You’re at work, it’s lunchtime. You probably see the same three choices every day, whether you’re dining out or cooking at home. Perhaps your coworkers have grown tired of the same three options every day. These eight lunches won’t get old. Each meal offers healthy options and lots of protein so you’ll be satisfied until dinner.
1) Avocado Toast
2 slices whole-grain bread, 1 mashed avocado, salt, pepper and minced fresh cilantro. To make it even more substantial, top with a poached or sunny-side-up egg. For an additional protein boost, you can add sliced turkey breast. This is my favorite quick lunch–you’ll feel great after eating all the healthy fats! Avocado toast is a great pairing with my Cucumber Melon Salad (see Recipe). You don’t need to make lunch ahead. Instead, grab precut vegetables and put together a simple summer salad (see recipe). As many vegetables as you can. The former and crunchier the veggies, the better they will last.
2) Low-Carb Sushi Rolls
You don’t have to give up sushi if you are trying to cut down on carbs. Many low-carb options for sushi are available and many are equally delicious as the more traditional. These five low-carb sushi rolls will fill you up and leave you satisfied. Each recipe has less than 20 grams of carbs per serving. These recipes are also rich in protein, which will keep you full until your next meal. Try them next time you’re in need of lunch on the go.
3) Roasted Cauliflower and Tandoori Yogurt Sauce
For a delicious, yet easy, lunch idea, pair roasted cauliflower with spicy tandoori sauce yogurt sauce. The tandoori spice blend adds a punch, while yogurt gives it a smooth texture. This recipe is perfect for weekday lunches as it takes only 20 minutes to make. Serves 2.
4) Grilled Vegetable Pizza
Are you bored with your lunches You want to increase your vegetable intake, but don’t have the time to cook. Grilled vegetable pizza is a great option. This healthy lunch option is delicious and nutritious. Here are the instructions. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly brush a baking sheet with olive oil, or line it up with parchment paper. If desired, place a whole-wheat pizza dough on top. Or, roll out a homemade pie crust until it is thin enough to be visible when it is held up to the light.
5) Baked eggs with Zucchini and Tomato.
These baked eggs make a wonderful breakfast. Zucchini is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber. It also has very few calories. Tomatoes provide over 15% of the daily recommended fiber intake and are a great source of vitamin c and A. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in eggs, which may help lower cholesterol. These ingredients make for a nutritious breakfast that will keep your stomach full until lunch.
6) Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon and Croutons
Cut three bacon slices into quarter-inch pieces. Place the bacon in a skillet on medium heat. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until golden. Cut four to five brussels sprouts in small pieces. Transfer the cooked brussels sprouts to a plate and drain any grease. Grab an old-fashioned sandwich bag (or any other type) from your kitchen drawer. Next, cut one corner off to create a 4-inch x 4-inch plastic.
7) Spiralized Veggie Pad Thai
If you are trying to reduce your waistline, making pad thai from zucchini is a good option. To make a healthier version of Thai favorite dish, replace noodles with spiralized zucchini. You’ll feel full and energetic, without compromising your diet. It takes only five minutes to prepare! Sauté garlic and onions in sesame oil or coconut oil until fragrant. Next, add thinly sliced zucchini along with seasonings such as tamari and soy sauce. After about 2 minutes, add in crushed peanuts and cilantro. For an extra kick, add some chili paste or hot sauce to the dish.
8) Grilled Chicken Caesar Kebabs
Grill or use an indoor grill pan. Balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, basil, oregano can be used to grill your chicken. Two wooden skewers should be brushed with olive oil. Use olive oil to coat two wooden skewers. Thread chunks of grilled chicken breast, cherry tomatoes, and croutons on each skewer. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Lightly drizzle with olive oil. Grill each side for 5 minutes until cooked through. Serve warm with Caesar dressing.