go extreme to eat raw, Cahill says. Lettuce wraps make an easy and filling uncooked lunch. Combine a variety of raw vegetables --- think sliced red bell peppers and cucumbers, diced zucchini, finely