Whether you are trying to maintain a healthy diet, save money, or both, packing lunch is a smart option. However, after a while, you may run out of ideas or grow tired of your lunch routine. You can avoid this by making adjustments here and there. Here are some tips to keep your lunch healthy and exciting.
Salads are a healthy, easy, and delicious choice for lunch. Greens are very nutritious, containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. However, salads can get boring day after day if you stick to the same basic ingredients.
An easy way to reinvent your salad is to try a different base. Some great alternatives include massaged kale, baby romaine, cabbage, or bok choy.
Another way to change things up is to look at your protein source. You can either replace it with a new protein, or simply add another to enhance the flavors and textures of your salad. Try tofu, tempeh, shelled edamame, kidney beans, brown rice, chickpeas, or lentils, all of which are excellent plant-based protein sources.
Lastly, your dressing can really make your salad ingredients shine. Instead of reaching for your preferred store-bought variety, make your own. There are plenty of recipes available online, some as simple as oil and vinegar and spices.
There are plenty of ways to get creative with your sandwiches. For starters, if you use classic white bread for your sandwiches, try using whole grain or sourdough for a change. You can even try pita or other flatbreads to create a pita pocket, gyro or wrap.
Aside from that, you can try different sandwich toppings, or even use last night’s leftovers as a filling. And you can ditch mayo or mustard (or both) for a smear of avocado, hummus, or another flavorful spread. The possibilities are endless.
Go for a variety of healthy snacks instead of a main dish. This variety can make you look forward to lunch more so than before. These can also help sustain your energy throughout the day. Try a healthy mix of sweet and savory snacks, from veggies and hummus to easy energy bites and more.
Rethink Meal Prep
Meal prep is a great way to save time and eat healthy, but with repetitive meals, lunchtime can get dull. Rather than ditching meal prep all together, try prepping some basic ingredients and creating meals that vary from day to day. Don’t be afraid to try new flavor combinations or think outside of the box.
Sure, you want to eat a healthy meal, but will a plain kale salad really satisfy your midday hunger? On paper it may sound like a great and healthy meal, but you may be disappointed come lunch time. Consequently, this disappointment may lead you to fall back on unhealthy habits. Instead, heed the aforementioned tips and pack a tasty, healthy lunch you know you will enjoy.
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