Making a healthy choice at lunchtime will support energy levels throughout the afternoon and help you avoid the biscuit tin. If you struggle at lunch, this may be a key area for you to focus on. The one thing that will make this possible – a little planning and preparation.

Think ahead…
Cook extra at dinner to use as your lunch for the next day. Curries, stews, casseroles all taste even better the next day.  Invest in a food thermos which will keep your food warm if you are on the go and don’t have a re-heat option available to you. Add a simple salad and hey presto…a nutritious and healthy lunch.

Use your oven…
When you have the oven on to cook dinner in the evening, chop some vegetables, toss with a little olive oil and roast for 20 – 30 minutes.  Use whatever you like, peppers, onions, parsnips, courgettes, cauliflower, and broccoli.  These can be stored in your fridge for 3 or 4 days and form the basis of several lunches.  Add some cooked brown basmati, quinoa (good wheat free alternative), wholemeal pasta, chickpeas or beans and you have a lovely nutritious lunch.

And your cupboard and fridge …
Stock up on quality and nutritious foods:

  • Chickpeas, mixed beans, lentils to add fibre and filling protein to a salad or soup.
  • Fresh vegetables – the more colour the better
  • Fresh Fruit – add variety, mix it up
  • Wholemeal pasta, rice, noodles….
  • Herbs and spices galore – build you spice cupboard (Basil, Cayenne Pepper, Coriander, Cinnamon , Cumin, Oregano, Paprika, Rosemary, Sage, Turmeric, Garam Masala etc.)
  • Fresh ginger and garlic
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Lemons and Limes

Lunch Ideas

Soup Recipes

Salad Recipes