The hunger pangs at work might prompt you to hit the local lunch scene, but that often leaves your wallet skinny and your waistline fat. These five healthy lunch ideas are not only good for you — they’re downright scrumptious!
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.
1. Classic egg with a twist
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.
2. Tuna macaroni salad
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.
3. Chicken surprise
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!
4. Tossed taco salad
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.
5. Yogurt, fruit and crunchy muesli
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!