If you’re trying to lose weight and get in shape, taking your own specially prepared lunches to work is the way to go! Not only do you have total control over portion sizes, but you’ll be able to control exactly what balance of micro and macronutrients you’re putting in your body. It will take a bit more work to do it, but it’s absolutely worth the effort of preparing and packing your own lunches. Here are a few simple, easy weight loss lunches you can bring to work this week:
Grilled Chicken and Brussels Sprouts
Chicken is a meal you can always count on when trying to lose weight! Chicken breast, in particular, is fairly low in fat but rich in proteins. It’s also beautifully easy to prepare in simple, tasty ways that offer variety and a punch of flavor. Grill up a chicken breast with your favorite spices, and throw some Brussels sprouts onto the grill as well. A dozen or so sprouts is all you need to stay full for hours after this surprisingly satiating weight loss lunch!
Spinach Salad with Avocado and Salmon
Spinach is, pound for pound, one of the best foods on the planet! Like all dark, leafy greens, it’s loaded with all sorts of important nutrients—everything from fiber to iron to folic acid to Vitamin C. Add in a bit of high-fat (the good fat) avocadoes and a portion of Omega-3 and protein-rich salmon, and you’ve got a meal made in healthy heaven!
Grilled Fish Tacos
While the best fish tacos are beer-battered and deep-fried, for the sake of your health, it’s better to opt for grilled fish. Throw in some shredded purple cabbage and pico de gallo to get more veggies (fiber and critical nutrients), spicy peppers to rev up your metabolism, and a few brown flour or corn tortillas for quick-acting energy, and you’ve got one heck of a delicious and healthy lunch.
Peanut butter is definitely high in fat, but it’s the good fats your body needs. Turning it into a healthy sandwich is a quick and easy way to pack weight loss lunches every day. Sliced bananas provide enough sweetness to balance out the thick peanut butter, and it will provide a hefty dose of important minerals and fiber. Make the PBB sandwich using whole grain toast or even something sprouted like Ezekiel bread, and you’re in for a healthy treat.
Veggie burgers are quite the rage these days! Not only do they provide a hefty dose of protein, but they’re surprisingly tasty when made right. The combination of legume proteins gives you the amino acids needed to fuel your muscles, and the addition of a whole grain bun with a generous helping of veggie condiments will keep you full for hours.
Quinoa Salad Bowl
Quinoa is the best of the grains, thanks to its high protein, fiber, and micronutrient content. You’ll find that mixing up a salad bowl with all your favorite salad fixings—tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, avocadoes, cucumber and corn—with a hefty dose of quinoa can go a long way toward keeping you full for hours after your lunch. Add in some tasty feta cheese to give it a rich, flavorful kick, and make sure to top it off with a homemade vinaigrette dressing instead of creamy Ranch or Caesar.
Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
Throw a banana into a blender with a cup of milk, a half-scoop of protein powder, and a tablespoon of peanut butter, and you’ve got a low-calorie, high-nutrient meal that is guaranteed to deliver weight loss results.