Find yourself grabbing fast food or skipping lunch day after day because, well, meetings, work, and more work? It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are three lunch ideas that you can easily fit into a hectic day, keeping you full and healthy.
Bento Box – Popular with school-aged children, bento boxes can also be great for grown-ups. Put together any combination of yummy foods, choosing a protein, fat, and carbohydrate. Include fruit or veggies, and you have a complete meal. Here are some combinations to consider:
Tuna salad, celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, triscuits with cheddar cheese, blueberries
Diced chicken (buy it frozen), almonds, carrot sticks with hummus, hard boiled egg, pita or bagel chips
Salmon, salad greens, strawberries, pistachios, avocado
These don’t have to be heated so it’s perfect when you need something quick.
Sandwich System – This is what I do for my kids but it can work for grownups, too. Start with a healthy sandwich. Peanut butter and jelly works! But, whatever you like is fine. Tuna salad, egg salad, deli meat with cheese, lettuce and tomato, anything! Then add a fruit, vegetable, and healthy chips. If you have a sweet tooth a small piece of dark chocolate does the trick. You can also include a protein drink to add protein and nutrients to the meal.
Super Salad – You can’t go wrong with a salad. Start with greens, and add anything you like! Make sure to include a protein, such as egg, chicken, salmon, or tuna. Healthy fats are good choices, too, such as avocado or nuts. Go easy on the dressing and you’ve got yourself a healthy, quick lunch. If salad doesn’t fill you up, have yogurt or a banana on hand, too, to top it off.