In the middle of a busy morning, it’s hard enough to feed myself breakfast, so even thinking about lunch is sometimes challenging. However, I’ve eventually learned to master the art of making quick and easy lunches as a great alternative to fast food meals. Below I’ve compiled a few 5-minute healthy lunch ideas that are easy to prepare and enjoyable to consume.
Ham and Swiss Wrap
Start with a whole wheat tortilla or wrap of your choice. Then add mayo (or maybe horseradish), a few leaves of romaine, sliced Swiss, and ham. Voila! Now all you have to do is fold it up and you’re ready to go. For bonus points, add sliced apples. It’s delicious!
Tuna and Avocado Pita
This is a perfect, easy-to-make dish that’s healthy, too. In this pita you’ll find whole grains, fiber, and a serving of veggies that will satisfy your soul.
Link to recipe: http://www.delmontearabia.com/recipes-details.aspx?id=156
This delicious and super-healthy bowl is arranged with salad, hummus, chickpeas, quinoa, and parsley. Plus, this dish includes tomatoes – which, as I’ve written about before – that contain powerful antioxidants that prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Not just for breakfast. These egg tacos are excellent source of protein for lunch that will also prevent your hunger cravings for the rest of the day. Serve with 2 corn tortillas, salsa, and mozzarella cheese. You can always add fresh cilantro, cooked meat, or some grilled vegetables, too, but don’t be too inclined to use all the ingredients in the recipe link below. This dish stripped down to its basic ingredients is good enough as it is.
Cottage Cheese with Fruit & Nuts
When I was a child, I used to love snacking on cottage cheese. Now that I know about this meal option it could be my favorite quick new lunch! There’s no complicated recipe to follow here. Simply scoop 1 cup of full-fat cottage cheese into a bowl and top with 1 handful of sliced fruits and nuts.
And when it comes to cottage cheese I highly recommend using full-fat rather than non-fat. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, researchers found that people who had the highest level of fatty acid in their blood from eating cottage cheese had three times less risk of developing diabetes, better lipid profiles, and less body fat. Sign me up!
Lentils are a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C. As a soup, you can also enjoy them with veggies, crackers, or multi-grain bread. This is easy to prepare and serves as an excellent source of protein, fiber, and iron.
Link to Recipe: https://www.recipetineats.com/lentil-soup/
Greek Yogurt Berry Bowl
Greek yogurt. Berries. Nuts. Need I say more? This simple dish is 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt with 1 cup of mixed berries and ¼ of nuts. If you want to add some no-guilt sweetness try adding 1 tablespoon of honey.
Manchego & Pear Sandwich
Interested in trying a fresh sandwich that also has a little bit of sweetness and crunch? This original sandwich contains only a few ingredients and is super delicious. Begin by drizzling a roll or toasted slice of bread with olive oil, then add sliced pears, sliced Manchego cheese, sandwich meat, and a layer of greens. Yum!