Packing a healthy lunch is easier than you think.
Breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day and dinner is always hyped up because it’s the last meal of the day, and it’s also one that’s usually shared with friends and/or family. While breakfast and dinner are great for these reasons, what about lunch? Everyone always seems to forget about that mid-day meal that keeps us going from breakfast to dinner. These weight watchers lunches under 7 smart points deserve their due.
If you ask me, lunch doesn’t get enough credit. It’s actually a meal that boosts your metabolism, re-energizes you, and fuels your ability to concentrate and stay focused. Lunch is also important because, contrary to popular weight loss belief, skipping meals usually causes weight gain–especially when that meal is lunch. People who skip lunch are more prone to over-eating when dinnertime comes around.
I know that when I skip lunch, not only is it more difficult to have portion control during dinnertime, but it’s also much more difficult to turn down unhealthy foods. This is because skipping lunch causes my hunger levels to rise so high that I just want to eat everything and anything in sight.
Don’t let that false weight loss belief fool you. Check out these 26 Weight Watchers lunches under 7 smart points and continue to trim that waistline! I’ve found that packing these lunches has helped me to trim mine. Now it’s your turn.
1. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps (6 Freestyle SmartPoints)
Calling all Taco Tuesday celebrators! This lunch is the perfect party meal. It’s only 6 smart points, full of flavor, low in carbs, and high in protein.
Try bringing it to the table the next time you celebrate the wonderful foodie holiday of Taco Tuesday. Once you do, you’re sure to be asked to bring it to the table much more often than on Tuesdays.
2. Mushroom and Steak Fajita Sandwiches (11 Freestyle SmartPoints)
This lunch is perfect for the typical steak lover. It’s full of protein, contains vitamins B6 and B12, is 6 smart points, and has some veggies in it too!
3. Heirloom Tomato Salad (6 Freestyle SmartPoints)
Fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese? Yes please!
This light lunch is too refreshing for words and is just 6 smart points. Plus, it gives all of you cheese lovers (I’m a huge cheese lover, myself) your daily fix without any guilt.
4. Wake Me Up, Keep Me Going Smoothie (8 Freestyle SmartPoints)
Sometimes you need a wake up call in the middle of the day! More often than not, I hear this Wake Me Up, Keep Me Going Smoothie calling my name right when one o’clock hits. It’s the perfect, healthy way to keep me going for the rest of the day, AND it’s only 6 smart points!
Oh, and let’s not forget that it tastes even better after completing our Wake Me Up, Keep Me Going Workout Challenge.
5. Asparagus Frittata with Herb Blossoms (5 Freestyle SmartPoints)
Get in your veggies and your protein with this recipe! Everyone in the office is sure to be jealous when you’re heating up a container full of asparagus, eggs, and parmesan cheese. And, better yet, they’ll continue being jealous when you bring it in the next three days too.
This recipe makes 4 servings–each only 147 calories and 5 smart points.
I know I’d be asking for a bite!
6. Crispy Mediterranean Vegetable Cakes (6 Freestyle SmartPoints)
Mediterranean food is my all-time favorite type of food. Although I do sometimes choose other foods over it depending on my cravings, it’s still the one type that I am always in the mood for and, if offered, will always say “yes” to with enthusiasm. With just 6 smart points, this Mediterranean-lover’s dream is full of vegetables–from spinach to artichoke hearts to tomatoes to olives! You won’t be disappointed while eating this meal for lunch.
7. Slow Cooker Red Lentil Curry (0 Freestyle SmartPoints)
This recipe is one of my go-to’s on those chillier days. Eating it for lunch warms me right up and helps get me through the rest of my day.
This 6 smart point lunch contains ingredients that provide numerous nutrients. These ingredients include:
Ingredients such as ginger and turmeric are metabolism boosting, while other ingredients such as lentils are energy boosting. No wonder it fills me up and keeps me going!