Do you always rush to get a few bites of lunch in before getting back to your busy schedule? There's not always time during the day to prepare a meal, and sometimes even making lunch the night before can seem like too much work. Preparing a nutritious and filling lunch doesn't mean spending hours in the kitchen. Here are ways to quickly whip up a healthy midday meal.
When making dinner, always make extra. Grill up two pieces of salmon, cook up one cup of quinoa, and steam a bunch of broccoli. Eat half for dinner and place the remaining food in a reusable container. Boom — tomorrow's lunch is ready.
Who says a healthy lunch has to be completely homemade? If part of your lunch is premade, it'll save you lots of prep time. Place a frozen veggie burger patty in a container in the fridge with a whole-wheat bun, lettuce, and tomato, or buy precooked organic grilled chicken breast strips and add them to a whole-wheat pita with sliced cheese, spinach, avocado, and salsa.
Five Is the Magic Number
If making your lunch every night seems like a chore, make all your lunches at once. I'm a fan of cutting up a huge salad and divvying it up between five containers on Sunday night, but you can also do the same with a big pot of soup, a veggie casserole, a bean and pasta dish, or grill up a bunch of chicken and veggies. This is a great option if you don't mind eating the same thing for lunch every day.