We all want to be healthy but we often struggle for healthy lunch ideas.
Life is busy and that means we tend to buy a random sandwich on our lunch break. The thing is, meal prep isn’t hard when it’s a habit. So, if you want to make sure you have a healthy lunch, take a look at these suggestions.
1. Steak and broccoli protein pots
As the name suggests this meal is high in protein. In fact, there are around 30g in each portion! They’re also gluten-free and take less than 20 minutes to make. Definitely give this one a go for a tasty, healthy lunch.
2. Spicy chicken and avocado wraps
We’re lead to believe that you can’t be healthy without being an avocado addict these days. They’re a good source of potassium and have plenty of healthy fats, so they make a great accompaniment to any meal. This recipe calls for seeded wraps, making an even healthier lunch choice.
3. Light BLT
A BLT is a much-desired lunch, right? You’ve probably bought one in a Tesco meal deal, noticed there are over 500 calories but bought it anyway. Well, this BLT has under 300 calories so you should definitely substitute your store-bought one with this delicious, home-made one. What’s the secret? Ditch the bacon and replace it with prosciutto.
4. BLT pasta salad
While we’re on the topic of BLTs, check out this BLT pasta salad. The lettuce is replaced with spinach but we all know the bacon is the highlight of a BLT anyway. This meal is packed with protein and not too high in fat.
5. Turkey wraps
Turkey wraps are incredibly quick to make if you’ve got some leftover turkey from your Sunday roast. These wraps are low in fat and high in protein. You should definitely give them a go.
6. Chicken, sweetcorn & noodle soup
High in protein, low in fat and under 300 calories. It’s definitely worth checking out this option if you want something a little more complex. It takes longer to make than lots of the other healthy lunch ideas here but it’s definitely worth the extra time!
7. Broccoli pasta salad
Broccoli, green beans, eggs and wholewheat pasta make for a simple and healthy meal. There’s plenty of protein, carbohydrates and vitamins in this simple meal. However, there’s quite a bit of fat in this recipe so if you’re watching your fat intake, you might want to adapt it a bit.
8. Roast veg and couscous
Couscous is always a solid choice when you’re trying to be healthy. Add vegetables and you’ve got a very healthy vegetarian lunch. You can always include some of your favourite meat for extra protein.
9. Potato and cheese frittata
This recipe for potato, spring onion, dill and cheese frittata may sound fancy but it’s very easy to make. About to Google what ‘dill’ is? It’s a type of herb so it’s not a necessity in the recipe if you don’t have any. Again, this is under 300 calories and makes a great healthy lunch.
10. Lemon and coriander houmous
Houmous is a healthy eating staple food. It makes for a great, easy lunch with a few chopped vegetables. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to make some from scratch instead of buying it in, check out this recipe for lemon and coriander houmous.
So there you have it, healthy lunches can be delicious with very little effort. Try out some of these recipes and resist the temptation to buy that sandwich!
Which meal are you going to try first? Leave a comment!
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