For me meal prepping is a thing of the past. No longer do I spend endless hours cooking chicken, boiling rice and> steaming vegetables. But I still stay on track during the week, and> making sure I have a healthy lunch. How you may wonder? Well if you saw my recent YouTube video of What I eat in a Week then you’ll know it’s all down to leftovers. And if you didn’t see it check it out here: What I eat in a Week
My husband> and> I always cook a healthy homemade meal every evening, and> we make enough for the next day. Pack it up into tupperware and> we are good to go. But what if you can’t always meal prep or bulk cook? Or you want an alternative to the packed lunch sand>wich. Check out some of my alternative lunch ideas below:
Salads – Now I am not talking about the usual limp lettuce and> cucumber here. There are so many options when it comes to salads. A great option to make them easily portable is a mason jar! First up add your dressing, be careful when choosing a dressing as they can be quite calorific. Make your own at home, or focus on lighter alternatives. Now enter your crisp ingredients such as tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, peppers, into the jar. Next up the ingredients you don’t want to get too soaked in dressing are up next. Mushrooms, courgette, beans or lentils. Then Protein – Meat, Eggs or cheese for example. Next layer, grains. Rice, pasta, cous cous or quinoa depending on your preference. And finally top with leaves and> maybe some nuts or seeds for added crunch. You can really get creative with these salads and> they are so easy to transport.
Wraps – Instead of the usual sand>wich why not try a wrap? They are very easy to transport, and> again you can be really creative with the fillings. The perfect healthy lunch option. Chicken and> avocado with salad is a favourite of mine. Or for a veggie version what about carrots and> houmous. You can pretty much put anything in a wrap.
Soups – I love homemade soup and> if you have the option of a microwave at work great, if not you can easily take soup on the go in a thermos flask. Vegetable soup is SOUP-ER easy! Pick a selection of your favourite vegetables (approx. 200g), fry the chopped raw vegetables with potatoes (approx. 200g) in a little oil until softened, cover with around 700ml of stock and> cook for 10-15 minutes until the veg is tender. Blitz and> serve. Simple. Serve it with a small sand>wich filled with protein and> you’ve got a great portable healthy lunch.
I hope this gives you some ideas for portable lunches, what is your favourite healthy lunch for on the go?