Now we’re open for food at lunchtime, we’ve told you about the exciting soup recipes we’ve got in store for you.
We know that sadly we can’t expect you every day, so thought we’d talk a little about some lunch ideas you might like to think about instead when you’re not here.
Loved by everyone and every occasion, these lunch ideas are a great way to get more nutrients into your meal.
Sandwich, Wrap, Roll, & Wrap Healthy Lunch Ideas
The best healthy sandwiches for lunch are the ones that are prepared with lean meats, cheese, vegetables, and whole grain bread. These tasty sandwiches keep well in the refrigerator for up to four days, so you can prepare it ahead of time and save on your food bill at the end of the day. Stuff it with hummus, sliced tomatoes, olives, and fresh herbs, take one to work and you will be the envy of your office at lunch time.
Wrap up your lunch in a tortilla or wrap it in a lettuce leaf. The key here is to use all natural ingredients, such as wraps and tortillas, because you want your meat, breads, vegetables, etc. to stay as fresh as possible.
A sandwich is a favourite for lunch. Make a sandwich or some toast with your lunch meat choice, but remember to add raisins, or any other healthy snack you choose. A fresh salad, or fruit, make your sandwich more filling, and they are easy to clean up afterwards. You can eat these sandwiches as is, or make things a little more exciting with some cheese, ham, tuna, chicken, or any other ingredient you would like.
Lunches are good for kids, too. If they love to play soccer, try putting a slice of pizza into their lunch-box with a topping in their team’s colours. You can even use the same trick at home on a whole grain bun for breakfast. If they enjoy running around at school in their dinner hour, think about energy levels and try to put a cheese-and-jam sandwich on a wheat bun for a lunch that will keep them active through the afternoon.
Lunch choices are not limited to the typical sandwiches you find in your regular grocery store. There are so many delicious choices for lunches and snacks, that you might have trouble finding something healthy to eat every day. Try to find healthy combinations of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, nuts, olives, dried beans, whole wheat crackers, rice cakes, yoghurt, nuts, and so much more.
Remember, there are no rules, other than to treat yourself to something that you enjoy. That isn’t the same as filling your belly with sugary snacks, you can quickly train your taste buds to crave savoury treats too!
These healthy lunches are good for people of any age. Children can have their favourite sandwiches, and adults can still get energy from their ideal choice of healthy snack too.
These types of lunches are always good for you too, since they are high in protein and fibre. They are healthy, delicious, and can even be fun to eat. It’s like locating your inner child when you open up that lunch-box.
One of the most popular lunches for those that are health conscious is a bowl of fruits and vegetables. Instead of having lunch meats or sandwiches, try a salad with a handful of carrots, celery, radishes, swede, and cucumbers. This meal is also healthy, tasty, and filling, and it can be paired with a smoothie or juice – great if you are trying to stay healthy.
If you are trying to lose weight, you may want to avoid adding more fats to your diet. Whole grains provide fibre, while fruits, vegetables, and nuts help maintain proper nutrition levels in the body.
When it comes to sandwiches, you can add fruit or nuts, but try not to cut anything out of the sandwich. For example, when it comes to a fruit with a peanut butter sandwich, the peanut butter provides the body with a lot of antioxidants, while the fruit provides the body with the fibre it needs. The fruit can go very easily be eaten raw at any time of day and stay fresh, while the peanut butter can stay in the sandwich and last for several hours. When the sandwich is baked, this is not an issue, and it can even be reheated after it is made, making it even more enjoyable.
Other delicious lunch ideas include popcorn chicken, or egg salad, which can be served with grilled vegetables and a little rice. A vegetable and salad sandwich with a slice of toast makes a great snack for breakfast, and a fruit and cheese sandwich makes a nice lunch or snack after dinner. Another great idea is a yoghurt shake for an afternoon pick me up. It can be topped with fresh berries and nuts or a small salad.
Whatever you choose, balance is key. Not too much fat or sugar, but allow yourself some. People who obsess over food tend to end up unhealthy, whereas a little of what you want, without going overboard, is rarely a problem.