Surviving lunch is one of the most difficult hurdles when you’re trying to eat and be healthier. It’s so much more convenient to visit the nearest fast food drive-thru and take-out menus, especially when the day is extra busy. And for some, salads can start to lose their appeal after a few consecutive days leaving many to fall to the temptation.
The key is to plan your meals in order to make lunch interesting and healthy at the same time.
Salads With a Twist
If you’ve tried the salad thing before and failed, chances are you stuck to the same kind every day. That can get so boring! Salads don’t have to be blah. Here are a few recipe ideas that give the traditional salad a little twist.
+ Spicy Chicken Asian Salad
It takes less than five minutes to put together, making this the perfect salad for the overly busy individual. Say goodbye to the excuse you don’t have the time and prep lunches. This recipe is perfect for gluten allergies and paleo diets.
+ Mexican Grilled Chicken Salad
This salad is jam-packed with a variety of vegetables and protein. A perfect option for those that crave a little “kick” to their food. Replace the taco mix with homemade taco seasoning for an even healthier option.
+ Blueberry Goat Cheese Chicken Salad
From heat to sweet, this salad includes blueberries and raspberries to fix any sweet tooth. Top it with peanut-Dijon dressing and you’ll want to pack this more than one day per week.
A well-known restaurant chain has turned bowls into a household name. Unfortunately, eating there daily has a significant impact on your wallet and your midline. Minimize your fast-food craving by bringing the recipe to your lunchbox.
+ Black Bean Bowl
Another great vegetarian option packed with protein. This recipe makes the most of fresh produce. You can also keep the summer spirit alive long into winter with a few substitutions – frozen corn and canned salsa.
+ Burrito Bowls
Ten minutes of prep and a ton of vegetables makes this a weekly lunch requirement. Mix with rice or quinoa to make it even healthier. Your protein options are endless: black beans, chicken, pork or lean beef work great.
Most canned soups are filled with astronomical amounts of sodium, which causes a number of health issues including high blood pressure and heart disease. Replace your canned soup with this healthy homemade alternative.
+ Stuffed Pepper Soup
Prep this soup over the weekend by cooking in the slow cooker and freezing it in single-serving containers. Doing this ahead of time makes it simple to just grab and go on busy weekday mornings.
Don’t let lunch time missteps get in the way of your healthy eating goals this year. Eating right doesn’t have to be a challenge, as long you stay prepared for each day ahead.