If you’re still on a new year health kick, a less than healthy lunch can be the biggest temptation if you’ve had a long, tough morning. Here are our top 5 lunch ideas to help you stay on track….
Don’t keep a lid on it…Tuna & Lentil Salad
Tinned pulses, lentils and fish are super healthy and very easy to grab on your way out in the morning (which means more time in bed – yay!) It’s the cleanest way to transport your lunch ingredients ready for assembly when you’re ready.
In a Tupperware:
2 x Chopped Tomatoes
1 Small Red Onion, chopped finely-ish
2 tbsp. Chopped Coriander
In a dressing pot:
3 tbsp. of your best Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 tsp Wholegrain Mustard
1 Garlic Clove, crushed
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
½ tsp Ground Coriander
Grab your tins:
1 x 400g tin Canned Lentils
1 x 185g tin Tuna
To assemble you’ll just need to open your tins, flake the tuna, and stir in with the lentils, chopped tomatoes, onion and coriander and pour over the dressing. Stir again before piling onto your plate and devouring.
Top tip: Make your dressing the night (or even 2 nights before) to allow the flavours to develop
Fit for a Queen….Coronation Cauliflower
There’s lots you can do with this almighty veggie that’s hitting headlines this year and makes for a super tasty lunch. We love a right royal Coronation Cauliflower – give yourself a meat break and opt for this vegetarian alternative.
Quinoa contains twice the protein of rice or barley. It’s Gluten-free and has 9 amino acids. Once cooked, it can stay in your fridge for up to 7 days and can even be frozen. So, why not cook a batch at the weekend and then make 2-3 different salads throughout your week…
We’ve got a soft spot for these…
Top tip: Stir in a glug of your best Olive Oil as soon as the Quinoa is cooked to add flavour and to separate the grains.
Keep a stash of rye crackers in your desk drawer and experiment with some ‘cracking’ little toppings, such as:
- Harissa Smoked Mackerel & Soft Cheese
- Pesto, Mozzarella and Roast Red Pepper
- Goats Cheese, Pear, Honey & Walnut
Avocado…..Never lets you down
Loaded with nutrients and fibre, avocados can help lower cholesterol and keep your heart healthy. Easy to transport, avocados can also sit in your desk drawers until they are soft enough to be enjoyed. Here is a super delicious and colourful way to add some soul to a halved avocado.