Eating healthy at work can be difficult. It seems so much easier to just run out to the nearest fast food place and order a burger. But packing your own lunch will not just save you money. It will be far, far better for your body. If you take the extra effort to make healthy lunches for yourself, your body will be sure to thank you later! Here are five easy dishes that will help you take healthy eating to work. And you won’t even need to use the microwave!
1. Salad Lunches
Salad doesn’t have to be delegated to a side dish. It makes a fantastic meal. And it is so easy to put together. Throw some lettuce in a container, and add cucumbers, avocado, tomatoes, and maybe some carrots and onions. For protein, put hard boiled egg, Swiss cheese, or healthy bacon on top. Finally, drizzle on your favorite healthy ranch dressing. Or, go for a more sophisticated salad. With fresh spring mix as your base, sprinkle on nuts, mandarin oranges, and grilled chicken. A balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect finishing touch. Have fun experimenting adding things like spinach, quinoa, and sprouts.
2. The Taco Bowl
You never thought you could eat tacos at work, did you? While eating full-fledged tacos in a shell might be a little messy for the office, you get the same delicious taste by creating a taco bowl. Start with adding high quality ground turkey to your lunchbox. They layer on the tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, onions, avocado, and whatever else you like in tacos. You might even want to consider adding pineapple chunks or lime juice for some extra flavor. And don’t forget the hot sauce! You can eat this delicious dish with a fork for a mess-free taco experience. Or, if you still want a little crunch in your lunches, go for whole grain tortilla chips. Either way, this is a wonderful, healthy lunch option.
3. The Chicken Caesar Wrap
Other great lunches that can be slapped together in seconds. Pair strips of high-quality grilled chicken with tomatoes, lettuce, and grated cheese inside a tortilla. Add some Caesar dressing, insert a toothpick to hold the wrap shut, and voila! A perfect, nourishing lunch to take to work! Just remember, you might want to go light on the sauce so that you don’t end up having to wipe it off your chin while sitting next to your coworkers. If you want a variation on this sandwich, try making a BLT wrap. If you have extremely adventurous tastebuds, you could even experiment with some interesting add-ons, like olives or dijon mustard.
4. Cold Pasta Salad
This is a dish that is really easy to whip together but looks absolutely gourmet. You’ll seem like a lunchtime expert to your coworkers with actually very little effort! Cook up some pasta (bow tie or penne works best). While it cools, chop up cherry tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers. Sprinkle a little feta cheese and make sure to go heavy on the black pepper! Throw in a few Kalamata olives (or regular olives, if you prefer) and chick peas for good measure. If you really want to go all out, add a lemony vinaigrette to the mix. This is something that you can make in bigger batches and pop in the fridge, because it keeps really well. But honestly, it is so delicious that you might want to eat it up right away anyway.
5. Portobello Mushroom Burger
Maybe, even after all the amazingly delicious lunches listed above, you are still just craving a big, fat burger. You know it isn’t healthy, but it tastes so good! Believe it or not, there is a solution for this! Instead of using a meat patty, try a burger-sized Portobello mushroom instead! You will have to grill it at home, so make sure you leave time in the morning to do that. But once you have added tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and organic ketchup and mustard, it will be plenty to satisfy your burger cravings while still putting nutrients into your body! It’s a win-win situation!
And there you are! We hope you are excited to get in the kitchen and try out these fun lunch options! Remember that food isn’t the only way to keep your body healthy and happy. Make sure to head over to our website so that you can learn how to experience healthy, refreshing sleep as well!