Being a healthy eater can make lunch times hard, especially if you don’t work at home. Prepackaged sandwiches are full of fat and sugar and to be honest they taste pretty awful and they cost a small fortune, it’s easy to spend over a fiver a day on a sandwich, snack and a coffee. So I’ve come up with a few ideas to help you stay healthy at work and at home and hopefully save you a few pounds. Avocado I’d go as far to say I’m addicted to avocados at the moment, they’re quick and easy to prepare, they’re tasty and they’re so good for you which makes them perfect for lunch. I half the avocado, use the first half for lunch that day and save the second half for the day after, to keep the avocado fresh I suggest you keep the stone in, squeeze lemon juice over it and tightly wrap it in clingfilm.
Avocado with fresh veggies, left over chicken and ryvitas – 303 calories
This is such an easy lunch to make up using left overs from dinner, plate up cold left over meat with some veggies and sliced avocado on ryvitas, think of it like a healthy ploughmans!
Avocado and light cream cheese on toast with sliced tomato – 269 calories
This is pretty self explanatory but the flavours just go so well together and this is such a cheap lunchthat costs under a pound to make and fills you up.
Avocado, chicken and egg salad – 315 calories (above dish was to serve two)
This is a super food salad, mix the hard boiled eggs with left over chicken, avocado, spinach, tomato and pepper, drizzle over a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Couscous is great for a quick lunch, it can be made up in just 5 minutes, it goes with everything and it’s cheap as chips. I weigh myself 50g per portion, pour boiling water over it so it just covers it, cover and leave to soak up the water for 5 minutes. Once it’s done, fluff it up with a fork and mix it with leftover meats, veggies, beans or serve with curries and stews.
Chicken, tomato and chilli couscous with spinach – 326 calories
Combine the couscous with a chopped tomato, 2 chopped spring onions, around 70g cooked chicken breast (I poach mine), half a tsp olive oil and a dollop of hot sauce (encona hot pepper sauce is my fave) then season and serve with a handful of spinach leaves.
Green couscous salad – 361 calories
Mix the couscous with half a chopped avocado, 1/3 of a cucumber chopped, two spring onions sliced, a handful of spinach, some fresh coriander and a drizzle of olive oil, season to taste.
I’ve only recently discovered the wonderful world of beans and chickpeas, now I wonder how I survived with out them! They’re cheap, tasty, healthy and you can use them in so many things! My favourite way to use them (apart from curries, which I’ll be talking about in a later post) is in salads. Just grab whats veggies are in the fridge mix in the beans or chickpeas, add a drizzle of olive oil and some herbs and you have a tasty, healthy lunch!