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5 Healthy Work Lunch Options

July 25, 2012

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SoupSometimes the only thing holding us back from a healthy, balanced lifestyle is access to healthy food. For people who work in an office, the temptation of “eating out” can be too much to resist, resulting in poor lunch choices and loads of excess calories. Why not try packing a healthy lunch for work instead? Not only will it result in feeling healthier, but it will also cut down dramatically on your food budget.

Salads

When you make your own salad, the sky is the limit on variations! To avoid taste boredom, try different combinations of greens, fruits and vegetables. Then dress it up with a homemade vinaigrette for an extra kick. Using homemade vinaigrette guarantees that you know what’s going on your salad (that means you can skip the chemicals and excess oil). For extra protein and fiber, add beans, nuts or hemp seeds to your salad. Choosing Raw has a nice variety of vegan salad recipes you can try.

Smoothies

Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or a lunch option, smoothies can be made in the morning and stored in a thermos, or kept in the fridge at work. Add healthy options like hemp seeds, flax seeds, spinach, and nut butters to increase the nutritional value, or even add cocoa for a chocolate kick full of antioxidants!

Stews and Soups

Not just for dinner! Soups and stews are a great way to get a hearty, filling lunch and you can make a large pot to last for a few days. Here is an excellent recipe for Squash and Chickpea Stew, but feel free to try the variety of healthy recipes available online.

Hummus & Veggies

Buy (or better yet, make) some healthy hummus and combine it with fresh veggies and rice crackers for a yummy, crunchy lunch. If you want to keep your co-workers happy, though, you’d better look for a garlic-reduced version. And you don’t have to stick to plain hummus, there are so many varieties you can make. Here is a long list of hummus recipes to get you started, feel free to experiment!

Quinoa Salad

We’ve told you in the past about our love for quinoa and quinoa salads are perfect to take to work for lunch. The best part is that you can make up a big batch and have a healthy lunch all week. You can also add just about anything to this recipe – fresh veggies, cooked veggies, herbs, beans, etc. to develop your very own signature dish. Try this great recipe for Quinoa Tabbouleh.

Remember that leftover dinner is always a good lunch option, so if you find that you don’t have time to make a separate lunch in the evenings or mornings, just make more dinner! The more you bring home-cooked, healthy food for lunch at the office, the more health benefits you will see.

Healthy LunchChallenge yourself to bring a healthy lunch to work every day.

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