If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, lunch runs a close second. For most people 11am is the time when their stomach starts to growl and concentration begins to flag.
A recent survey conducted by real food company, Pitango, discovered that 41% of participants skip lunch at least once a week and 76% of those skipping are using the most common excuse – they are just too busy.
Accredited Dietitian and Nutritionist at Healthy Bods Nutrition, Courtney Bates, says: ‘By the time 12pm comes around your blood sugar levels will be beginning to drop, particularly if you’ve eaten an early breakfast. This can leave you feeling increasingly tired and lacking focus’.
Pitango has partnered with Courtney Bates to prove that being too busy is no excuse to not eat lunch. ‘Skipping lunch can rev up your appetite later, causing you to overeat or choose foods that have poor nutritional values’. Courtney believes that taking a few minutes for lunch will re-fuel your body and help you feel refreshed, focused, and ready to take on the rest of the day.
‘Choosing options for a quick and easy lunch like Pitango’s Meal Pots for One will keep you fuller for longer and help ward off the 3pm munchies’, states Courtney. ‘These meal pots are a perfect solution – they are packed full of fresh ingredients including lots of fresh vegetables and are quick and easy to heat and eat, making them ideal for any healthy meal’.
Over 40% of those surveyed said they would prefer their daily desk lunch to be healthy but easy, with more than a third wishing they had a convenient option that tastes homemade.
While almost 70% of people admitted they purchase lunch one or more times a week claiming they have no time to prepare complicated and time-consuming meals at home, Courtney says easy meals like Pitango’s Meal Pots for One are the perfect option for people with a busy working lifestyle.
‘People actually love to eat healthy, because they feel good. It is just time-consuming to prepare all your lunches at home, which is why people tend to fall back on quick, convenient, unhealthy options,’ continues Courtney. ‘Brands that can offer healthy, home-style cooked, convenient options for work day lunches, like Pitango, are an excellent choice for busy people who still want to eat well’.
Pitango’s Meal Pots For One contain natural ingredients that you would find in your own kitchen at home. They are portion-controlled, contain less than 300 calories, have a minimum of 11g protein and a nice and simple ingredient list. They are also ready in just three minutes – a perfect meal for the 76% of people interviewed who admit eating lunch at their desk.
‘Pitango Meal Pots for One are so simple,’ comments Sharon Addington, Marketing Manager for Pitango, ‘simply pop in the microwave, grab a fork, and in as little as three minutes you have a delicious lunch ready to enjoy anywhere!’.
Pitango’s Meal Pots for One are created in the Pitango kitchen using simple, homestyle cooking techniques and the freshest of ingredients from local growers. For example, the Pitango Meal Pots range includes the authentic Japanese Miso Chicken & Soba Noodles which contains real carrots, ginger and free range chicken – and has nearly 13 grams of protein and low GI carbohydrates.
‘This lunch will leave you satisfied and re-energised rather than full and sluggish’, says Courtney, ‘choosing low glycaemic index (GI) carbohydrates such as soba noodles, chickpeas and basmati rice in the Meal Pots For One provide you with longer lasting energy’.
Pitango Meal Pots for One are available in the refrigerated section of Woolworths stores nationally. RRP $5.00.