The Diet Detective: 20 Healthy Fast Lunches

Health advocates don't talk about lunch nearly as much as they talk about breakfast, but it certainly is something we should think about more. If you skip it, or eat too much, it can really ruin your afternoon. Performance decreases, and you're likely to overeat at dinner.

However, in this fast-paced world we often need a quick meal. Here are a few healthier options. Granted most restaurant and grocery foods are high in sodium, and if that's an issue for you, you can always brown-bag it.

Ready Pac Bistro Salad, Chef
Crisp iceberg lettuce, creamy ranch dressing, turkey breast, ham and Swiss cheese. Fork inside! Nutrition (one container): 270 calories; 20 g fat; 890 mg sodium; 10 g carbs; 2 g fiber; 15 g protein
 
McDonald's Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken
This salad has grilled chicken, fresh mixed greens, oven-roasted tomatoes, fire-roasted corn, savory black beans, poblano peppers, shredded Cheddar and jack cheeses, chili lime tortilla strips and a fresh-sliced lime wedge on the side. Nutrition: 320 calories; 9 g fat; 960 mg sodium; 30 g carbs; 6 g fiber; 30 g protein
 
Subway 6-inch Turkey Breast Sandwich
Subway has some tasty low-calorie sandwiches. This one has sliced turkey breast and fresh veggies.
Nutrition: 280 calories; 3.6 g fat; 48 g carbs; 5 g fiber; 18 g protein
 
Dunkin' Donuts Egg White Veggie Flatbread
Oven-toasted flatbread with egg whites and melted cheeses. Try it with some of their flavored iced coffee. Nutrition: 280 calories; 8 g fat; 32 g carbs; 3 g fiber; 19 g protein
 
Starbucks Picnic Pasta Salad
Diced white meat chicken, shredded carrots, grape tomatoes, diced zucchini and farfalle pasta in a red wine vinaigrette dressing. Nutrition: 320 calories; 5 g fat; 480 mg sodium; 53 g carbs; 3 g fiber; 16 g protein
 
Starbucks Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich
Roasted chicken breast with cranberries and tarragon dressing on whole-wheat bread.
Nutrition: 420 calories; 13 g fat; 1,000 mg sodium; 46 g carbs; 6 g fiber; 32 g protein
 
Amy's Black Bean Vegetable Burrito
Organic flour tortilla wrapped around a combination of organic black beans and vegetables in a mild Mexican sauce. Nice and spicy. Non-dairy/no cholesterol.
Nutrition (6 ounces): 280 calories; 8 g fat; 580 mg sodium; 44 g carbs; 4 g fiber; 9 g protein
 

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