Getting started on the healthy eating path is a struggle itself but I’ve found that people have the MOST difficult time deciding what to eat for lunch. Most of us work a 9-5 job and are limited when it comes to our lunch hour. There’s temptation all around and all we want is a quick and easy solution. Sound familiar? I’ve put together 5 healthy lunch ideas that are easy to make to help you get started. You’ll notice that all of these can be made in bulk ahead of time which will only make your work week easier. Let’s get started!
1. The salads
(Tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad)
I grouped all these together because we’re going to use the same simple recipe for each one, only we’ll swap out the preferred protein. Here’s the basic recipe:
* 2 Ripe avocados, peeled and mashed
* 1 Tablespoon lemon or lime juice
* 1/2 Onion chopped
* Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
* Protein of choice:
Rotisserie chicken, pulled apart
Canned tuna in water
NOTE: You can enjoy these salads in a romaine lettuce wrap or on sliced cucumbers.
2. Veggie salad
Your ordinary salads don’t have to be boring!! I like to get creative and pack it with a ton of veggies and other yummy foods. Here are some ideas:
* Start with a pre-made bag salad and add…
*Thinly sliced red onion
* Peppers of all colors
* Sliced cucumbers
* Deli meat
3. Deli meat roll-ups
I love doing this because it’s so simple! You’re basically making a sandwoch without the bread. Here’s what you need:
* Deli meat of your choice
* Cheese of your choice
* Mashed avocado (optional)
* Mustard (optional)
* Spinach, onion, tomato (optional)
Lay your deli meat out flat and top with cheese. Place toppings of your choice (mashed avocado, mustard, veggies, etc.) on top. Next you want to roll everything up and eat!
4. Stir fry
I love making a big batch of stir fry for the week because there are no rules. I throw anything I have lying around right in! Here are some things I like to put in mine.
* Lots of veggies. You can go with a frozen stir fry mix or throw in whatever you have in the fridge. Onion, peppers, garlic, mushrooms, zucchini, and broccolli are always my go to.
* Protein. This can be chicken, steak, ham, pork, you name it! Sometimes I just do what I have leftovers of.
* Cauliflower rice. This will take the carbs out of regular rice. All you have to do to run your cauliflower through a food processor and fry up with some butter.
* Salt and pepper for seasoning.
5. Crock pot soups
These are my FAVORITE in the winter. It’s so easy to make a huge batch on Sunday and portion it out for the whole week. I really like to do beef stew because you can add in so many veggies and really make it a hearty meal. As with the stir fry, get creative and throw whatever you can think of in there! Here’s a recipe to get you started.
Getting in shape is hard enough. The last thing you need to stress over is preparing complicated meals for your family. It doesn’t have to be that way! Here you have 5 healthy lunch ideas that are incredibly easy and can be made ahead of time. There’s no excuses!
Tell me, what’s your favorite healthy lunch??