Most people have no idea what to pack for lunch time. Some people even forgo the whole meal altogether. Bad idea! The reason why lunch is so important is because it is the meal that will get you through the afternoon with renewed energy. It will keep your metabolism humming and keep you from getting so incredibly hungry that you start snacking on the donuts in the lunchroom.
Here’s a scenario that happens to most people, we look in the fridge, see all these ingredients, get overwhelmed on how to piece these individual ingredients together and decide to stop off at the local fast food joint instead. Now there’s a quick and easy idea, isn’t it? Not on your bottom dollar, it’s not.
Not only will it drain your pocket books (at a whopping $15 a day) which could be used on something much cooler (like a pair of fancy Manolo’s) it will ultimately sabotage your calorie budget for the entire day. Making your lunch at home will not only save you on calories, it will save your heart and gut from all the hidden salts and sugars that are inside even “healthy” meals.
The best way to get on the lunch bag bandwagon and to make it a continued success would be to ensure that your lunches are simple. Let’s face it, no one has the time nor the energy to make complicated lunches with a dash of this or a pinch of that so I always ensure my lunches are super simple.
Here are a couple of lunches I have collected or made up throughout the years....
Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich (one of my favourites!)
1 piece lettuce leaf
1/2 tomato, medium
2 slices turkey bacon
2 slices bread, whole wheat
2 teaspoons mayonnaise, low-fat
1 peach, fresh
Wash lettuce and tomato; slice tomato. Set aside.
Cook bacon in skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through to desired crispiness; drain on a paper towel.
Toast bread, if desired. Spread each slice with 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise.
On one slice of prepared toast, arrange cooked bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce.
Top with remaining slice of toast, and cut in half, if desired.
Serve sandwich with a fresh peach (or nectarine)
Chicken Salad with Grapes
3 cups lettuce, romaine, chopped
1/4 onion, red, medium
2/3 cup fresh grapes (any color)
3 ounces chicken
2 tablespoons fat-free salad dressing
1 tablespoon peanuts, dry roasted
Wash and chop lettuce; place on a serving plate.
Wash onion, remove peel, and slice thinly; arrange over lettuce.
Wash and halve grapes; place grapes and cooked chicken pieces on salad.
Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with peanuts.
1 toasted whole wheat pita
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella
1/2 cup grilled chicken breast
1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
minced garlic and oregano to taste
1. Top 1 toasted whole wheat pita with 1/2 c chopped tomatoes, 1/4 c shredded part-skim mozzarella, 1/2 c grilled chicken breast, and 1/4 c chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Sprinkle with minced garlic and oregano and place under oven broiler until bubbly.