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Health Tip: Pack a Healthier Lunch

How to limit fat and calories

(HealthDay News) - Packing a lunch made at home may seem like a good way to save money and calories, but even homemade sandwiches can contribute to a bulging waistline.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to limit calories when making sandwiches:

  • Choose low-fat or fat-free lunch meats and cheeses, or stick to lean meats such as chicken or turkey. Try using veggie patties or veggie hot dogs.
  • Make a sandwich or a pita stuffed with fresh vegetables, low-fat cheese, and a fat-free condiment such as mustard.
  • Try using all-natural or reduced-fat peanut butter.
  • Instead of chips, pack carrot sticks, celery or other crunchy veggies to go with your sandwich.
  • Use low-fat or fat-free mayonnaise when making chicken or tuna salad sandwiches.
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