Right now, tomatoes are in the middle of their ripest, juiciest moment, so next time you assemble a sandwich, make them the star of the show in a BLT. This version, made cool and smooth thanks to a blend of salty feta and cream cheese, is even more satisfying. Watch the video to learn how to create the sandwich, then print out the recipe to try it for yourself.
There's nothing like a cool and refreshing tuna or egg salad on a hot Summer day — unless you follow a vegan diet! Using tofu, chef Carolyn Scott-Hamilton of The Healthy Voyager whips up her vegan take on the classic picnic dish. The end result is light, flavorful, and crunchy with an unexpected twist you'll love.
If you're trying to lose weight, don't let your midday meal sabotage your best intentions. Guilty of any of these mistakes? It may be time for a lunch makeover.
- You eat out all the time: Sure, you can find healthy options at many places, even fast food restaurants, but if you're trying to take control of what's in your food, bringing lunch you've made yourself is the healthiest option. Save time and make a few extra servings of dinner; these healthy recipes make great lunch leftovers!
- You always wash it down with juice or soda: There's nothing wrong with an occasional treat, but if your lunch seems incomplete without popping a can of soda to accompany it, you could be adding thousands of unwanted calories to your diet in a month. Diet soda can also lead to an expanded waistline, so wean yourself off juice and soda and opt for water or tea instead.
- You don't think about nutrition: It can be easy to opt for what's fastest or cheapest when you're ordering lunch, but that midday meal should help you hit your nutritional requirements in order to keep you energized throughout the day, especially if you've got a workout on your calendar. Instead of eating yet another greasy, carby lunch, think about your recommended daily intake of important vitamins and minerals; this RDI chart will help you make healthier choices at any meal.
- You don't eat enough: You may think that choosing a 90-calorie soup over a fast-food stop is the healthiest choice, but you've also got to make sure your meal keeps you full throughout the afternoon in order to dissuade those afternoon junk food munchies. Choose healthy lunch options that have good amounts of protein and fiber to help keep you full; if you find yourself heading to the vending machine for an afternoon snack, get in the habit of keeping healthy snacks like fruit or any of these healthy store-bought snacks at your desk when cravings strike.
- You eat mindlessly: Let's face it, we can't always step away from our desks to enjoy lunch, but wolfing down your lunch in front of your computer can make you feel hungry soon after. Help your brain register that you're full by eating slowly and if possible take at least 15 minutes away from your desk to eat.
Pamper your belly with this debloating and low-calorie soup recipe from Canyon Ranch Spa. Cooling cucumbers, mint, and yogurt serve as the base, while garlic, chives, and a touch of lemon add bright flavor. This recipe is almost as good as being at the luxurious spa itself!
Learn how to make the hydrating recipe after the break.
Father's Day is approaching quick, so here's menu inspiration for a leisurely Father's Day Sunday lunch. What better way to recognize and celebrate Dad than by making all his favorite things? No matter what your dad likes, you're sure to find one of his favorites in this mouth-watering menu. Artichoke, corn on the cob, chicken wings, and apple cobbler are just a few dishes Dad will appreciate receiving on his honored day.
You sit down to a huge salad complete with mesclun greens and an array of veggies such as carrot shreds, cucumbers, diced red peppers, and cherry tomatoes — you even add chickpeas and sunflower seeds for protein. The fiber is supposed to fill you up and the protein sustains your energy, but an hour or so later, you feel famished.
If your salad is leaving you hungry, then add some extra fiber and protein by scooping a cup of cooked whole grains on top. Quinoa, barley, millet, buckwheat, or rice will beef up the calorie amount by about 200 calories, but you'll also be getting three to eight grams each of extra fiber and protein. Cook your whole grains in veggie broth for extra flavor, and add beans or chopped veggies while cooking for interesting texture and added nutrition.
Check out the chart below to see how these whole grains compare.
|Grain (1 cup cooked)||Calories||Carbs (g)||Fiber (g)||Protein (g)|
|Long Grain Brown Rice||216||44.8||3.5||5|
This Sunday, treat Mom to a made-from-scratch midday meal that's filled with Spring produce. She's guaranteed to feel special — and to remember it for years to come.
Lavender Collins Cocktail
Mom will love sipping on this floral, lemonade-like cocktail that's designed for adults only. The pastel blue hue in this cocktail comes from creme de violette, which is the essential ingredient in the lavender Collins cocktail.
Caesar salad is a classic, but it can instantly receive a seasonal boost by subbing ribboned asparagus in place of lettuce greens. For extra crunch and flavor, throw in some quality anchovies and crispy croutons.
You hit the local salad bar for lunch and are feeling pretty good about your healthy choice. The only problem is, those do-it-yourself meals don't allow you to know how many calories you're consuming. Lettuce (ha!) build a salad together to find out.
There's no need to hit the drive-through lane; healthy food can also be fast, without requiring too much preplanning. These healthy options are easy to prepare and, with a little forethought and time, will be no-brainer options for grabbing to go during the week.
Spinach Veggie Wraps
With only five ingredients, these spinach veggie wraps are easy to throw together, even if you're fridge isn't well stocked. And since you can simultaneously cook all the components — barley, steamed spinach, and sauteed veggies — prepping your lunch will take only about 15 minutes.
Creamy Avocado Pasta
Make a little extra of this creamy avocado pasta for a filling day-after lunch (it offers 14 grams of protein!) that only takes 15 minutes to prepare.
Spinach Chickpea Salad
Grab your food processor and make a big batch of this flavorful yet simple spinach, cilantro, and chickpea salad. The fiber and protein will keep you full, while the garlic and lemony flavors will keep your palate pleased.
Tuna Dill Cakes
For an even faster lunch, make a large batch of these tuna dill cakes at the start of the week and add to a bed of lettuce for an instant, protein-packed salad lunch anytime. The cakes will only take you about 15-20 minutes to prepare and bake.