Enjoy endless lunch options when you pack a mix-and-match healthy lunch
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Whether you are headed to school or the office, pack a healthy lunch to feel satisfied, not sluggish, throughout the afternoon. Check out these yummy and simple mix-and-match lunchbox ideas to arm yourself with a nutritious midday meal.
A balanced lunch can help you cruise through the afternoon, avoiding mid-afternoon energy dips and hunger pangs leading to the vending machine. Swap out the same old sandwiches with more variety, so you don't get bored and opt for calorie-laden fast food. With a little planning and a flexible, mix-and-match approach, you will have healthy and tasty lunches with minimal effort!
Chances are, you prioritize dinner options when making a weekly grocery list. Include lunch choices as well when planning the week's meals to set yourself up for weight-loss success. This keeps your midday meal from becoming an afterthought.
Stock up with grab-and-go fruits and veggies (baby carrots, sugar snap peas, oranges, grapes, etc.) to boost your lunch's satisfaction and nutrition power.
Incorporate dinner leftovers in your healthy lunch plan. Grilled chicken can appear in a wrap the next day. Leftover whole-grain pasta makes a cold noodle salad base. Roasted veggies serve as a flavorful sandwich filler.
Treat yourself to a fun lunchbox or bag. An appealing yet practical insulated lunch tote may inspire you to pack a healthy lunch.
Keep various reusable containers with matching lids-nothing is more frustrating than searching for a proper lid when you are running late to work. Consider bento boxes or partitioned storage containers for portion control. Visit a thrift store for inexpensive utensils to avoid one-time-use plasticware.
Don't forget to stash ice packs in the freezer to add to your lunchbox, keeping your meal fresh and safe to eat.
A mix-and-match approach gives you unlimited options when you pack a healthy lunch. Simply choose an item from each column: a protein source, healthy carbs from a grain and fruit, a veggie serving, and a condiment/flavor booster. If you follow a lower-carb plan, you may omit the grain and/or fruit serving, or save them for a snack.
|Greek yogurt||Rye crackers||Grapes||Tomato juice||Hummus
Recipe idea: Easy Classic Homemade Hummus
|Edamame or baked tofu
Recipe idea: Roasted Spicy Edamame
|Low-carb tortilla||Mandarin orange||Mini bell peppers||Ranch dressing|
Recipe idea: Cyprus Tuna Salad
|Quinoa||Apple||Baby spinach||Peanut sauce|
|Rotisserie chicken||Brown rice cakes||Raisins||Baby carrots||Vinaigrette dressing|
|Hard-boiled egg||Whole-grain pasta||Dehydrated banana chips||Cole slaw
Recipe idea: Spicy Slaw with Ginger
Recipe idea: Kale Pesto
|Deli turkey or ham||Pita bread||Freeze-dried strawberries||Cherry tomatoes||Salsa|
|Peanut butter or almond butter||Whole wheat bread, thin-sliced||Cherries||Sugar snap peas||Yogurt dip
Recipe idea: Easy Greek Tzatziki Sauce
|Sliced or cubed cheese||Granola||Applesauce||Arugula||Olives|
Turkey-hummus wrap: Low-carb wrap with deli turkey, hummus, and bell pepper slices with a side of grapes.
Asian pasta salad: Whole wheat noodles with rotisserie chicken, peanut sauce, sugar snap peas, and a small orange.
High-protein box: Hard-boiled egg, almonds, cheese cubes, cherry tomatoes, apple slices.
Don't cancel your efforts with an unhealthy beverage! Prepare unsweetened iced tea, sparkling water, milk, plant-based milk for your lunch break. Consider including a small treat to top off your meal or enjoy during an afternoon break, such as our Low-Carb Chia Seed Pudding, Cocoa-Dusted Almonds with a Hint of Maple Syrup, or Peanut Butter and Honey Energy Drops.
When you have these mix-and-match lunchbox ideas, you will be prepared for the day, save money, and stay focused on your healthier lifestyle.
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