Having a few things prepared a head of time can be a huge time saver as well as motivator in keeping your lunches healthy, balanced and still yummy.
Here are my top 5 choices:
Boiled eggs: great source of protein and fat to be added with lunch or as a mid afternoon snack
Favorite combo: 1 boiled egg and 1/2 avocado mashed together with 1 tbsp greek yogurt, squeeze of lemon and pinch of sea salt – serve with rice crackers
Tuna or salmon salad: Great source of protein to add to your lunch. Mix 1 can of tuna or salmon, 1/2 cup of mayo (yep mayo), 1/2 cup of diced veggies -whatever you have in the fridge and salt and pepper. For something a little differed add 1/2 tsp of curry powder.
Favorite combo: Spread on rice crackers
Cooked brown rice: it takes about 45 minutes to make so having it prepared ahead of time is necessary for a fantastic bowl.
Favorite combo: 1/2 cup brown rice, spinach, cucumber, carrots, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, feta and a few hard boiled eggs or tuna salad
Trail mix: super easy and so much healthier than most store bought products that are filled with awful oils and unnecessary sugar and salts. Combine 1/2 cup each of almonds and cashews, 1/2 cup of walnuts, 1/8 cup of dried fruit, 1/8 cup of chocolate chips and mix well
Favorite combo: green tea and 1/4 cup of this delicious mix
Muffin makeover: Who loves muffins? me, me! Who has time to make muffins? Not me, not me! Solution: Purchase Quaker instant oatmeal muffin mix and follow the directions -in addition include 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1 tbsp of ground flax seed, 1/2 cup grated carrots and 1/4 cup raisins or 1/2 cup zucchini and 1/2 chocolate chips -really the combos are endless.
Yes I realize these are full of refined sugar, gluten and a whole lot of other stuff that I can’t even pronounce and I am really okay with that.
Favorite combo: 1 tbsp of almond butter spread on an oatmeal carrot muffin