If you’re not careful, then you can end up eating unhealthy food at lunchtime. The middle of the day is typically not the best time to start thinking about food when you’re hungry and dealing with work stress. Here are six healthy lunch options that you can prepare and have ready to go.
Bowl of Grains
Some people call this the Buddha bowl. It’s incredibly easy to create and fun to eat. This is one grain bowl that has lots of fresh ingredients balanced in colors and flavors. Here are ideas to include in your bowl of grains:
- Sweet potatoes
- Pickled red onions
Serve all of the above ingredients over freshly-cooked wheat berries. You’ll be the envy of the lunch room after you top it all off with some yummy green goddess dressing and dig in.
Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Trying to find a good replacement for a tuna salad or chicken sandwich? Prepare a chickpea salad sandwich and get ready to enjoy a lunch any vegetarian will love.
Use avocado as an alternative to mayo. The chickpeas add in a little sweetness and earthiness. Top the mixture off with yellow mustard, garlic and green onion. Once you mix all the ingredients together and add it to your sandwich, you’ll end up biting into absolute creamy goodness between those two pieces of bread. Once you taste a chickpea salad sandwich, it’s doubtful you’ll ever go back to meat.
Vegetable Club Sandwich
Here’s another excellent alternative to using meat. Layer the following ingredients to make this delicious club sandwich:
- Baby arugula
- Red onion
- Smoked mozzarella or tofu
- Bell pepper
- Sun-dried tomatoes
Don’t be afraid to get creative and add in your own different ingredients, such as hummus for added protein. Throw extra arugula on the club for a fresher taste. This is one of those lunches that makes you feel good to bite into.
Sweet Potato Toast with Roasted Peppers, Arugula and Steak
Use an open-face sandwich by using sweet potatoes as a replacement for bread. Cut the sweet potatoes into planks and then roast them. Add arugula, thinly-sliced steak and roasted red peppers and you have yourself a wonderful lunch. If steak is a bit too expensive, then use deli meat instead. You can even make this one a vegetarian lunch by using mashed black beans in place of the meat. Just add a bit of salt and pepper to the beans to spruce things up.
Light Stuffed Peppers
This is a lunch you can get prepped in only 10 minutes and it’s full of tasty ingredients. Here’s what you need:
- Dried oregano
- Tomato paste
- Long-grain white rice
- Lean ground beef
- Red peppers
Combine all the ingredients and allow the rice to marry the unique flavors of everything into a delicious dish. Stuff each of the peppers individually with the mixture and heat. Place each pepper in its own carton in the fridge. This makes it easy to grab one every morning for a quick lunch.
Avocado and Crab Salad
Do you love salads but are feeling a little bored with all your usual concoctions? The avocado and crab salad solves this little problem. This is one salad that’s packed with fresh ingredients, such as lemon, basil, haricots vert, romaine, chives and avocado. Add in the crab meat and some anchovies and your taste buds are in for a treat.
Try each of the above healthy lunch options and see which one is your favorite. It’s likely you’ll try each of them more than once!