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Whilst there’s no denying that salads are a great way to include more fresh vegetables and protein into your diet, eating it every day for lunch can get, well, a bit boring. If you look beyond the baby tomatoes and rocket leaves there are plenty of other healthy options for perfectly balanced tasty lunch that are still totally nutritious and mouth wateringly delicious.
We have put together some great ideas for lunches that are packed with goodness and whilst we know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we think this comes a pretty close second.
Open Avocado Sandwich
One super-quick option for a tasty lunch is an open avocado sandwich. This is easiest done at home so you don’t have to wrap in foil or arrange in a lunch box. Simply toast a slice of whole grain or granary bread, add slices of ripe avocado then top with beef tomatoes and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and lemon juice. Even if you go for two servings you won’t be overloading on the carbs but will have an omega-3 packed meal that will keep you going until teatime.
Quinoa on the go
If you haven’t heard the press about quinoa, where have you been? This amazing grain is low in calories but high in protein and taste. Quinoa bowls are great for taking to work or using as picnics and pretty much anything goes when it comes to toppings. Use your imagination and whether it’s spinach and tuna, peppers and kale, butternut squash and goat’s cheese or salmon and avocado, we bet it will be tasty.
Pack a Pitta
We adore wholemeal pitta for lunch and the fab thing is you can pretty much pack them with anything you fancy. One of our favourites is to go Greek. Think creamy feta, black olives, red onions, ripe tomatoes, tuna and lettuce all inside a super healthy pitta bread. You can add some mayo but a little black pepper, olive oil and lemon juice and you are ready to go. What is not to like?
Sounds tricky and a faff but this is really simply and very good for you. Take some fresh stir-fry vegetables, some crumbled tofu and a bottle of soy sauce. Sauté everything together and in just minutes you will have a simple, but satisfying, lunch that is warming too.
Vegetable and Hummus Sandwich
This has to be the ultimate deli sandwich. Layer hummus, avocado, grated carrots and tomatoes for a protein packed sandwich that will leave you filled with fiber and nutrients for the rest of the day. No mayo necessary, sprouts optional and satisfaction is guaranteed.
Nothing is quite as comforting on a chilly afternoon than a steaming bowl of tomato soup and it’s even better if it’s homemade. Throw in some carrots, spinach, corn, tomatoes plus lentils beans and maybe a potato, and you have a healthy lunch that will last for several days. Add a spoonful of natural yogurt and a sprinkling of basil before packing this soup in your thermos and you can even enjoy this iconic lunch at your desk
The great thing about a frittata is that you can eat it hot or cold, for lunch or dinner with water or wine and it is always a winner. You can make your frittata uber-healthy and protein rich if you simply add extra beans, kale, broccoli and tuna to those eggs, onions and peppers.
Fun with focaccia
Stuffed focaccia with a little mascarpone cheese, artichoke hearts, and slices of salami or lean chicken with sweet corn and mayo or maybe beef and horseradish – the ideas are endless.
The only decision now, is which one to try first?