Bringing lunch to work is a surefire way to stay on track with healthy eating. Unfortunately, it can get boring bringing the same old stuff day in and day out. Your lunch needs a makeover, and thankfully, I have some super-tasty suggestions that will make you look forward to busting out your bento boxes and containers bursting full of flavors that rival takeout.
1. Mediterranean Munch
Satisfy your cravings for something Mediterranean by filling up your lunch box with triangles of whole wheat pita, tabbouleh, hummus, and grilled chicken slices. Greek yogurt and fresh grapes will make for a refreshing treat to finish with too.
2. Healthy Taco Salad Takeaway
The day after you have taco night with ground turkey meat(or fajita veggies as a vegetarian option) take the leftovers along with shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, guacamole, and lettuce leaves to wrap it all up in. You can add a whole wheat tortilla for more substance or go gluten-free with a crispy corn shell.
3. Sushi Unwrapped
Sushi is a filling and healthy lunch, but if you’re not good at rolling it or simply have no time, you can just deconstruct it and add it to your lunch box. Think cooked shrimp, cucumbers, crab sticks, and avocados along with brown rice and cut-up squares of nori to quickly wrap it all up and pop it in your mouth. Your co-workers will be jealous!
4. Perfect Picnic
For those days at the office that make you wish you could be out at the park or by the sea, try packing picnic-style foods in your lunch box to cheer you up. At the beginning of the week, make egg salad (use avocado instead of mayonnaise). Pack it up with some lettuce. Bring along a container of almond milk yogurt filled with sliced banana and blueberries for a filling and sweet dessert that you can feel good about eating. Add a handful of toasted granola for a crunch.
5. Crispy Crunchy Cobb
We get tired of salad because it gets soggy and dull. Instead, separate your salad into sections using a bento box. A Cobb salad is a perfect example of salad that truly shines when you have it all separated, ready to toss together when you are hungry!
6. Cucumber Wrap-Ups
Slice a cucumber into long, thin strips and roll it. Tuck spinach in the center and slice it up for a beautiful presentation you’ll love to eat. If you choose to eat meat, you could add a slice of fresh turkey in your roll, as well. Bring along fresh melon and crunchy nuts to satisfy all your senses.
Now that you know healthy lunches needn’t be boring or soggy, pack one of these up and make everyone in the office jealous of your homemade lunch!