Lunch is an everyday occurrence.
Monday through Sunday, we’re responsible for feeding ourselves, primarily with three meals a day, and lunch is the midday energizer for conquering the afternoon strong while working at the office or managing the household.
Grabbing a protein bar or even skipping lunch altogether is easy to do. Making time to eat a satisfying lunch, however, will improve your health and revitalize your mind and body. These versatile and delicious healthy lunch ideas are not only guilt-free, but indulgent as well.
Forgo the bread or wraps and freshen your lunch with leafy green lettuce. Go protein-style and cut up cooked chicken into bite-size pieces. Add the chicken to the lettuce and top with almond slices, matchstick carrots and chopped shitake mushrooms. Drizzle soy sauce, and you’ve quickly created a gourmet Paleo-esque lunch that’ll help you power through your day.
Tuna and egg salad are also easy-to-make stuffing for deliciously light lettuce wraps. Add sliced tomato and diced celery to the tuna salad filling, and spread Greek yogurt onto the lettuce wraps for a bit of flavor. Top your egg salad filling with salami bites and peas shoots for tasty flair.
Sometimes, we can’t keep up with our hunger. Time is limited, and fast food is the only option in sight. Continue to steer clear of the savory cheeseburgers and salty french fries. Instead look or salads or green options on the menu or lean meat sandwiches like turkey and chicken. When getting sandwiches, ask for whole-wheat bread or even gluten free if that’s available.
Veggie Pasta Salad
While concocting a veggie pasta salad, the ingredient options are endless. The goal is to delicately accent your salad with whole-wheat pasta, and go heavy on the veggies. Mix rotini with diced sweet onion, chopped tomato, cucumbers, and zucchini. Add olives and feta cheese. Whisk together olive oil, tomato sauce, lime juice, and red wine vinegar as the dressing. Sprinkle garlic powder, minced hot chili pepper, salt, and pepper. The fresh pasta salad with a hint of heat and tasty veggies will be a midday indulgence you’ll look forward to all morning.
You can also replace rotini with bow-tie pasta and throw in cubed avocado and garbanzo beans for healthy fats and fiber. Other superfood ingredients include cooked kale, snap peas, broccoli, and carrot slices. Add in sausage slices, tuna or grilled chicken for a heartier salad. A homemade light lemon-herb dressing or balsamic vinaigrette will be like the frosting that tops the cake.