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    sherm80 posted:
    I eat a good, fiber laden, fruit, etc breakfast, but do not really want a lunch, and then eat an adequate dinner. So, between breakfast and dinner, what healthful eating could be had that would be beneficial to keeping energy up, and not contribute to weight gain, and just healthy??
    Elaine Magee, MPH, RD responded:
    It sounds you aren't hungry for a lunch? I wonder why that is since generally we are hungry every 4 to 5 hours?

    It's a good idea to eat a lunch to keep your energy levels high and to keep you from getting over hungry for dinner. In terms of healthful options, look for opportunities to add smart carbohydrates (high nutrient plant foods with fiber and phytochemicals) such as beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, smart fats (fish, avocado, nuts, extra virgin olive oil, etc.) and lean meats and lowfat dairy (if desired).

    This could be a cold pasta salad made with whole grain pasta, a balsamic vinaigrette, lots of veggies and fresh mozzarella. It could be a sandwich made with whole wheat pita or bread and filled with roasted turkey, cranberry relish and spread with some light cream cheese. It could be a grilled cheese made with whole wheat bread and served with fresh fruit and yogurt or a green salad.

    Hope this gives you some food for thought!
    sherm80 replied to Elaine Magee, MPH, RD's response:
    thanx for the info--if I wasn't getting enough nutrients, by skipping a lunch( and yes, I'm not THAT hungry for a sandwich type lunch, so healthful snacking is more my style!), and just doing light "snacking", what physical effects would I be noticing, that my body wasn't getting enough of something??

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