March 23, 2012
5 Healthy Lunch Ideas
While training for my half marathon, I became a pro at putting together quick & easy meals, mostly because of being hungry and not have the patience to make anything complicated.
Although I occasionally highlight meals, I’m now realizing I don’t have a spot on the blog that’s easy to access them. As time goes by, I will create a Quick & Easy Meals category under the Recipes Page, but for now a post every now and then will do.
Let’s start with one of my favorite times of the day: Lunch.
Some of you reading this are probably on a lunch break at work as we speak, and I guessing you might not have the luxury of eating at home. For that, I’m sorry and I hope you can at least get one idea here to pre-make and take with you.
Before I go into detail, there’s two things you need to know…
1) I don’t eat much red meat. I prefer chicken or turkey most of the time, and I’m a huge fan of veggie, chicken or turkey substitutes.
2) If you haven’t tried any of these substitutions before, I highly recommend you giving them a shot. I probably have at least 5 or 6 variations of Morning Star Farms products in my freezer at all times.
No, I’m not obsessed… just resourceful!
Black Bean Veggie Wrap
Hungry for veggies?
Here’s a wrap using a whole wheat tortilla, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, black olives and a cut up Morning Star Farms Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burger.
Slice up the rest of your tomato with part of a cucumber for a side, and top them both with Morton’s Nature’s Seasoning. No other dressings required.
This is a salad you can pre-make the night before and take anywhere.
In a large bowl, mix together Romaine lettuce, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, croutons, sliced Colby Jack cheese, and diced deli turkey.
If you’re looking to add more protein to the salad, try heating up a Morning Star Farms California Turk’y Burger and dice it up. I finished this salad off with a tiny bit of olive oil & vinegar, a pinch of cilantro (I was feeling creative) and served it with 2 Melba Toast Whole Grain crackers.
Ham & Swiss Wrap
A popular wrap at the Hesington household is deli ham, a slice of Swiss cheese, fresh spinach & diced up pickles and black olives rolled up in a Carbsmart Whole Wheat Tortilla. Simple, but great combo that eliminates the need to use dressing or sauce.
Buffalo Wings & Fresh Fruit
Once again, Morning Star saves the day.
Here I heated up 5 Buffalo Veggie Wings and sided them with a whole ‘lotta fresh fruit. If you’re feeling extra fancy, throw in some carrots and celery sticks with a dab of ranch dressing.
A few weeks ago I made whole wheat pizza toast using tomato paste, low-fat shredded Colby Jack cheese, black olives, and topped it with pizza seasoning. You could go ultra healthy and add more veggies like green peppers, onions, mushrooms or spinach.
Prep the pizza you like and stick it in the oven at 350 degrees or toaster oven on HIGH until cheese is melted.
*TIP: Adding veggies to pizza or pasta is an easy way to sneak in your daily serving needs!
And there you have 5 quick & easy healthy conscious lunches.
What are some of your favorite 5 minute favorites?