Whether you’re making lunch for your little one or you need something for yourself that won’t completely derail your diet, these healthy lunches are perfect for packing. Happy eating.
1. Lunch: Peanut Butter & Honey
PB&H: Peanut Butter & Honey Sandwich
Peanut butter and jelly is a go-to sandwich for most people, and why wouldn’t it be? It’s easy to make, and it tastes great! Make sure to use jelly or preserves made from real fruit and that have a lower sugar content to pack more of a health punch. Or for something different, go for peanut butter and honey. Honey is full of antioxidants, and even has antibacterial properties. When choosing peanut butter, go for trans-fat free varieties such a Skippy Naturals or The Peanut Butter Company. Also skip the white bread and pick up some whole grain instead.
2. Lunch: Bean Burrito
Could this lunch be any easier? This low calorie meal is packed with fiber, which will help keep you fuller longer, and is a favorite of kids and adults. Also, if you can handle it, don’t forget the hot sauce – adding a little “heat” to your meals may help speed up your metabolism!
3. Lunch: Pizza
Calories: 272 per slice
Pizza tends to get a bad reputation in the health department, but as long as you are eating this tasty treat in moderation, you have nothing to worry about! The tomato sauce on pizza is loaded with vitamin C, and the cheese is high in calcium. Depending on the thickness of the crust, the calorie content may vary (the thicker the crust, the more calories it has). If you can find whole wheat crust, go for it, and don’t forget to add some fruit or veggies for a balanced meal.
4. Lunch: Cheese, Meat & Crackers
Cheese, Crackers, Deli Meat and Fruit
When it comes to a quick and healthy lunch, sometimes the simpler the meal the better. If it’s one of the days where you need to make your lunch in a hurry, grab some low-fat turkey meat, sliced cheese, crackers (preferably whole wheat), and fruit (think sliced apples or grapes), and you’re done. (Think of it as healthy, homemade Lunchables.)
5. Lunch: Mac & Cheese
Mac and Cheese
Nothing screams comfort food like good old fashion mac and cheese! Mac and cheese always makes the day a little better. While this famous pasta dish hasn’t always been known for being healthy, many brands are offering whole-wheat and lower-calorie varieties that won’t hurt your waistline. (Thank you grocery gods.) If you don’t want to make the mac and cheese the night before, go for a healthy microwavable option such as Annie’s Organics Homegrown.
6. Lunch: Pita
Egg White Salad in a Pita
Calories: Around 220
Traditional egg salad may not be the healthiest option, but with some simple adjustments you can make this dish healthier in no time. Peel and smash six large hard-boiled egg whites into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup finely chopped celery, 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper, 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion, 3 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon creamy Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Finish with a pinch of salt and pepper and mix the all the ingredients together. Stuff your egg white salad in a whole-wheat pita and you’re set.
7. Lunch: Turkey Wrap
Spanish Turkey Veggie Wrap
If you’re looking to add a little flare to your traditional veggie sandwich or veggie wrap, try adding some of your favorite Latin ingredients. Grab a roasted red bell pepper tortilla and smash up some avocado in it. Then, add pepper jack cheese, and throw in some lettuce and fajita vegetables, and wrap away!