If you’re anything like I use to be, everyday you’ll traipse down to the local food court, buy a disappointing, expensive and probably unhealthy lunch, and then find yourself hungry again a few hours later, at which point you consume 10 biscuits, a packet of chips and a jar of peanut butter.
That last bit might be unique to me.
It doesn’t have to be like this though! With just a little bit of effort you can make your own healthy, filling lunches, for a fraction of the price. Here’s a few of my favourite ideas:
Get soupy- Soups are a great way to up your daily vegetable intake and are really easy to make. Do a batch of vegetable soup on the weekends and freeze into individual portions. Studies show that soups keep you fuller for longer than solid foods, so you’re less likely to raid the fridge at 3pm.
Dip-Eat-Repeat- Cut carrots and celery into strips and dip in low fat tzatziki in between meals. This is a great mid morning hunger buster.
Frozen Fruit- Think raspberries strawberries, banana, grapes. The possibilities are endless. Frozen fruit takes longer to eat, therefore giving our brain time to communicate with our stomach that we’re full, which helps to reduce overeating. A big bag of mixed frozen berries is easily picked up a the local supermarket. Top with yoghurt, LSA and honey and you’ve got a delicious healthy lunch. Staying on the fruit theme- My friend Ellie flicked me an amazing idea for a snack the other day that I just have to share- Cut a banana long ways and spread with nut butter (any kind you like). High in potassium and very filling. Did I mention amazing?
DIY-Mini-Pizza- Pizza doesn’t have to be fattening. Top a pita bread with tomato paste, sliced tomato, olives, low fat cheese, mushroom and basil and pop under the griller for 10 minutes. Reheat in the microwave at work for a filling, delicious, not-even-naughty lunch.