healthy lunch ideas

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Do you love packing lunches as much as I do? (I’m kidding, that’s not a real question.)

I love cooking, but prepping lunches? Not one of my favorite things to do. And I get the feeling that those of you who pack lunches day in and day out get sick of it real quick as well. And it’s totally understandable – it takes a ton of planning, prepping and energy to pack lunches every day.

When I think of the goal of this little website of mine, it’s to provide simple, delicious and healthy inspiration to eat well. For kids, for adults and for everyone in between. With that in mind, these healthy lunch ideas are suitable for the entire family, and I kept them as easy as possible.

Healthy Lunch Ideas | anutritionisteats.com

Ideally, each lunch (and meal for that matter!) should consist of a protein, vegetable and whole-grain or starch component. The fruit and treat are optional, but may help you score good lunch cred! Portion size will depend on the size of the human. :)

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Healthy Lunch Ideas: Protein | deli meat, cheese cubes, hard boiled eggs, edamame, beans, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, nut or sun butter, grilled or leftover meat, tuna or egg salad, smoothie (frozen in molds), meatballs, frittata, cheese quesadilla, grass-fed hot dogs

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Healthy Lunch Ideas: Vegetables | carrot sticks, grape tomatoes, lettuce wraps, cucumber slices, roasted vegetables, red pepper strips, snap peas, coleslaw, sautéed zucchini, steamed broccoli, roasted cauliflower

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Healthy Lunch Ideas: Fruits | berries, apple slices, orange segments, grapes, melon chunks, sliced kiwi, mango

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Healthy Lunch Ideas: Whole-Grains (or Starch)| crackers, pasta, bread, popcorn, tortillas, pita bread, mini bagel, waffles, pancakes, english muffin, focaccia, cereal, baked oatmeal, cinnamon raisin bread, cubed sweet potato, roasted squash, mashed potatoes, potato pancakes, sweet potato fries

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Healthy Lunch Ideas: Treats | fruit leather, whole-grain cookies, mini-muffins, trail mix, dried fruit, granola bars

Want More? I rounded up 225+ lunch box ideas here.

Dealing with Food Allergies? Healthy Alternatives for Food Allergies.

Helpful Products: these products might make packing lunch a little easier and a little more fun! The popsicle molds are great for filling and freezing with healthy smoothies (add some greens!) and the baking cups are helpful for keeping foods separate in bento-box style lunch containers.

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LunchBots Quad Container | Silicone Popsicle Molds | Silicone Baking Cups | Laptop Lunches Bento Buddies *affiliate links

What do YOU pack for lunch?

 

curried chicken salad

It’s officially lunch week over here. A few weeks ago, we had breakfast week and I guess that means dinner week should be next! We’re starting things off with a superb curried chicken salad (it’s perfect over greens and easily made ahead of time) and later this week, I’ll be sharing a ton of ideas on what to pack for lunches – ideas designed for both kids and adults!

So the curried chicken salad.

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The location of my office? It’s a good one. (Except that the four mile drive can take 30-40+ minutes on a bad day!)

It’s a few blocks away from one of my favorite lunch spots, Clementine (I’ve created a number of copycat Clementine recipes: whole-grain oat muffins, lentil, beet & goat cheese salad and fall chicken salad) and it’s a few blocks away from my favorite mall in LA. Which is trouble, so I don’t visit the mall that often.

A visit to the mall = a visit to madewell = spending too much money. So I just avoid it all together, as much as humanly possible.

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In addition to some great stores, this mall has an incredible food court. It’s honestly the best food court EVER! I normally stick with the same greek salad, but recently I branched out and had lunch from Coral Tree Cafe.

They make a classic curried chicken salad, served over greens. So perfect. I had to have it every day for lunch the following week. The curry sauce is creamy and so flavorful, but the raisins make this salad. I am not normally a raisin fan, but in this version, they are the sweet bite this salad needs.

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Chicken salads are a favorite of mine because they can be made ahead of time and served with a simple salad for a healthy, protein-packed and easy lunch. And curried chicken salad just might be my favorite of the bunch. A hint of spice, a touch of exotic and a little excitement to 1pm on Wednesday.

Curried Chicken Salad
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 3 breasts)
  • ¾ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup diced carrots
  • ⅓ cup diced cucumber (remove seeds)
  • ⅓ cup diced red onion
  • ⅔ golden raisins
Instructions
  1. Cook chicken breasts as desired and let cool and chop into small pieces. (I poached mine, directions here.)
  2. Whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, water, curry powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Prepare and chop all vegetables.
  4. Toss together all ingredients and chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. Serve with greens, stuffed into a pita or with crackers.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 316 Fat: 11 Carbohydrates: 13 grams Fiber: 2 grams Protein: 41 grams

 

daily eats: 7.9.14

Oh, hello! Are you surviving the post- long-weekend week of work? My week has been busy (newsletter time at work) so I’m kind of ready for the weekend! You?

workout: 45 minutes walking on treadmill. I’m still really content with low-key exercise, so that’s what I’m doing! Lots of walking, 7-Minute and barre workouts. Every once in a while, I think about signing up for a race so I’ll start running again – and then I decide against it.

beverages: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2, per usual

breakfastblueberry bliss smoothie + a few kale cubes thrown in for good measure!

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snacks: almonds + fresh fig. It was my first time trying a fresh fig and I’m still undecided on if I like them or not. The flavor was nice, but the texture was not my favorite.

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yoga: 30 minutes of gentle yoga/stretching. One of my coworkers has been leading yoga every Wednesday over lunch and it is such a wonderful break in the day/week.

lunch: romaine + cucumber + kale (last minute addition) salad + my favorite cilantro dressing (trader joe’s!) with tuna + mayo + celery + onions. Lunch was supposed to be served with toasted pita and goat cheese, but the pita was moldy, so I turned it into a snack with crackers instead…

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snackscrackers + goat cheese (at work) and a glass of shiraz (not at work).

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dinner: I went into dinner not having any clue what it would be because we were headed to house/dog sit. We found some burgers (with cheese) + sweet potato puffs + pickles + onions + ketchup. At least I had vegetables at lunch! (Check out instagram to see the cute pup we watch!)

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approximate nutrition stats: 1,898 calories, 104 grams fat (52%), 123 grams carbohydrates (28%), 18 grams fiber, 55 grams sugar, 89 grams protein (20%)

thoughts: Of course I always try to include vegetables at dinner, but it doesn’t always happen. Life goes on! Also, these posts stop me from mindless snacking – Richie was snacking on chips and salsa before dinner but I didn’t want to deal with a picture so I didn’t have any. :)

easy, five-layer burritos

Easy, Five Layer Burrito | A Nutritionist Eats

I love Chipotle. (Is there anyone who doesn’t? Please, make yourself known. We need to talk.)

But I never order a burrito – always a salad. When we were in Mexico, we had the most-delicious burritos EVER and I started to wonder if I was missing out with my typical Chipotle order. I’ve since ordered a burrito at Chipotle, and then at a local Mexican joint, Cactus, but neither compare to the one from Burrito Revolution.

Easy, Five Layer Burrito | A Nutritionist Eats

So for now, I’ve decided that I’ll stick with salads (or burrito bowls!) at Chipotle, tostadas at Cactus and make my burritos at home.

These five-layer burritos have just that: five layers of refried beans, avocado, pico de gallo, sour cream and shredded lettuce. On their own, these ingredients are nothing special, but when combined they make a delicious, easy and nutritious dinner that comes together in minutes. And that’s something we can all use more of.

Easy, Five Layer Burrito | A Nutritionist Eats

It’s hardly a recipe, but more of a reminder / new dinner inspiration.

Here’s my tortilla theory: sprouted is best, followed by whole-grain/corn/flour. I understand that sprouted tortillas aren’t for everyone….and if you solely look at the nutritional facts between flour and whole-grain flour tortillas, the differences are pretty small (think 2 grams of fiber), so I say, eat what you prefer! If the white flour tortilla tastes much better, you’re bound to feel more satisfied after eating it. (And this topic is one that probably deserves a whole post, because it applies to many foods!)

Five-Layer Burrito | A Nutritionist Eats

Dinner is served.

nutrition facts: 333 calories, 11 grams of fat, 48 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, 13 grams protein

Five-Layer Burritos

by Emily Dingmann

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: entree high fiber vegetarian soy-free beans Mexican

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 avocado
  • salt
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1-15 oz can refried beans
  • 4 tortillas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup pico de gallo

Instructions

Prepare ingredients: mash avocado (squeeze some lime over it if desired) and season with salt. Wash and thinly slice romaine lettuce.

Heat refried beans in microwave or over stove until hot.

Heat tortillas until warm if desired.

Layer on beans, avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo and lettuce on tortilla, and roll! How to Wrap a Burrito

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