Lunchtime is the right time to fuel up for the rest of your day, no matter what’s on the schedule. It’s too easy to cave to fast food temptation or convenience store desperation when you’re in the middle of a busy day. But these 10 lunches in under 10 minutes make it easy to nourish your body so you can rock the afternoon.
While breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day, the reality is that every meal is important, including lunch. One study revealed that people who ate lunch at a regular time were more likely to lose weight over a 20-week period than those who ate lunch after 3 p.m. . That midday meal kicks your body into gear for the rest of the day and helps fight off the sugary or salty snack attacks that keep you on the diet yo-yo.
The key to eating in a way that supports weight loss is to plan menus ahead of time. Bookmark or pin at least one of these quick and healthy lunch recipes so you can shop for ingredients and be ready to go.
1. Chickpea Cucumber Salad
The ingredients, including lean protein-rich chickpeas, combine quickly and easily to fuel you for the afternoon.
2. Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar
This lunch, which incorporates avocado, Greek yogurt, and more, preps even faster if you prepare the lean turkey the night before.
3. Jalapeno Lime Tuna Salad
Slice peppers and avocado, and mix them with canned tuna for a healthy lunch with a kick.
4. Overstuffed Veggie Sandwich
From carrots to cucumbers, this lunch is a slice-and-stack sandwich that offers simplicity and clean eating goodness.
5. Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette
Use leftover cooked quinoa to mix this easy-prep, super-tasty light lunch recipe.
6. Spring Salad in an Avocado
Your body will love quick and healthy lunch recipes like this salad, which incorporates baby kale, pea pods, and radishes in an avocado shell.
7. Spicy Chili with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
Make a batch on Sunday for a week’s worth of heat-n-go lunches. This chili recipe also freezes well, so set aside a few frozen servings for those crazy-busy days.
8. Spinach Pear Walnut Salad
This yummy salad is a superfood-packed light lunch. For an extra protein boost, add slices of leftover cooked chicken breast.
9. Vegetarian Panini
Prep roasted red peppers the evening before for a quick lunch complete with tomatoes, onions, goat cheese, and more.
10. Clean-Eating Cobb Salad
Enjoy quick and healthy lunch recipes like this one, which is made with whole, clean-eating ingredients like avocado and tomatoes.
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