Making sure that you’re eating healthily is usually a pretty low priority with a schedule that’s packed to the brim, especially right in the middle of all the action. Time-consuming meal prep and deliberate, calculated grocery shopping feel like luxuries that your hustling lifestyle just can’t afford. There are healthy lunch recipes that don’t require wild amounts of time and energy, you just need to know where to find them! Luckily, I’ve got some options for you right here.
Pack-and-go style lunches take minimal prep work the night before a busy workday. This type of meal makes an excellent option for chaotic mornings, where being able to grab something straight from the fridge as you’re heading out the door is a necessity.
Mason Jar Salads
Use your choice of ingredients and layer properly. First, the dressing always goes on the bottom. Then, add in grains and/or protein, like chicken, quinoa, or edamame. Everything else except the leafy greens go on next, such as corn or broccoli. Top off the jar with leafy greens, then store in the fridge until you need it! When stored properly, these salads will last in the fridge for four to five days.
Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps
Whisk 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, and one pinch of salt and pepper into a medium bowl. Take three hard-boiled eggs, discard one egg yolk, then chop the remaining eggs and toss into the bowl. Add two stalks of minced celery and two tablespoons of minced red onion then stir to combine. Cut in half two or three lettuce leaves and double layer them. Divide the egg salad among the wraps and top with tablespoon of chopped fresh basil. Store in fridge up to four days.
Ravioli and Vegetable Soup
Heat one tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add two cups frozen bell pepper and onion mix, thawed and diced, two cloves minced garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper and cook. Stir for one minute. Add one 28oz can crushed tomatoes, one 15oz can vegetable broth, 1 1/2 cups hot water, and one teaspoon dried basil. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add one six to nine ounce package of fresh or frozen whole-wheat cheese ravioli and cook for three minutes less than package directions. Add two cups diced zucchini, return to a boil, and cook for three minutes. Season with black pepper, then cover and refrigerate up to three days.
When any cooking at all just is not an option due to time constraints, you can always opt for some low-carb, no-prep snacks for lunch. You can buy pre-packaged at the grocery store, or save money by buying in bulk and then dividing up on your own. Another option for guaranteed healthy meals that make life easier is to sign up for a meal prep delivery service.
Pomegranate seeds are a great source of antioxidants. They come naturally packed with healthy fats. One thing to look out for when buying pre-packaged is the added sugar that many manufactures put into dried pomegranate seeds. Overall, they make a perfect small meal for on-the-go.
Cottage cheese has a slight sweetness while staying low in fat and high in protein. Mixing in some berries is a popular way to improve on this snack further. As with the need to watch for sugar content with dried seeds, you need to keep an eye on the sodium in cottage cheese. This snack makes a great healthy lunch option in moderation.
Meal Kit Delivery Service
There are tons of options today for meal kit delivery services. Each service offers different benefits for different diets and lifestyles, so it pays to do some research before committing to one. In consideration of health-focused meal services, Freshly has been ranked as the best for extremely busy people. Freshly’s meals are premade and ready to eat within two minutes or less. Nothing in these meals comes frozen, and they are all free from refined sugars, high in protein, gluten-free, and all-natural. They are well-insulated in eco-friendly biodegradable totes and the company donates all leftover food from its packaging process to local shelters and food banks. Freshly is a total wellness brand, on top of being super convenient. The cost for this meal kit service starts at $50 for four meals per week for one person.
You don’t have to sacrifice eating well when life gets hectic. You need to identify which style of meals fits best into your individual routine, whether that’s pack-and-go, small snacks, or signing up for a service that does all the work for you. Eat well, and thrive.