Lunch is always a hit or miss meal for me, I tend to graze throughout my day in stead. However some days it’s nice to have a solid meal in the day. And as I try to be as healthy as I can (emphasis on try) I’ve been collecting my favourite healthy lunch ideas to share with you. And not only are these healthy. They are cheap, easy, accessible to pretty much everyone and will taste great and leave you full up ready for what the rest of the day brings – whether you’re at work, school, college or just at home.
JACKETED SWEET POTATO
It wouldn’t be a healthy meal post without some mention of sweet potatoes now would it. But honestly I’m surprised a bog standard jacketed sweet potato isn’t hyped about more because you really don’t need anything with it. As it has such a great taste on its own. And of course is so filling. It cooks in 10 minutes and is less starchy than a regular jacket potato. Just pierce it on both sides, wrap it in kitchen towel then stick in the microwave for 10 minutes and ta-da! A perfect at home or at work lunch.
HEALTHY MINI PIZZA
Trying to be healthy when you’re an avid pizza lover like myself is hard. So I was over the moon to discover this healthy mini pizza. Just take either a pitta bread or maybe a wrap or sandwhich thin, put some tomato sauce on top and then add whatever veggies or toppings you like, I tend to go with mozzarella then some peppers or whatever I find in the fridge basically. Then pop under the grill for about 10 minutes and enjoy.
A CLASSIC PACKED LUNCH
Not everyone wants to cook in the middle of the day. I definitely don’t. Especially when I’m at work, so I take a classic packed lunch with me. But with packed lunches it’s very easy to reach for the typical sandwiches with white bread, a chocolate bar, crisps. But this can easily be made super healthy and filling with a few changes.
A typical packed lunch I take to work would include a wrap of sorts, or maybe a pitta/flat bread (I try and go for wholemeal) and is usually filled with something like falaffel or quorn chicken and some spinach; a nakd bar or more recently nakd posh bits, which they’ve recently released, they’re so good to have sat at your desk throughout the day for you to nibble on! I’ll also have some fruit of sorts and then either popcorn or something like popchips which are so good and guilt free!
A SALAD FOR THE ANTI-SALAD
I can’t say I’m a big fan of salads. I eat some but a lot of salad leaves I don’t get on really. But I still like to create salad sort of bits for me lunch which are light and quick, and easy to take on the go. I don’t have an exact recipe for you, because they’re forever changing however try getting a sweet chilli stir fry sauce. Some chicken (or if you’re a veggie go for Quorn chicken, or a fellow pescatarian like myself, prawns or salmon also work!) then take some spinach and cook them together. That’s simply the base that I tend to use (but that on it’s own tastes great) I then tend to add something like quinoa or avocado to add a little more to it.
That’s simply my way. But there’s so many foods to choose from like couscous or halloumi – just experiment with what suits you. But i highly recommend testing out stir fry sauces. They come in sachets for about 50p and it adds so much flavour. It’s like you’re not eating a salad! If you’re a bit more inclined to salads, try some baby spinach with smocked salmon, a hard boiled egg, maybe a few tomatoes and then some new potatoes tossed in pesto. It’s a little bit more than you’re basic salad and tastes oh so good.
I wouldn’t be a blogger if I didn’t add avocado toast to the list. One of my favourite breakfasts, lunches, snacks. It’s so versatile and easy to make and eat, you can’t go wrong. Depending on how substantial you want your lunch you could have a poached egg or scrambled eggs (or egg whites to make it extra healthy) with some pepper to taste, or some salmon or chicken (or Quorn chicken). There are plenty of topping ideas on Pinterest for you to experiment with! Avocado toast is perfect for when you’re sat at your desk and you need a quick and filling lunch, and only takes a few minutes to make!
I haven’t done a fitness post in a while, so I hope you enjoyed. And if you’re now as hungry as I am, I’m sorry. I also struggle to describe meals in words so apologies for the eruption of words and poor grammar (as my mum keeps telling me). And sorry for the lack of pictures, I have nobody to blame but myself…
Until next time,