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8 Workday Lunch Ideas to Fit Any Busy Schedule

Salad Picnic_2When your job is #1, your body doesn’t have to be #2. Here are 8 healthy lunch ideas to help satiate you and steady your blood sugar so you stay focused, fresh and fit.

 

  1. Hearty Homemade Salad. Grab your leftover roasted veggies (think: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, fennel, etc.), add to a bed of greens, and top with protein of choice—ideally whatever you have leftover from the night before (grilled chicken, a can of chunk light tuna, 2 hard boiled eggs, or ½ cup of beans). Drizzle with olive oil & lemon or dressing of choice. Done.
  2. Easy Chopped Salad. Chop up ½ an avocado, 1-2 hardboiled eggs, and cherry tomatoes. Squeeze some lemon juice on top to prevent browning of the avocados.
  3. Skinny Bagel. At the deli, request your bagel “scooped out” (removing the soft insides to save you 100 calories), ditch the top half, and add a generous helping of tuna salad. Eat it open-faced and enjoy every crusty/creamy bite. Keep some raw carrots and tomatoes stashed in your office fridge to round out the meal.
  4. Soup & Sandwich on the go. Order a vegetable, bean or broth-based soup (avoid noodle-based, cream-based, bisques, and chowders). Get your half sandwich open-faced and make sure there’s a source of protein (like sliced turkey, fish, hummus, cheese, or meat).
  5. Greek Yogurt Parfait. Top 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt with frozen berries, a small handful of almonds or peanuts, and cinnamon. Seal and go.
  6. Veggie Omelet. Whip up or order a 2 to 3-egg omelet filled with as many veggies as you want (mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, asparagus, onions). Optional: melt in a slice of cheese. If you must have some toast, eat just ½ a piece at the end as a treat.
  7. Egg sandwich. Order any egg sandwich, (ideally with some tomato or spinach if it’s available), and eat it open faced. Pair it with an apple or side of mixed berries.
  8. Slow burning smoothie. Blend ½ avocado, 1 cup spinach, ½ banana, 2 Tbsp peanut butter, ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a handful of ice on high for 1 minute.
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