Healthy Lunches On the Go

As a working mom, the last thing I want to do before I go to work is worry about packing my lunch, much less making sure it is a healthy one.  But if I have learned anything during my years of school, training and working, it is that a healthy, filling lunch is not only a key to success at work, but it is a key to weight control and weight loss.  And better yet, I can show you how to make it happen.

Successfully getting through the last half of the day can have a lot to do with making good choices at lunch.  You can sail through the afternoon by making sure to get enough protein and good carbs while avoiding simple sugars, saturated fats, and overeating at lunch.  This is because the protein will sustain you and provide good energy so you don’t feel hungry until dinner while the  complex carbohydrates will help stabilize your blood sugar which also curbs cravings, maintains energy level, and helps with your mood.  Too much sugar, fat, or just too much food can make you sleepy, cause big fluctuations in your blood sugar, and make it so you and your co-workers wish you were at home in bed.  Here are some sample healthy delicious lunches that are quick to prepare ahead and sure to give you the energy and satisfaction you need.

Blackberry Spinach Salad

This salad is simple and satisfying. I pack the dressing in a glass baby food container. Use a sealable bag if you don’t have babies at home. Assemble everything else the night before in a plastic container. Dress the salad when you are ready to eat. I also like to pack grilled chicken left over from dinner if I have it.


Fancy Tuna Open Face Sandwich

Make the tuna mixture on Sunday night, and be set for the whole week.  Just pack 1 day’s portion with a toasted piece of bread and fresh berries. This tastes amazing on cinnamon swirl bread, but you didn’t hear that from me.


Black Bean Rice Bowl

Not quite Chipotle, but close! This can be prepared ahead of time, packed and heated up in the break room. Pack a little cilantro in a damp paper towel, and a fourth of an avocado wrapped tightly so it is exposed to as little air as possible. Chop both and add to your heated bowl. You will be the envy of the office.


Coconut Sweet Potato

It doesn’t get easier than this. Pack a spoonful of coconut oil, pomegranate seeds, cilantro, and salt in a resealable bag. Cook the potato, and top with the toppings. You won’t believe how tasty something so simple can be. Another option is a little brown sugar and cinnamon — it’s like dessert packed with tons of vitamins from the sweet potato.


Teriyaki Veggie Bowl

Follow the instructions, or make it easier to prepare — pack ½ cup rice and 1 cup frozen stir fry veggies, topped with soy sauce or stir fry sauce. Just reheat when ready to eat. I like to add leftover sliced chicken breast, beef or tofu to increase the protein. Add some chop sticks, and I guarantee it will taste even better.

These recipe options will help make planning for your workday a little bit easier and tastier. Making an effort to plan or choose a healthy lunch will make a huge difference in the quality of your workday, but more importantly in your overall health and wellness.

What healthy recipes do you love to make for work lunches? Share them in the comments.

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