5 Easy, quick & healthy lunch ideas for work

5 Easy, quick & healthy lunch ideas for work

It’s so easy to fall into a food rut at the office. Rushed morning routines, packed schedules and heavy workloads often mean that by the time lunch rolls around, the easiest option generally wins. We’ve all eaten more than our fair share of guilt-ridden fast food and overpriced stale sandwiches from the cafe around the corner on busy days. Lunch is a problem and snacks are another minefield: when hunger strikes in those crucial mid-afternoon hours, raiding the vending machine only gets you so far. In the past, we’ve talked about catering for office meetings, but this week we’d like to take a look at how to bring a bit of foodie joy to your everyday eating.

We’ve found five absolute gems:Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Black bean & quinoa enchilada bake

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This is a double winner: it’s a fast one-pan dinner full of protein where the leftovers are even more delicious the next day and super easy to toss into a Tupperware container or roll up in a wrap to take with you in the morning. Bonus: it tastes great both cold and hot.Mashed Chickpea Salad

Mashed chickpea salad

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Great in a sandwich or wrap or just eaten straight from a bowl, this is a giant winner. A few minutes of chopping, half a minute of mashing, ten seconds of stirring and boom. You’re done.Apple, White Cheddar and Spinach Salad

Apple, white cheddar & spinach salad

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Somehow this manages to taste super-indulgent and super healthy at the same time. Literally 5 minutes is enough to throw this together. Try adding a handful a canned chickpeas for an extra shot of protein. (Chickpeas are like a secret superpower for filling lunches)Miso Sweet Potato and Broccoli Bowl

Miso sweet potato & broccoli bowl

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So easy, so tasty. If you want to make it even faster you can just buy a jar of miso dressing. Whether you buy it or make the dressing, it’s worth keeping a container in your fridge since it’s good on everything from salad to noodles for instant last-minute lunches.Bento box anything

Bento box anything

Okay, this isn’t a recipe, it’s more a way of life. Packing a bento box for yourself the night before work is like making your future self a present. It’s really simple, and while it’s what’s inside that counts, having a great set of containers makes everything feel easy. It’s a great way to encourage yourself to think outside the box when it comes to lunch, ironically. Coldcuts here, precut carrots there, spoonfuls of hummus in this adorable little segment, handful of cashews in this one…just try it.

Bonus round: healthy snacks for the office

Don’t let anyone tell you that snacking is bad for you. Done right, it can boost your energy levels, fend off a blood sugar crash and even keep you motivated in the middle of a tough project. Eating smaller amounts throughout the day is the best way to keep yourself on an even keel. It’s too easy to reach for an office donut, leftover birthday cake or yet another candy bar, but you know they’re going to leave you worse off in the end. Here are our two favorite snacking groups for productivity:

Protein boost:

At 3pm, simple carbs and sugars are just going to get you wired and then send you to sleep. Instead, head for a handful of nuts, a hard boiled egg or even a delicious and protein heavy hearty stick of jerky. If you must indulge your sweet-tooth, try something like these delicious nut bars.

Complex carbohydrates:

For slow-release energy, there is totally such a thing as “good carbs.” Oats are a great example, whether you’re going for an old-fashioned bowl of hearty oatmeal or a classic granola bar. Kale chips are a bit of a trend right now: surprisingly delicious and packed with nutrients. This spinach and kale corn chip variation would be a great alternative to tortilla chips, especially paired with a simple fresh salsa. That old standby, popcorn, is another excellent source of energy.

Good food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and it’s not just for weekends and holidays. There’s no reason to deprive yourself while you’re at work! This week, stride into the breakroom with pride and sit down to some beautiful, healthy homemade meals. I hope these snacking tips and easy lunch ideas for work will leave you feeling indulged, satisfied, nourished and ready to take on the rest of your day!

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