If lunch isn’t planned ahead of time, it can be the easiest meal of the day to resort to convenience foods, which are generally junk foods. The vending machine in your office building is just one button away from a quick lunch when you’re pressed for time, right?
Luckily, it doesn’t take a ton of time to plan meals ahead of time! It only takes a commitment and a few minutes each day. I’m going to share with you some of my favorite ideas for simple, healthy lunches that I plan my meals around.
Here we go…
A Healthy Twist On Sandwiches
Although it’s not hard to spruce a sandwich up to be fairly healthy, you can make them even healthier by substituting any meat and cheese for vegetables of your choice. You can add things such as spinach, tomato, onion, avocado and more. Ditch the mayo and use hummus or guacamole. If you choose to use bread, be sure to choose a healthy, sprouted option, and a gluten-free option if needed.
A Simple Salad
Ditch those heavy salads drenched in Ranch dressing and create your own salad made up completely of raw vegetables and possibly and simple dressing like apple cider vinegar with fresh herbs.
Some great in season veggies to toss in your salads include:
- Bell Peppers
A Healthy Wrap or Pinwheel
These are quite simple to make and easy to transport as a lunch. Toss all of your healthy ingredients into a sprouted tortilla or even a lettuce leaf as a wrap. Enjoy it as a simple wrap with a side of your favorite fruit, or spice it up and create your wrap into a pinwheel.
Pinwheels are made by rolling your ingredients in the tortilla and cutting it into bite-sized slices. Another option is to use thinly sliced zucchini as an alternative tortilla option for pinwheels. Use fewer ingredients than for wraps to create an easier to eat and less messy pinwheel.
Veggie Sushi Is All The Rage
Have you ever tried to make your own sushi? It’s a lot of fun and actually quite simple. There are loads of tutorial videos online, so give it a quick search one weekend when you have some free time to experiment.
Regardless if it’s homemade or purchased at a grocery store, veggie sushi is a great, light lunch that is quick and easy.
If available, try sushi with brown rice or even quinoa instead of white rice. Enjoy!
Not only are these simple recipes ideal for lunches, but they’re also perfect for picnics. Before summer comes to a close, make sure you enjoy a picnic in your favorite outdoor area. Bring along some freshly sliced watermelon and any other fruits you love to enjoy as a refreshing dessert afterward.
Back To School
Back to school is my favorite time of year. The possibilities of what’s’ to come as the summer comes to an end is fun and exciting. As autumn transitions into winter, delicious foods such as soups and stews bring us back to the kitchen for goodness for our souls!
If you have kids here’s some help for the back to school.
Sometimes it’s a struggle to get back into the groove of making lunches every day, and often you can hardly think of anything other than a sandwich to make.
I know exactly what it’s like to have your mind go blank when trying to be creative with lunches, so here are a few options in each category (main dish, veggies, fruit, etc.) to choose from, so you can create many lunches to come!
- Zucchini & Carrot Muffins
- Pasta with Olive Oil & Pesto
- Mayo-free Egg Salad
- Zucchini boats
- Carrot & Celery Sticks
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Bell Pepper
- Green Beans
- Apple (maybe handpicked from an apple orchard)
- Peach (Get the end of summer produce now)
- Hummus for Veggies
- Trail Mix
- Protein Balls
- Lara bar
I would love to hear your awesome back to school healthy lunch ideas. Leave a comment below and let's share recipes.