Are you stuck in a lunch rut when working? Find yourself heading to the nearest drive-thru? We all want fun options, but also need easy lunch ideas, so we stick with healthier options.
Four healthy and easy lunch ideas for work
You can win the challenge of eating healthy at lunch with these four ideas:
Mason Jar Salads
Mason jar salads are gaining in popularity because of their relative ease to assemble. Gather up a group of mason jars and begin to layer the meal by adding in the low-fat dressing on the bottom of the jar followed by the veggies of your choice. Putting the dressing in first will keep all of the ingredients fresh and crisp. You can store these salads for up to three days in the refrigerator, making them an easy grab and go lunch on your way out of the door to work.
The classic lunchtime sandwich never goes out of style. You can make an ordinary sandwich healthier by substituting mustard for mayonnaise or using nutritious spreads such as mashed avocado. Adding extra vegetables to your sandwich will pack a bigger nutritional punch while filling you up longer with additional fiber. Choose lean meats over their fatty counterparts and wrap this deliciousness up in kaiser rolls for another layer of fun.
Yogurt and Fruit Parfait
A yogurt and fruit parfait is an ideal lunch in the warmer summer months when you do not feel like a heavy meal. Simply layer non-fat yogurt with your fruit of choice. You can top this yogurt parfait with low-fat granola and nuts for added crunch and flavor. Using frozen fruit will help to keep the parfait fresh and delicious. Like the salads, you can also store these parfaits in mason jars to keep them sealed and fresh for a longer period of time.
You can save time and money while also saving your waistline by making a big pot of homemade soup on a lazy Sunday and eating it all week for lunch. Ideas to consider include turkey chili, barley and vegetable soup, minestrone, and tomato basil soup. Most soups also freeze well, making it easy to store the meal in individual containers to take to work. By preparing a big pot of soup in advance, you have no excuse for not taking a healthy and homemade cup of soup to work for lunch. Pair this with a piece of fruit or a whole-grain roll and you have a filling and nutritious meal.
Author bio: Emma is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2