Are you sick of forking over your hard-earned cash for over-priced sandwiches on your lunch break? Keep your wallet (and your waistline) in check with these healthy, delicious lunches that you can prepare before work.
Boil a couple of eggs the night before and pop them in the fridge. In the morning, mix together a spoon full of cream cheese, some seeded mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of chopped dill. Spread the mixture on one slice of wholemeal bread and top with sliced boiled egg. Add salt and pepper to your liking, and enjoy: it's a guaranteed taste sensation.
This dish takes 10 minutes to prepare, and you can make a big enough batch to last several days. Simply boil up some macaroni-shaped pasta – wholemeal is ideal – and add 1-2 tins of tinned tuna (depending on how much you're making). Stir together with light mayo, salt and pepper to taste and a little seeded mustard, and spoon a bowl-full into a take-away container before you go to work.
Buy a large pre-cooked chicken and use it each morning as the base of your lunch meal. On Monday, add lettuce, tomato and mustard – ditch the calorie-heavy mayo – and roll it all together in a wholemeal wrap. On Tuesday, heat some couscous in the microwave and combine it with chicken and a splash of soy sauce. On Wednesday, nuke some frozen veges in the microwave and add chicken and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese!
Grab a plastic container and toss together lettuce, low-fat shredded cheese and half a chopped tomato. In a separate small container, mix together 1/2 can of rinsed kidney beans and 1/2 cup of salsa. Pack a tub of light sour cream and a small bag of tortilla chips and you're done. At lunchtime, simply add the bean/salsa mix to the salad and drop on a dollop of sour cream. Crush a handful of tortilla chips over the top and mix well.
Next time you're at the supermarket, add a bag of low-fat toasted muesli to your shopping list. On a Sunday night, cut your favourite in-season fruits into bite-sized portions and store in a sealed storage container in the fridge. Each morning before work, spoon some fruit into a small container, and pour half a cup of muesli into a second container. Grab a tub of low-fat vanilla yogurt from the fridge and you're good to go!
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