school lunch menu images 1It is important to stop and refuel mid-day. Just make sure lunch contains some fat, but not too much. Not only will a heavy lunch leave you groggy, but eat too much fat mid-day and it turns on a brain chemical, called galanin.  According to research from Rockefeller University, the more fat we eat, the more galanin we produce. People who eat a fatty lunch, like a cheeseburger and French fries or a tossed salad smothered in high-fat dressing, are likely to eat  more calories later in the day compared to someone who eats a low-fat lunch. You definitely need some fat, especially the good fats, like the healthy fats in nuts and olive oil and the omega-3 fats, but don’t go overboard.

Basically, a light, low-fat meal helps you stay alert through the afternoon hours, boosts energy, and fills you up without filling you out. An example would be a turkey breast sandwich on whole wheat piled high with spinach leaves and served with a glass of low-fat milk and a fruit salad or watermelon, orange slices, and pineapple.                      Photo credit: Creative Commons License Julian Lee via Compfight