Spending roughly $10 bucks a day or more on lunch can really thin out your wallet. To follow up with last Wednesday’s post about Healthy Snacks to Eat at Your Standing Desk, we’ve expanded on that idea and put together a list of healthy lunches to bring to the office. Because eating healthy doesn’t have to begin and end between meals.
These options are designed for the grab and go office worker. These are for the employee who barely has time to eat between meetings, phone calls, and running around town.
1. Salmon Salad
Most tuna packets can contain extreme levels of sodium (so much so that you may start to see your limbs start to swell!), so opt for salmon instead. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids that prevent heart disease and improve memory. Imagine eating a delicious salmon salad as a healthy lunch and experiencing a creativity and memory boost when after-lunch lethargy is supposed to hit. Throw a few bell peppers and cucumbers in a mix of power greens and you’re good to go! Stick with vinaigrette as dressing.
2. Quinoa Salad
Quinoa has been named the “Supergrain of the Future,” according to Forbes Magazine and we couldn’t agree more. It contains all nine essential amino acids, and has twice as much fiber as other grains (meaning it keeps you fuller, longer). Try this version from All Recipes. It makes a ton, for healthy lunches you can enjoy all week long.
3. Cheddar Apple Sandwich
Just less than 280 calories, this cheddar apple sandwich is the definition of a quick, healthy lunch. All it takes are thin apple slices, mustard and cheddar cheese to create a lunch that can be enjoyed any day of the week. Pair it with a side salad or carrot sticks for a complete meal. Get the recipe, HERE.
4. Turkey Wrap
Who needs a plain sandwich when you can experience a wrap? This turkey and avocado version is the perfect healthy lunch for spring and summer (and maybe even eaten outside if there’s time). Start with a whole wheat tortilla layered with red pepper hummus, avocado, and pickles and complete it with lean turkey. Break this out when it’s time for lunch and you’ll be the envy of your office coworkers.
5. Chicken Salad Sandwich
Did you have chicken last night? Perfect! Take the leftovers and turn it into a quick chicken salad sandwich. This recipe uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo to turn traditional chicken salad into a delicious healthy lunch (and packed with more flavor). Red onion, dried fruit and almonds are added into the mix.
These health-conscious lunches, paired with your adjustable height desk, are sure to give you the energy boost you need to work productively throughout the day. Bring a few of these recipes to the office and let us know how it turned out!