Healthy Lunch Recipes
Lunch isn’t the easiest meal to fit into our hectic lifestyle, but a healthy lunch can pay off both mentally and physically—especially if you’re stuck at work all day. Eating in the middle of the day—especially after a nice, hearty breakfast—can re-energize your body and raise your blood sugar levels during that inevitable midday crash.
Before we share our delicious healthy lunch recipes with you, it’s important that you understand the benefits of eating lunch at the same time every day.
Stop making excuses!
It’s so easy to get distracted and forget about lunchtime altogether. You say to yourself, “I had a big breakfast or I’ll just eat a big dinner, so it doesn’t really matter if I don’t eat lunch.” Wrong. It does matter. If you take this approach, you’re only going to feel more sluggish throughout the day.
Also, DO NOT skip lunch if you’re trying to lose weight. One of the ways to successfully lose weight is to eat good, healthy meals at the same time every day. According to the Weight Control Information Network, people who regularly skip meals tend to weigh more than people who eat often throughout the day.
Lunch is even more crucial for school-aged kids. Since most kids do not eat breakfast or dinner at school, lunch is their body’s only source of power throughout the day. According to ChoiceUSA.net, school lunch makes up one third to one half of a child's nutritional intake for an entire day and is essential for helping children succeed in school.
Healthy Lunch recipes from bistroMD
It’s time to share the goods. Here are a couple healthy lunch recipes exclusively from bistroMD.
- California-Inspired Wrap. This tasty wrap is made from a whole wheat tortilla and is packed with a delicious helping of tasty turkey, crispy turkey bacon and fresh avocado. Turkey is one of the best forms of protein and avocados are high in valuable monounsaturated fats (the good kind of fat).
- Classic Philly Twist. We took a traditional Philly cheese steak and switched it up. Instead of traditional beef, use lean cuts of grilled chicken breast and simmer them in a sensational mix of Philly-inspired spices. Once the chicken has been grilled to perfection, blanket your juicy chicken breast with bell peppers and crispy onions, topped with a feather shred of part-skim mozzarella cheese.
Choosing healthy lunch recipes for your lunch break
Most of us get an hour lunch break, but we normally eat at our desks so we can get back to work right away. We may think we’re doing ourselves a favor, but we’re really not. Eating at your desk actually encourages mindless eating and overeating.
Here are some healthy lunch recipes you can bring to work:
- Roast Beef Roll-Ups: Spread mustard on a whole-wheat wrap, add four slices of roast beef, four thin slices of tomatoes, ½ cup of lettuce and ½ cup of red or green peppers. Roll the wrap up, then cut into four equal sections and enjoy!
- Chopped Chicken Salad: Place three ounces of chopped chicken, two tablespoons of crumbled low-fat bleu cheese, ½ cup of chopped cucumbers and one tablespoon of chopped pecans and dried cranberries on two cups of lettuce and then toss with two tablespoons of vinaigrette and bon appetite.
You can also choose healthy lunch entrees from our customizable menu.
All of our lunch entrees are prepared by our chefs using our healthy lunch recipes. If this appeals to you, we offer different programs to fit your lifestyle.