It’s lunchtime, and you’re at work. Whether you’re eating out or bringing food from home, you probably look at the same three options every day. Maybe your co-workers are even getting sick of seeing the same thing day after day, week after week, month after month… It’s time to mix things up! Here are eight lunches that won’t get boring any time soon. Each item offers a healthy option and plenty of protein, so you can stay satisfied until dinner rolls around again!
1) Avocado Toast
Spread 2 slices of whole-grain bread with 1 mashed ripe avocado, salt, pepper, and minced fresh cilantro. Top with a poached egg or serve alongside a sunny-side up egg to make it more substantial. You can also add sliced turkey breast for an extra hit of protein. This is one of my favorite quick lunches—and you’ll feel great after eating all that healthy fat! The avocado toast pairs well with my Cucumber-Melon Salad (see recipe). If you don’t have time to prepare lunch ahead of time, grab some precut veggies and throw together a salad like my Simple Summer Salad (see recipe). Pack in as many veggies as possible—the crunchier, firmer they are, the better they will hold up over time.
2) Low-Carb Sushi Rolls
If you love sushi but have to limit your carbs for one reason or another, fear not! There are tons of low-carb sushi options available, many of which are just as delicious as their more conventional counterparts. Check out these five healthy, low-carb sushi rolls that will leave you with a full tummy and an empty plate. Each of these recipes clocks in at under 20 grams of carbohydrates per serving. They’re also high in protein, so they’ll keep you feeling full until your next meal. Give them a try next time you need lunch on-the-go.
3) Roasted Cauliflower with Tandoori Yogurt Sauce
Take roasted cauliflower to a whole new level by pairing it with spicy tandoori yogurt sauce for a flavorful, yet surprisingly easy lunch. The pungent spice blend in tandoori powder adds some kick, while yogurt gives it a creamy texture. This recipe takes just 20 minutes to prepare—perfect for a weekday lunch! Serves 2.
4) Grilled Vegetable Pizza
Bored with your lunches? Want to up your vegetable intake but you don’t want to spend much time cooking? Try making grilled vegetable pizza. This lunch option is both healthy and delicious. Here are some instructions for how to make it 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Brush a baking sheet lightly with olive oil or line it with parchment paper. Spread out a store-bought whole-wheat pizza crust on top of it, if desired, or roll out a homemade crust until thin enough that you can see through it when held up to light.
5) Baked Eggs with Zucchini, Tomato, and Cheese
These baked eggs are a great for a morning meal. Zucchini is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, and dietary fiber; it also provides very little calories. Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A and C as well as providing over 15% of your daily recommended fiber intake. Eggs are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that may improve cholesterol levels. All of these ingredients combined make for a healthy breakfast that will keep you full until lunch time.
6) Brussels Sprout Salad With Bacon and Croutons
Chop three slices of bacon into 1⁄4-inch pieces. Heat a skillet over medium heat, then add the bacon and cook for about 5 minutes, or until browned. Meanwhile, chop four or five brussels sprouts into small pieces. Once cooked, transfer to a plate with paper towels to drain any excess grease. Next, grab an old-fashioned (or other) sandwich bag from your kitchen drawer and cut off one corner so you have a 4-inch by 4-inch piece of plastic.
7) Spiralized Veggie Pad Thai
Making pad thai out of zucchini is a great option if you’re watching your waistline. Replace noodles with spiralized zucchini to get a healthy version of everyone’s favorite Thai dish. It will leave you feeling full and energized, but without ruining your diet! And even better, it only takes five minutes to make! Simply sauté garlic and onions in coconut oil or sesame oil until they are fragrant, then add in thinly sliced zucchini and seasonings like tamari or soy sauce. Cook for about two minutes, then top with crushed peanuts and cilantro. Finish by adding some hot sauce or chili paste for an extra kick!
8) Grilled Chicken Caesar Kebabs
Fire up your grill or indoor grill pan. If you don’t have a grill, toss your chicken with balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, basil and oregano. Brush two wooden skewers with olive oil. Alternate threading chunks of grilled chicken breast (about 1/2-inch cubes), cherry tomatoes and croutons onto each skewer; season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and fresh basil leaves. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Grill for about 5 minutes on each side until cooked through. Serve warm with Caesar dressing for dipping.