Lunchtime can be a real challenge when you want to keep your food choices healthy. Are there tantalizing treats in the break room or too many snack days in your department? Temptation can steer you off of your path quickly, leaving you feeling disappointed and defeated. To avoid these negative feelings, it's important to be proactive about your meals for the work week. Whip up these simple lunches in just minutes so you can enjoy healthy lunches all week.
Quinoa Bowl. Quinoa is a food that is easy to prepare, very nutritious and that is really convenient to take to work with you. Of course, you want a little more in your bowl than just quinoa, but you can add anything you want to make your bowl delicious and filling. Grilled chicken and vegetables that you enjoy – like broccoli, zucchini, onion and a sauce of your choice.
Mason Jar Salads. These are so simple and you can prepare them for the whole week in one afternoon. Use mason jars to hold your salad ingredients so when you empty your jar into a bowl, it creates the delicious lunch salad for you. Start by putting dressing in first, then your toppings and veggies. Finish off your jar by adding your greens last. This will keep your dressing away from your greens, so they won't get soggy. You can store these in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Lettuce Wraps. Simple enough, toss your favorite chopped veggies and any leftover ingredients from your fridge in a lettuce leaf. Drizzle with a complimenting sauce and wrap it up. These pair well with soup, so keep that in mind as you are meal prepping for the week.
These are just a few examples of all the delicious meals you can prepare quickly at home and take to work without too much of a hassle. Some take a little more time than others, but you can always use Sunday to prep your meals for the entire week. So simple, delicious, convenient and affordable!
Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach who specializes in helping people make their own healthy changes by providing private health and lifestyle coaching, nutrition education and wellness classes with guidance and gentle support for lasting weight loss and building healthier habits. Learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com.