Yum Yum…Give Me Some - Simple Lunchtime Meal Ideas
by Rochelle Griffin
Lunchtime can be a difficult time of day for some people when wanting to lose weight. You may have had a hectic morning, whether at work or at home, you’re just plain HUNGRY come noontime, and are tempted to grab the easiest, quickest thing…which unfortunately is often the higher-caloric, non-nutrient dense foods…ie the foods that make us fat.
I am going to share with you some simple and effective lunchtime meal ideas that you can use, so you have NO excuses. These examples travel well, taste great, and keep you on track at lunchtime. Let’s unleash your inner chef!
- Enjoy a healthy sandwich. Sandwiches are great and hold up well. When making your sandwich, chose 100% whole-wheat or whole-grain sliced bread, whole-wheat pitas, and whole-grain tortillas. If you’re watching your carbs, forget the sandwich bread and opt for a roll-up made with lettuce. You’ll want to choose lean, reduced-sodium deli meats like turkey breast, chicken breast, roast beef, and ham. Also make sure to select varieties without added sugars (for instance, avoid honey-baked ham) and then stack with all sorts of yummy things like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, avocados and more.
- Prepare a hearty salad. Get creative with your salad. There are tons of ways to make a salad creative. Use you imagination. One example….make a filling Cobb or chef salad using dark, leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, reduced-fat cheese, turkey bacon, and/or lean deli meats. Put the dressing in a separate small container to add just before eating.
- Consider soup. There are many broth-based soups that will not only warm you up but also lean you out. Some examples….Lentil, split pea, and black bean soups are nutrient-dense and fiber-rich. Other great soups include tomato and mushroom or chicken soup made with plenty of veggies. Make a big batch and you’ll have a few days worth of meals.
- Shake it up! My favorite meal of the day is Shakeology. It’s quick, easy, and covers all the vitamins and minerals that I need in a day. It’s my go-to solution every time…hands down. Drink it with just water or mix it up with almond milk, almond butter, fruit, extracts, etc. You will stay satisfied until your next meal.
Now that we have your creative juices flowing, plan your lunches ahead of time. Once you are in the habit of doing so, you’ll wonder how you ever got along before.
She founded GOFITCOACH with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of financial & physical ruin. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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