Considering Quick Lunch Ideas in Your Diet?
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Wrap it up – use whole-grain tortillas and spread with mustard, hummus, some oil and vinegar-based dressing, or pesto sauce. Include grilled chicken salad or assorted lean meats, cheese, tomato, sliced onion and shredded Romaine lettuce or spinach. Give your wrap a Mexican twist with guacamole, salsa, black beans and brown rice. Try our Chicken Avocado Wrap or type “wrap” in the search bar on our recipe page for other suggestions.
Roll it up – Use iceberg, romaine or boston lettuce leaves and fill with grated or chopped veggies, a lean animal protein or vegetable protein like tofu, beans or legumes. Top with your favorite dressing and roll it up for a quick and fun meal. Try our recipe for Asian Lettuce Wraps with Romaine Lettuce & Chicken Breasts for a delicious lunch idea.
Serve it in a bowl – Cold grain or noodle salads can be packed with protein, fruits and vegetables. Whether you use regular or whole grain pasta, rice or quinoa or an international noodle, you can get very creative with a “meal in a bowl.” Soba noodles, made from buckwheat flour, have fewer calories and more fiber than traditional pasta. Check out our Soba Noodle Stir-Fry recipe here.
Stuff it in a pita – Spread your pita with hummus and stuff it with cucumber, chopped spinach and tomatoes or load it up with your favorite protein salad. Pita bread offers a nice change of pace to a traditional sandwich. You can also cut the pitas in pieces and dip into a great spread, like a black bean dip. Chicken Pitas are simple to make and high in protein!
Put it on a stick – Think kebabs – but with cheese, tomatoes and grapes. Or pieces of leftover chicken with melon and pineapple. For young kids, use flat, blunt type popsicle sticks. Everything is more fun on a stick! Check out our kebab recipes here.
Round it out – In addition to the main event, make sure to include some fun snacks. A balanced lunch will be more satisfying, especially later on in the day. Add yogurts, raw vegetables, fresh, prepackaged or dried fruits, a healthy snack bar, pretzels, nuts.
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