BPA, which has been linked to several health problems, can unfortunately be found in all sorts of places, including many of those plastic containers that are used to store food. In honor of Earth Month, pick up some of these reusable BPA-free containers to keep your food safe and free from any harm.
Tired of the old sandwich, soup, or salad for lunch? Take your taste buds for a twist by serving up a common breakfast food for lunch — eggs. Packed with protein and easy to whip up, these savory egg dishes are also low in calories.
Red, White, Bean, and Basil Frittata
Made with sweet cherry tomatoes, cubes of mozzarella cheese, black beans, and purple basil, this high-protein dish is bursting with delectably fresh flavor. Pair your under-200-calorie piece with a whole-wheat roll for a perfect lunch.
Egg and Tomato Wrap
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Made with a 210-calorie multigrain wrap, two large eggs, corn, and fresh pico de gallo, this breakfast burrito makes the perfect hearty lunch.
Keep reading for one more delicious egg-inspired lunch idea.
Breakfast may be the most important meal, but lunch is another chance to set the tone for the day. Make sure you aren't setting yourself up for failure with these tips to revamp the midday meal and make it the healthiest it can be.
- Construct a healthier sandwich: A sandwich may be a fast and convenient lunch option, but what goes into your sandwich should be carefully planned. Load up on veggies, swap mayo for hummus or a different lower-calorie spread, and use whole-grain bread. Read these smart tips to save calories on your sandwich.
- Add some greens: Most people don't eat enough vegetables, so adding a few greens to your lunch is an easy way to fill up and get the nutrients you need without too many calories. Whether you're bringing leftovers from last night's dinner or opting for takeout, make sure your lunch includes veggies (stick to raw or steamed to keep the calorie count low).
- Stay full: You may think that your can of thin soup is a healthy move, but if your lunch leaves you starving just minutes later, you can become susceptible to chowing down on a less-healthy afternoon snack. Make sure your lunch contains a good balance of protein and fiber to help you feel satisfied for longer. Throw in a piece of fruit with your lunch for added fiber and add a cup of yogurt for protein (try a Chobani Bite in dark chocolate; they're the perfect size for a small sweet treat at the end of your lunch).
Wondering what to pack? Check out these 14 delicious and healthy sandwich ideas, as well as this list of the best and worst lunch foods to pack in your brown bag.
Parsley usually sits on a plate as garnish, but in this traditional Middle Eastern dish, parsley is the star! The cracked whole-wheat grain bulgur ties the recipe together and adds some extra fiber and protein. Tabbouleh is also high in iron, manganese, and vitamins C and A, all important nutrients for the body, and the parsley, lemon, and mint each contain natural detoxing properties. Cutting back on the oil and salt used in more traditional recipes allows the bright, natural flavors to speak for themselves.
This salad is a nice foundation for a healthy lunch, or you can serve it as a satisfying snack with some fresh pita, as pictured. Learn how to make this tabbouleh salad after the break.
If your day is all about deadlines, meetings, and squeezing in a workout, it's no wonder you barely have time to hit the bathroom, let alone sit down to eat lunch. But what you eat for your midday meal can play a huge role in whether you reach your weight-loss goals. Here are some ways that innocent little lunch box of yours can help you fit into that polka-dot bikini by Summer.
- No more skipped lunches: Sounds simple enough, but many women skip lunch thinking they'll lose weight faster. Unfortunately, this isn't the case; skipping meals slows down metabolism, resulting in fewer calories burned. Having a healthy lunch waiting for you means there's no excuse to ever skip this midday meal. Need some ideas? Pack these vegetarian sandwiches or one of these delicious low-calorie soups.
- No more hidden calories: It's fun to go out to lunch every once in a while, but restaurant food tends to be high in calories. Packing a lunch from home means you aren't forced to hit the local café and order a who-knows-how-many-calories-are-in-that soup and sandwich. You also won't be tempted by the high-calorie desserts on the counter calling your name. Instead, you'll know exactly what went into that homemade meal of yours.
- Portion control: When you pack a lunch, you're in charge of how big it is and how many calories you consume. Using cute storage containers like these BPA-free ones can help encourage you to pack smaller portions of your favorites to keep calories in check. Be sure to choose high-fiber foods to keep you feeling full for longer.
- More energy: Eating a nutritious lunch packed with protein and complex carbs maintains blood sugar levels. So say goodbye to that afternoon slump that makes you crave a sugary pick-me-up, and say hello to the crazy amount of energy you'll have to hit a 300-calorie-burning workout after work.
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If you want to stay energized all afternoon, then choose your lunch wisely. Meals made of verve-inducing foods like lean protein, iron-rich leafy greens, and healthy fats will keep your spirits up well into the evening. Here are four energizing lunches to try this week.
Tuna Salad Pitas
Tuna salad can quickly quiet hunger, but the mayonnaise found in traditional recipes racks up (empty) calories fast. Instead, make this protein-packed tuna salad pita sandwich to reduce fat and calories but not flavor.
Quinoa Avocado Salad
Quinoa is a great source of protein and fiber, both of which help fuel the body throughout the day, and avocados provide sustained energy through their high amount of healthy monounsaturated fat. Both avocados and quinoa are also good sources of potassium, which is important for metabolism and muscle growth. Keep your body's engine running smoothly with this quinoa avocado salad recipe, which contains nuts and dried fruit for even more energy.
Get two more energizing lunch ideas after the break.
When it comes to lunch and weight loss, you've got to choose wisely. Barely eating anything or skipping the meal altogether can lead to binge eating later in the day, but filling up midday doesn't bode well for your weight-loss plans. Instead of either, make smart choices at lunch that save calories while ensuring you stay full and have adequate nutrition. Keep these two quick tips handy to save up to 300 calories during your midday meal.
- Skip these, save 100: Make your healthy lunch choices a no-brainer with these tips that save you around 100 calories without much thought. Skipping the mayo, for example, will cut 90 calories from your meal, while going for avocado but skipping the cheese will save you even more. Check out more foods to skip at lunch to save 100 calories here.
- Swap these, save 300: Think that sandwich or veggie burrito is healthy? It may not be. You can save even more calories with smart swaps like a vegetable-filled taco salad instead of a burrito or a protein-filled chickpea salad instead of a creamy chicken salad sandwich. Save 300 calories now with these lunchtime swaps.
If you've been cooking more and eating out less in the New Year, you've probably realized not only how much money you're saving on dinner, but on how just making a bit more can save you money, time, and calories when you bring those leftovers to work for lunch. But one problem with making a huge serving of delicious dinner is that all that food can tempt you into eating more than you'd like to. The solution? Box up your leftovers at the same time you're serving dinner.
Have your lunch container ready (we like these BPA-free options) when you're done cooking, as soon as you serve out your dinner; portion your leftovers into your lunch container. You'll be less tempted to go back for seconds that you don't really need or to graze later on in the evening when you're finally packing your lunch. For more healthy lunch to-dos, read our tips on bringing leftovers to work here.
An uncomplicated yet interesting lunch can be a challenge, especially during colder months. But we've got a solution for you with this Winter twist on the classic turkey wrap. In this wholesome version, tart cranberries, whole-grain mustard, and feta cheese pack on the flavor without adding an avalanche of calories, and slices of fresh pear stay nice and crisp until ready to eat. It's a no-brainer lunch for one — we even suggest double or quadrupling it for multiple lunches or occasions. Get the recipe now.
There's a lot of temptation during the holiday season, but that doesn't mean lunch can't be healthy. For our latest Instagram challenge, we asked readers to snap pictures of their healthy lunches. Salads definitely stole the show, but there was still a large variety of meals inspiring us to stay healthy all month.