Lunchtime at work can get boring and mundane. The same old PB&J sandwiches, microwavable gas station burrito, and the potato chips from the vending machine in the lobby. Add to that yesterday’s discounted pastry, and you’re on your way to Cardiac-Havoc Haven and Diabetes Central.
1) Turkey Chili
The perfect dinners are the ones that still taste delicious as leftovers, and turkey chili takes the number one spot on this list. Ground turkey is high in protein, copper, and zinc. Loading the chili with vitamin A and C-rich vegetables like squash and bell peppers, then adding some cilantro makes for a super-healthy and tasty lunch.
2) Chicken Salad Wrap
Trade in the high-calorie slices of bread for a lower calorie, whole-wheat pita sleeve and stuff it with a healthy, delicious chicken salad. Chicken is high in protein, copper, and zinc. Use hummus in place of mayo, and mix some zinc-rich pumpkin and squash seeds in. Add spinach, which is an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and zinc, and throw in some sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and alfalfa sprouts.
3) The Green Smoothie
Try this if you work in a place where you can keep a small blender in the break room. Throw in some copper-rich foods like kale, avocado, and seeds; add some vitamin-loaded spinach; some blueberries and Greek yogurt. This is a healthy, energy-boosting smoothie. Pre-pack smoothie packages with the ingredients and freeze. Any time you want a smoothie, just pull a package out of the freezer, add yogurt, water or almond milk and blend.
4) The Brown Bag AB&J
If you loved your PB&J’s, then the almond butter and jelly sandwich should do the trick. Pair with watermelon, which is rich in vitamin A and C, and some cashews which are high in copper to snack on.
In the fast-paced and high-stressed world we live in, throwing together a homemade lunch may be an inconvenience that is too time-consuming. Making the effort to put a healthy lunch together can make all the difference between quality health and a great tasting, much anticipated lunch date with yourself.
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