Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Healthy Lunch Ideas

grilled chicken breast with dino kale, sugar snap peas, quinoa mixed with sauteed mushrooms with S&P and balsamic

In our household, we've been consciously trying to improve our diet by trying to stick to lean proteins, lots of leafy greens and whole grains. We've totally converted to brown rice, spelt pasta (infinitely better than whole wheat pasta) and whole grains like quinoa and barley. One big personal hurdle was to eat healthy lunches while at work. It is too challenging to stick to healthy options when left to eat out or do take out. It is also very very expensive to eat take away healthy organic foods. I was spending up to $20 a day sometimes eating from places like Real Food Daily! Well, I got wise and put in a little effort on Sunday nights to prepare lunch items. I've been doing this for a month now and I've not only saved money but lost weight and feel great! I basically steam vegetables, make a whole grain and a protein. I try to stretch out the pre-made items by switching out the protein or adding an avocado or nuts. Sometimes at the end when I'm low on items, I'll supplement with hummus and flax bread. The following are list of things that combine well as a salad or as a group of sides like the pic above with yummy grilled chicken breast. I personally don't care for traditional salad too often but can eat lightly steamed greens everyday! Remember, try to vary your diet as much as possible and always eat whole foods. I know us cookngs love our pork and yummy comfort foods. With moderation and balancing with wholesome options, we can eat really anything we want!

Ideas for lunch items

Proteins: chicken breast, boiled eggs, lentils, tofu, tuna, pork tenderloin
greens: kale, collard greens, chard, arame seaweed, broccoli
veggies: carrots, sugar snap peas, sprouts, squash
grains: brown rice, quinoa, kashka, barley, cous cous
dressing: tahini or Annie's Asian Sesame dressing
toppings: nuts, sunflower seeds, japanese seaweed/sesame condiment

Please share your ideas for easy healthy lunches in the comments!


NAMOWENO said...

I am so absolutely in love with this post Em! I'm so happy for your change and the weight off is a huge plus! You're my Guru this week! I'm going to give this a try and let you know how it goes for us!


Belinda @zomppa said...

Great ideas! I'm a huge fan of grains and quinoa - naturally tasty and nutty...looks like one yum yummy meal!

Monet said...

What a great list...there are so many awesome combination here! I love bringing hard boiled eggs and chicken to work....with lots of good grains like quiona too! Thanks for sharing, my dear! May your week burst forth with love, good food and peace!

MaryMoh said...

That's a lovely, simple, healthy lunch. I don't eat a lot during lunch. Usually I have some good soup and a little rice with vegetables. It's light and leave me with lots of energy for the rest of the day. Great to eat healthy. Home cooked meals is still the best :D