Whether you’re having lunch at your desk or at a nearby park, a little planning ahead will make it a more enjoyable – and more nutritious. Plus, the added benefit of saving money from avoiding those pricey lunches at nearby restaurants.
Another reason to plan your lunches? Avoiding that brain fog that happens after lunch. Because you focus on filling, but healthy lunches, these will help you maintain your energy levels through the afternoon. Here are some healthy meal prep lunch ideas to try:
1. The best food combos
One great idea for pre-planned lunches is to combine a protein, vegetable, and carb so you’ll be getting a balanced meal. Some great proteins to choose from include eggs, chicken, tofu, steak or fish.
Great lunch veggies include broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas, lettuce, zucchini and so much more. And for a carb, you’ll find good choices in brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat flat bread.
There are so many ways to prepare them, you’ll never run out of ideas or new tastes.
Mason Jar Salads
The hot trend nowadays is Mason jar salads for healthy and filling lunches. Online recipes are everywhere, but one good recipe includes lettuce, chicken, avocado dressing, corn, black beans, and tomato.
This “Mason jar taco salad” stays fresh and is a delight to look forward to at lunchtime. Containers are an important part of your lunch meal pre-planning. Mason jars, as well as sturdy plastic containers, are both good choices for convenience.
Healthy Wrap Sandwiches
Whole wheat flat bread is a great choice for all types of healthy wraps. Flour tortillas are not a good choice because they are high in carbs and fat.
Be creative with versatile ingredients such as chicken, quinoa, and healthy veggies. They’re also easy to eat and less messy than many choices.
Healthier Sandwich Ideas
Don’t forget the old standby, sandwiches. You can prepare them ahead of time and choose ingredients that are low in calories and rich in nutrients. Be sure to select whole grain bread. Tomato, hummus, and spinach or low-calorie chicken salad on whole grain bread are great lunchtime choices.
You never have to let your lunches become boring. There are so many great choices from which to choose – and they’re easy and less time-consuming to prepare. Let your imagination soar and you’ll never dread having to eat a boring lunch again.