Want to enjoy your lunches at work but still keep them healthy? Eating out means you’ll often end up stuck with high-calorie, high-carb, highly refined and processed foods, foods that you’re better off avoiding. But if you make your own lunches, you can keep them healthy and light! Try these low calorie lunches for a better dining experience this work week:
This may sound weird, but once you try it, you’ll love it! Cook your meatballs in just enough tomato sauce to bring out their flavor, then set aside to cool. Cut the meatballs into quarters, and add the quartered meatballs and a small scoop of tomato sauce atop a lettuce, parmesan, and Caesar dressing salad. You’ll find it makes a strange and interesting variation on the classic meaty salads, and it’s one of the most unique low calorie lunches.
You can enjoy all the flavors of your favorite Mexican meal, but with none of the added fat! Mix up a batch of your favorite black beans, complete with vegetarian chorizo, lots of cumin and chili peppers, diced onions, tomatoes, and jalapeno peppers. Once they’re cooked down, let them cool, then wrap them up into a tortilla with a healthy serving of your favorite spicy red salsa. A bit of guacamole gives the burritos both a delicious creaminess and an extra helping of plant-based fats and fiber to make it extra healthy. Bonus points for using a whole wheat tortilla!
Hummus and Carrots
This is a beautifully easy meal, one you can make at home or just pack from a store-bought hummus container. Bring at least 20-30 baby carrots or carrot sticks, and dip each in just enough hummus to add flavor. By the time you finish, you’ll be filled up on fiber, healthy fats, and the minerals contained in the chick peas. A healthy, easy, and delicious meal to be certain!
BBQ Chicken Burger
Chicken burgers can be just as delicious as beef, but with a fraction of the calories per serving—thanks to the fact they’re typically made with lower-fat chicken breast. Throw your burger patty onto the grill the night before, and use a bit of your own homemade BBQ spices (cumin, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and a sprinkling of coffee ground) to add flavor and life to the burger. Add a little bit of BBQ sauce to really tie it all together, and make your burger complete with a whole wheat bun and avocado slices!
Dice all of your favorite veggies: red peppers, onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, zucchini, even a bit of spinach. Throw them into a skillet, and stir-fry with a bit of olive oil to bring out the flavors. Add in some chorizo or bacon (or the vegetarian alternative, if you prefer). Finish it off by mixing in tofu—either hard or soft—and let the flavors of the meat and veggies make the tofu absolutely delicious!
Turn your egg breakfast into one heck of a healthy and low calorie lunch! Load up an omelette with healthy ingredients: grilled peppers and onions, jalapeno peppers for a bit of spice, fresh diced tomatoes, and avocado slices. Make it a bit heartier by adding in the meat of your choice (bacon, ham, sausage, etc.) and a sprinkling of cheese. Wrap it all in an omelette made of one egg and one egg white, and you’ve got yourself a lunch that will keep you full and energized for hours to come!