14 Tips to a Healthy Fuss-Free Lunch, You’ll Love #6!
We’re not going to lie. Healthy living and eating requires a serious amount of time and effort to prepare all those healthy and tasty meals in the kitchen. Alongside breakfast, dinner and all the other demands put on you during the day, lunch can easily be overlooked. We often end up wasting money buying one, skipping it altogether or reaching for unhealthy snacks and comfort foods at our desk. Lunch should be a really important part of your day but that doesn’t mean it has to be stressful. We have 14 tips and ideas for you so that you can enjoy a fuss-free lunchtime that’s healthy too!
#1 Use Your Leftovers For a Taste of Vietnam
Got meat leftover from last night’s dinner? Need to rustle up a quick lunch? Spread mayonnaise on rolls and top with cucumber, carrots and cilantro. Add your meat. Simple.
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#2 Mason Jar Salads
Hipster prep-ahead salads. What could be better? Make a bunch at the weekend to take to work during the week. Best of all, they’ll taste nice and fresh because the dressing is added first with everything else piled on top. Just grab yourself a fork.
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Stick your BBQ beef in the slow cooker overnight and wake up to fresh and delicious filling for a simple Tex-Mex sandwich.
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#4 Back to Basics
There’s nothing easier to make for lunch than a simple sandwich. Just keep a mere 5 minutes spare in your morning routine to put one together. Make sure you choose delicious whole-grain bread and why not try healthier vegan fillings, like hummus, avocado and other fresh veggies.
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#5 Homemade Yoghurt Parfait
Make a batch of these cute desserts to keep you from relying on unhealthy office snacks throughout the week. Non-fat plain Greek yoghurt mixed with vegetables and sweet potato will satisfy your cravings without all the artificial sweeteners, flavours, or preservatives.
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#6 Trail Mix Energy Cookies
Another healthy snack to fuel your day that you can easily prep a big batch of in advance. Filled with protein-packed whole grains, seeds and fruit, these cookies have a rightful place in a healthy and balanced diet.
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#7 Bento Box
Lunchboxes aren’t just for kids! This is also probably the easiest way to regulate your portion sizes and make sure you’re getting the right variety of food groups. Changing up your sides will keep lunches exciting and different each day.
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#8 Simple Salad
There’s really no excuse to not bring a healthy lunch like this with you in the morning when it only takes 2 minutes to make. Stir your protein-packed tuna and chickpeas together straight from the can, with a few other fresh veggies. Done!
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#9 Power Smoothie
We all know that a big, heavy lunch can leave you in a slump, so why not try a light and fruity boost instead? There’s nothing better than an energising smoothie to brighten up your afternoon and it’s easy to make a batch of it to store in your fridge and reach for each morning as you step out the door.
#10 30-Minute Tabbouleh
While your lentils are cooking you can prep the other veggies and go about the rest of your morning routine. Throw it all together with oil and seasoning. Who says homemade lunch is boring?
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#11 Easy Spelt Pizza
Pizza for lunch that’s homemade, easy-to-make AND healthy? Is that even possible? Well, yes it is. Combine your flour, baking powder, sea salt and sugar in a bowl. Beat buttermilk, oil, egg and 100ml water together then add that to the flour mix. Roll out, bake for 15 minutes and top with shallots, rocket, salmon and ricotta. Wow.
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#12 Homemade Soup
Ditch the canned stuff. Homemade soup is hearty and comforting, and you can easily make enough to last you for a few lunches.
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#13 Make Enough Dinner For Leftovers
Half your workload by focusing on making big portions of delicious and healthy dinners in the evening. Put the leftovers straight in the lunchbox afterwards so that, come the morning, you can just throw the yummy leftovers into your bag.
#14 Muffin Tray Eggs
Cook eggs en masse with an oven tray. Eggs are damn good for you, cheap, and can easily be thrown in sandwiches and salads or enjoyed as a lunchtime snack. Make a batch each Sunday for stress-free week. Oven cooking also results in easier-to-peel shells which is always a bonus!
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