Filipinos often treat lunch like a feast, offering more food on the table than the previous meal.
Along with the main staple of boiled rice, Filipinos prepare dishes such as nilagang baboy/baka, tinolang manok or seafood such as shrimp or fresh fish, a warm treat in an otherwise hot day, sautéed vegetable like pinakbet or string bean adobo and meat or any vegetable recipe along with fried fish. Popular dishes such as adobo are also popular lunch dishes for Filipinos.
As various fruits are abundant all year, it is not surprising to find banana, mango or fruit salad served after a full meal. Fruit salad, ice cream are alternative to fruit servings for dessert. Bigger family meals often call for ice-cold soft drinks or fruit juice as alternative to water.