The start of school term has got us thinking about the art of the packed lunch. With such a larger focus now on children being sent off to school with a nutritious lunch we got thinking about healthy packed lunches adults can take to the office too. Eating a healthy and balanced diet can take some planning as a lot of convenience foods can be full of hidden preservatives, sugars and other unwelcome ingredients
Preparing your lunch the night before is a good solution to the lunchtime healthy eating conundrum. It is important to make something that is going to fill you up, there’s no point having a light lunch only to find yourself reaching for a chocolate bar at 3 o’clock!
Why not try a healthy pitta filled with mixed vegetables, chicken, turkey or tuna for your packed lunch? Or what about a Scandinavian inspired open sandwich served on rye bread? This recipe from BBC Good Food for an avocado and smoked salmon version is making our mouths water!
Salads and soups can be an extremely versatile lunchtime option. Mix up your salads by trying different greens – mixed leafs, spinach, kale, watercress – and add a range of other vegetables like avocado, tomatoes and cucumber. For a heartier salad add pulses or grains such as quinoa, lentils and beans. We like the look of this tuna and bean salad from Delicious magazine.
As the weather gets cooler soup becomes an increasingly more appealing lunch option. Making your own soup at the beginning of the week can mean you have lunch for most of the week. Making soup is so easy; try whizzing up a selection of your favourite vegetables or add stock to cut vegetables and simmer. Serve with Ryvita’s, rye bread or a wholemeal bread roll.
Try packing some healthy snacks in with your lunch. Pack plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, like chopped carrots or cucumber to snack on. We love the raw bars from our friends at Purple Balance for a mid-afternoon pick me up. Last but certainly not least, ensure that you pick your favourite Chi to keep you happy and hydrated. Haven’t tried all of our flavours yet? Then have a look here for more information