healthy lunch ideas for busy peeps

Not sure what to bring to work that is easy to prep, healthy and taste's good. 

Tackling the lunchbox, is not easy. It seems that we are far too busy to make time for healthy and delicious lunches that are made with extra love in our own kitchen.  

Here are a few ideas that I hope will help you out on ways to make lunch simple and healthy… 

  • Plan ahead: By planning your weekly meals in advance you are guaranteed to have healthy ingredients in your kitchen to work with. this is also one of the easiest ways to save money on your grocery bill, eliminate food waste and reduce stress!
  • Leftovers: Once you have your weekly meals planned out, making extra's at dinner doesn't take any more time, and it's a great way to have lunch ready to go the next day. while leftover's may not be what you are looking for every day, it certainly can save you some time + stress 2-3 times a week.
  • Consistent snacks + meals: Try to eat every 2-3 hours to stabilize blood sugar levels and provide you with long lasting energy throughout the day. This is important so that you aren't chewing your arm off by lunch time. Try to keep snacks on hand to have throughout the day. Some of these foods and beverages to consider are....
    • Water (sliced lemon's are always great to keep on hand)
    • Herbal tea's
    • Fresh pressed fruit OR vegetable juice
    • Chopped up raw fruit + veggies
    • Homemade trail mix (nuts+seeds+dried fruit)
    • Hummus + crackers (Mary's Organics are my fav)
    • Natural energy bars (homemade are best OR a kind like larabar)
    • Apple + almond butter
    • Greek yogurt + homemade granola 
    • Hard boiled eggs w. sea salt
    • Smoothie

Here are some healthy lunch idea's:

  • Large mixed green salad + sandwich on whole grain bread.
    • The key to great hearty salads that will keep you satisfied and not bored is to play around with the ingredients. use a variety of greens. Add all sorts of colours of vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds such as walnuts, almonds, sunflower, and pumpkin. Add an avocado. Use a variety of plant and animal protein. Make your own salad dressing.
    • Large mixed green salad + handful of crackers or 2 pieces of whole grain bread
    • Soup + salad (you can make large batches of soup on the weekend to last you throughout the week)
    • Chopped raw veggies (ex. bell peppers, carrots, celery, cucumber, etc) + sandwich OR pita OR wrap
    • Cold grain salad (ex. bean + quinoa salad or anything made with whole grains such as quinoa, farro, bulgur, millet, etc) + handful of chopped raw veggies
    • Chicken wrap OR pita (whole grain)  + soup AND/OR salad
    • Cold pizza + salad (the pizza may be from the previous night OR made in the morning on a pita w. veggies + goat cheese)
    • Wrap OR pita OR bread w. hummus + cucumber + sprouts + romaine + soup OR salad
    • Any leftover from the previous nights dinner (ex. pasta, stir-fry, burrito, etc)

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I hope this will help to serve as a guide.

I really do believe that planning your meals in advance is so important.

It will also save time by washing and chopping your vegetables in advance, ideally as soon as you get home from grabbing your groceries so that it's done. 

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I found a few recipes to give you some idea's ....

Angela from Oh She Glows (one of my fav blogs) did a great post about vegan and gluten free make-ahead lunch idea's that you can read here + here.

Here is a great chilli recipe, as well as an egg salad sandwich that looks so yummy! These are taken from the blog (never home) maker that has so many great recipes as well as other healthy information.

Get in that kitchen and make your lunches count so that you have that sustained energy and brain power you need to get through your day!