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Stewarts Shops

Lunch Breaks Made Simple & Healthy

05/13/14

BLOG: Do you know what your local Stewart’s Shop looks like AFTER breakfast?
I’ve often focused on the benefits of a morning meal at Stewart’s, but the shops have healthy options all day long.

Stewart’s is a great place to stop during a quick lunch break. For one, your favorite shop offers the speedy service like fast food restaurants, but with healthier and more substantial options. And if breakfast is the most important meal of the day, lunch is a close second. Eating a midday meal re-energizes your body, and stabilizes your blood sugar to keep you focused for the rest of the workday. Those who regularly take lunch breaks also tend to weigh less; skipping this meal can decrease your metabolism, making it more difficult to get energy from your food and shed pounds.

As part of a healthy lunch, I recommend combining foods high in protein with those that provide whole grains. Protein foods such as meats, eggs, yogurt, or milk are more likely to keep you full longer, which can prevent overeating or mindless snacking later in the day. The body also relies on whole grain carbohydrates to provide long-lasting energy. Stewart’s has many whole grain options including whole wheat bread, granola bars, and cereal.

To make your afternoon break even more simple - and healthy - I have provided ideas for a nutritious lunch at Stewart’s below. With these ideas already in mind, you can be in and out of your local shop with enough time to enjoy a walk in the sunshine before you get back to work!

Stewart’s Quick and Healthy Lunch Combos:

-6” Made to Order Turkey Sub on Wheat, Apple, Light and Fit Yogurt, Stewart’s Unsweetened Iced Tea Refresher
(Combo Total: 460 calories, 3.5g fat, 890mg sodium)

- 1 small Stewart’s Fruit and Yogurt Parfait, FiberPlus Granola Bar, Banana, Stewart’s Green Tea Refresher
(Combo Total: 450 calories, 7g fat, 200mg sodium)

-1 cup Stewart’s Chicken Noodle Soup, 1 package Special K chips, Orange, Unsweetened Ice Tea Refresher
(Combo Total: 270 calories, 3.5g fat, 1400mg sodium)

-Christine Sloat, RD, RDN

About Christine:
Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, with clinical training at Albany Medical Center. She has a nutrition consulting business,
Nutritious Notions LLC.

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