Millions of Americans purchase lunch from a vendor or restaurant during the work week, giving themselves big courage and smallish wallets. Making lunch at home puts you in control of exactly what you are eating and is easier than ordering the usual without the fattening ingredients.
Soup- Soup is one of the easiest lunches to make. Grab a big pot and add broth or water and vegetables. Meat, beans, and grains are optional and the sky is the limit to what you can create. Make a whole lot of it and eat it for lunch for the entire week, or freeze some of it for later. When you’re ready to have the soup, then take it from the freezer and place it into the refrigerator the night before. Soup works for hot summers, cold winters, and everything in between.
Natural peanut butter comes without the partially hydrogenated oils and the sweetness of the honey mimics the additional sugars of jam. Whole grain bread finishes the perfect trio for an adult lunch which brings out the kid in everybody. High stress days do not match up to this indulgence of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Add a banana, cocoa powder, or cinnamon for additional flavor and benefits. Bananas are full of potassium, cocoa powder has antioxidants, and cinnamon is a calcium goldmine. We won’t tell mother you put chocolate on your sandwich!
Crackers, Hummus, and Vegetables- If you have a food processor, it isn’t tough to create your own hummus. Place garbanzo beans, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and also the discretionary tahini from the food processor and mix into a thin paste. Fresh hummus can’t be beat by store bought in flavor nor price. Eat it with whole grain crackers or pita bread and vegetables like celery, carrots, green pepper, or cucumber. Hummus provides healthy fat, fiber, protein, and a sign of vitamin C in the lemon juice. Don’t go easy on the garlic; it is great for your heart.
Gorgonzola and Pear Flatbread- Pizza does not always have to be bad for you. It all depends upon how you make it and what you put on it. Spread olive oil on a piece of flatbread and cover it with a thin layer of mozzarella cheese. Add grape pear and tomato slices and gorgonzola cheese. You can also add chicken or tofu to add protein to the meal. Wrap it in plastic wrap and then microwave it at lunchtime to melt the cheese. The sweet and salty flavors make this pizza taste like food from a costly spa. Ham and pineapple is a superb variation of the recipe, so you’re never stuck with the very same ingredients.