healthy lunch seems like an easy task, but sometimes all the
sandwich choices may seem daunting. Many deli, or processed
meats, are packed with preservatives, nitrates and sodium that
could raise your risk of heart disease and other health
issues. So is there a better choice to build a lunch you’ll
love and feel good about? Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic
registered dietitian nutritionist, says what you pack with
your lunch may help balance what you pack in your sandwich.
Convenient and delicious, but not all fillings are the same,
especially when it comes to deli meats.
gone through a grinder, and had sugar and salt and other
things added, it’s now been more highly processed.”
But what about
your favorite rotisserie chicken? Zeratsky says it’s a step
in the right direction, but it will have added sodium.
products do because they are leaner, and, so, they’re adding
a little salt in there to hold the moisture.”
knowing that, you can still create a healthy lunch.
that with other nutritious foods, like fruits and vegetables.
That way, you’re getting some added potassium.”
A sandwich and
a banana. Seems like a good match, but why?
on the flip side from sodium, you have two nutrients that can
work for and against your blood pressure. And, so, you’re
just creating a better balance overall.”
Be sure to use
a whole-grain bread to get your fiber, and consider an
avocado, tomato or sprouts for added health benefits.
sandwich options, visit the Mayo Clinic website for recipes.