Preparing and packing your lunch at home to take to work is a great way to enjoy healthy meals during a busy day. You not only save money by packing, you avoid saturated fat, excess calories, and a variety of ingredients you are better off not eating. Unfortunately, it can be tough to come up with lunch ideas that offer variety and nutrition. One of the worst ways to ruin a diet is to grow bored with your meals, so you need to plan ahead and be sure you have plenty of delicious, nutritious options. These five healthy lunch ideas are a great option for enjoying during the work day.
5 Healthy Lunches to Take to Work:
1. Clean-Eating Cobb Salad Salads are an excellent choice for packed lunches. You can make a large portion and divvy it up for the week. This salad is filled with healthy ingredients including vegetables, lean meats, and cheeses. Best of all, it is dressed with red wine vinegar, maple syrup, and olive oil.
2. Roasted Pear Sandwich with Baby Spinach Sandwiches are a great option for packing lunch, but you need to keep things interesting and healthy. This sandwich includes sweet, smoky roasted pears and crisp baby spinach. It is served on whole grain bread, so you do not need to worry about a carbohydrate dip later in the day. Roast several pears over the weekend and use them on multiple sandwiches and in salads throughout the week.
3. Black Bean and Brown Rice Salad
This salad is packed with fiber and great served warm or cold. This is another option that can be prepared in a large portion and served throughout the week. Pita chips are a great accompaniment to the salad or you can serve the ingredients in a tortilla to create a lunch wrap. The beans and rice will fill you up and the zucchini and onions add a bright, vitamin-packed flavor to the dish.
4. Greek Turkey Wraps
Wraps are great for lunch because they are offer the convenience of a sandwich, but with fewer calories than traditional bread. This Greek version features ground turkey, red onion, tomatoes, and feta cheese. If you prefer to eat your lunch salad-style, tear up the tortillas and mix them in with the other ingredients in a reusable container. If Greek food is not appealing for you, there are a number of other ingredients you can use to create a lunch wrap. Anything that works in a sandwich or salad makes a delicious wrap.
5. Paleo Friendly Meaty Veggie Roll-Ups
Similar to a wrap, a roll-up offers lunch convenience. Our Meaty Roll-Up contains plenty of whole, healthy ingredients. You will feel a boost of energy all afternoon when you enjoy this wrap made with whole grain tortillas and fresh vegetables. Most notably, it is a great lunch option for those sticking to a paleo diet plan and avoiding over processed foods.
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