While big meal deals may tug at your wallet, Rosie Dhaliwal
"You want to downsize it," the registered dietitian says on the line from SFU, where she works for Health and Counselling Services.
"Larger-sized meals are marketed for good value, but look at what you are eating.
You can always save some for the next day.
To ensure that you're fuelled with energy on smaller portions, "make sure you have a balanced lunch," Dhaliwal
Salad bars are a great choice (just avoid the fatty extras like creamy dressings) but aim for three of the four food groups, not just veggies.
Add some chickpeas for protein, a sprinkling of cheese for dairy, and a whole-grain bun.
"Grains are a primary source of energy," she
explains, and without them you'll be hungry again.
Other healthy options?
For sushi, "choose the rolls that don't include tempura or deep-fried items," Dhaliwal
But dietitians Dhaliwal and Bertani say you don't have to choose your money or your health.
advises snacking on carrot sticks, a handful of nuts, or fruit in the morning to give you the strength to stare down that sweet-and-sour pork combo at lunch.