Eat for All-Day Energy

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Lunch should be your favorite meal. It should be your largest meal of the day and account for the majority of your calories. Whole wheat pasta with steamed veggies and a can of sugar-free tomato sauce, a turkey sandwich on wheat bread with mustard and veggies, or a bowl of soup and a salad with tuna fish are all great ideas.

Most Americans eat their largest meal in the evening at dinnertime. Your goal is to switch your dinner and lunch-time portions. Eating a larger meal at lunch makes more sense because your body will have more time to digest the food you eat. You'll feel full and satisfied if you eat a combination of protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber.

When mid-afternoon approaches, you should try to eat another snack. Bananas are a great snack because they are loaded with potassium which reduces belly bloat and raises your blood sugar just enough to get you past the 3 p.m. slump. This will also increase your metabolism and keep you feeling satiated until dinner.

Many people also enjoy working out at the gym or going for a short walk before dinner. This will give you the energy you need until your final meal of the day.

Dinner should be relatively small as your body will still be processing the protein and fiber-packed foods you've been enjoying all day. Try eating a broth-based soup and a steamed veggie salad. Steaming or sauteing squash, cauliflower and zucchini in some light olive oil can be such a treat when added to a salad.