It’s always a good feeling to know that healthy meals are only five minutes away. I think it’s one of the funny misconceptions about eating healthy, it is definitely not boring! It’s only boring if you make it boring and eat the same thing all the time. Salads don’t even have to be boring. There are so many healthy mix-ins: protein, fruit, and veggies that all taste delicious. I can always find new combinations that will satisfy my taste buds. Take for example the meal I enjoyed today after school. A “grilled cheese” with cheese, egg and tomato. The combination was absolutely delicious. On the side had a salad with a bit of grilled chicken. I like finding new dressings to flavor my salads, along with looking for new sandwich combinations. Adding a different kind of cheese or a new protein or a new bread-maybe change it up with a pita or a wrap! Check out these different mix-ins for salads: CLICK HERE.
If you think about it, homemade meals are quicker, and cheaper– you get the most bang for your buck. No one can mess up your meal besides yourself either!
Why are homemade meals better than fast food or restaurants? Because you know when you put in them, you can save money, and the ingredients aren’t mixed with high fattening products like butter and oils-unless you put them on your homemade ones yourself. (Start packing your lunch for work the night before.)
Healthy Tip: if you don’t want to go through the hassle of cooking eggs on the stove, spray a bowl with cooking spray and mix the egg in a bowl and pop in the microwave until it’s to your liking. It save’s a lot of time and the clean up is much easier.
I don’t really like rules when it comes to eating, or actually, anything. But here are some healthy suggestions when making a healthy lunch like the one I had today:
–Use whole wheat bread or a whole wheat grain for the base of the meal.
–incorporate a protein like chicken, eggs, tofu, or peanut butter (to keep you full)
— have a side of veggies
–Use a light cheese if you want some dairy!
–Have a side of fruit: apple/pair/banana or have a light yogurt!
–Try having more veggies to fill you up for a small amount of calories!
–add something tasty to make it seem more exciting and not so “bland” like a new dressing or sauce (look for low calorie-lowfat/low sodium so it stays somewhat healthy!)
–Savor the meal and enjoy the awesome concoction that you made without a hassle and for a good price, FREE!
Hopefully this gave you some ideas for your next lunch…or what do you do to make easy-healthy lunches?