On those hectic workdays when you do not have a lot of time to worry about lunch, having a ready-to-eat meal handy is the best way to ensure you can continue following a healthy diet, especially if you are working hard at losing a few extra pounds. So, check out a few healthy easy-to-prepare lunch ideas below and use them on your busiest days.
Quinoa bowls are a great way to enjoy a filling lunch that is packed with protein and fiber, along with energizing carbohydrates. All you have to do is toss some cooked or fresh veggies in with some cooked quinoa, and maybe even add in your choice of fresh herbs. A simple dressing that is made from apple cider vinegar or tahini could do the trick when it comes to topping your bowl off with some extra flavor, and you can even add some healthy fats to the mix by mashing up an avocado and adding it to the top. You’ll be surprised by how satisfied you feel!
Who says that oatmeal can only be enjoyed for breakfast? Pack some oatmeal for your day at the office and then, during your lunch break, add some boiled water to it to prepare it quickly and easily if you want to avoid using the microwave. Top your oatmeal with some fresh berries or a sliced banana and you have a meal that is not only full of fiber and protein, but also really filling and packed with vitamins and minerals.
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sure, peanut butter and jelly is a lunch that you used to eat while you were in school, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have it as a working adult. The protein in the peanut butter—or almond butter, if that is what you would prefer—will help fill you up and fuel you up for the rest of your day. But the jelly that you choose should be natural so that you can avoid unhealthy ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and artificial preservatives. Pack a sandwich or two and you will have a lunch that you can eat quickly when you are pressed for time.
A simple wrap packed with your favorite ingredients can also be a healthy way to have lunch rather quickly. Prepare it at home, pack it up, and then have it a few hours later at your desk. So simple, and so low in carbs too!
With these healthy and ready-to-eat lunches, you can get through your busiest workday without feeling deprived and hungry.
Frozen prepared foods have a bad reputation, and for good reason. Many of them are loaded with unhealthy ingredients that should be avoided. However, there are some TV dinners that you can enjoy when you’re too busy to make a meal at home and you don’t have a lot of time. Check out the top 10 healthiest TV dinners below, especially if you want to lose weight.
1. Amy’s Black Bean Vegetable Enchilada
This is one of the healthiest TV dinners because it contains just 320 calories, 4 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of saturated fat. Plus, it’s low in sodium, and it has 10 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. Ingredients include veggies, tofu, and black beans with a spicy sauce and corn tortillas. (more…)
Breakfast can definitely be one of the more difficult meals of the day, especially when you’re dieting or following a specific eating plan. Most people eat in a rush as they try to get themselves together for their day, so it’s easy to fall back into bad habits and foods that will break your dieting progress.
What do you do if you’re trying to stick to the Zone Diet and need to eat in a hurry before rushing off to work or to drop off the kids at school? Here are a few quick Zone Diet breakfasts for anyone who wants to eat healthier but doesn’t have a lot of time in the morning. (more…)
Just because you’re on a diet to lose weight certainly doesn’t mean that you have to restrict yourself from eating the foods that you love. In fact, you can eat healthy and consume fewer calories and less fat without having to completely remove a food from your diet. This means that you will not have to feel deprived, but you will be able to get results as you slim down gradually and start to look and feel fantastic.
Check out the 1-day sample diet menu below. This is just one of many ways that you can pursue your diet so you won’t have to worry about any particular foods being removed from your plans while you’re working on shedding those excess pounds for good. (more…)