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.
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