Making healthy lunches each day can become a bit of a chore. You can get caught in a rut where you start making the same foods day in, day out.
Finding some different healthy lunch ideas is a great way to mix your food up and add different ranges of nutrients into your body. New food ideas can help your reset your motivation to eat healthy too.
Here are our top picks for healthy lunch ideas.
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If you are anything like me, you have probably grown up being told to eat your sandwich because it is a very healthy part of your lunch. What if I told you that sandwiches are not as healthy as you may think?
Many of our modern breads are made from grains, as were ancient breads. However, the grain that is used now days is likely to have been grown and harvested by spraying them with chemicals and pesticides. These chemicals do stay with the grain and in turn causes reactions in some peoples guts when eating breads.
There are some more ‘gut friendly’ breads such as sour dough, however eliminating the bread altogether is the healthiest option for many people.
If you are still wanting that ‘sandwich’ feeling a great tip is to use large lettuce leaves like you would a wrap. You can layer your sandwich fillings on top of the lettuce leaf, then wrap it up like a burrito.
Don’t forget to add a yummy dressing to really add a punch to your wrap!
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Healthy Salad Ideas
Salads are an absolutely fabulous way to add some very healthy foods into your diet.
There are many delicious foods that you can add to your salad to ensure that you feel full and satisfied. There is nothing worst that feeling hungry straight after finishing your salad! If this is the case, you probably need to add some more items to your salad.
When building a salad, it is a great idea to think about it in sections. You can read more about our salad sections in our Salad Post.
Bacon and Egg Muffins
Who doesn’t love bacon and eggs? This is a fantastic twist on traditional fried bacon and eggs.
This is a hearty breakfast alternative or quick lunch. I like to freeze these and grab them out of the freezer when I am needing a quick, healthy lunch. This is also a big hit with the men in my family, they tend to disappear very fast!
I would encourage you to use free range, organic eggs and bacon. You can Find out More in this post around why we recommend this.
Here are our favorite Egg Muffins for you to try!
Left Over Mix
One of the most time effective lunch time meals is a Left Over Mix. This is super easy and also very cost effective.
This is simply where you cook slightly extra of your dinner at night, and cool it overnight in the fridge. In the morning add your favorite leafy greens and dressing, to make a delicious Left Over Mix.
Fish is so beneficial to your body. It is full of healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids) and minerals that can really benefit your body to help it function to its fullest.
If you could add just one fish meal a week, you will be adding some essential fats to your body. Omega 3 fatty acids are seen to be really lacking in the human body due to a range of modern reasons. If you can add foods that are high in these omega 3 fatty acids, then you are certainly supporting good health with your body.
I know that fish isn’t everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but you can start with some more subtle tasting fishes and build into the stronger flavored ones.
When you are wanting healthy lunches in Winter, you cannot go past a good cup of soup!
Soup nourishes your gut and your soul. It is a fantastic ‘pick me up’ and can warm your body on a cold day. Soups are cooked low and slow which enables all of the goodness to be extracted from the foods. Bone broth is particularly good for your gut health.
A great tip for soup is to make a large batch, then freeze it. It is a good idea to freeze your soup in your desired portion size. I freeze my soups in one person amounts for lunch.
This allows me to grab out a soup on the way to work and sit it on the bench to defrost while I work! Super simple, super healthy.
Adding a Healthy Treat
Sometimes you have days when you just want a ‘little something’ after lunch. Adding a healthy treat to the end of your meal can help you feel satisfied and not left ‘wanting’. A great idea is to keep some pre-made healthy options on hand.
Fat bombs and bliss balls are fantastic for this. They give you the feeling of eating a treat, while only full of foods that benefit the body. When you eat the healthy treat food with your lunch meal it helps to limit the spike in blood sugars too.