Healthy Lunch Ideas for Weight Loss

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Healthy Lunch Ideas

Would you like some healthy lunch ideas for weight loss? Whether you work at a job or are at home when lunchtime rolls around, you probably want something fast and easy. You want it to be light enough that you aren’t tired in the early afternoon. Here are some tips and recipe ideas.

10 Tips

[1] Plan on mostly eating lunches that you prepare at home and then either eat there or take to work or wherever you will be at lunch time. This way, you will have better portion control, will more easily avoid preservatives, and know you will be getting something you like to eat!

[2] If you do eat out sometimes, keep a strong plastic bag in your purse or pocket–I like the kind you can zip across–so that you can easily take leftovers with you without making a big deal about asking for a container. Then eat slowly, so you will be more likely to notice when you have had enough. Eating slowly while carrying on lively conversation with friends can be done, but it may take you a while to get the hang of it.

[3] Usually prepare your lunches the night before at home, so you don’t run out of time in the morning. Of course, you may want to add some lettuce in the morning since it could be pretty wilted if you added it to other foods the night before!

[4] Stay ahead on your grocery shopping, so you have healthy snacks and ingredients on hand.  Packaged string cheese is low-fat, for example.

[5] Have a salad for lunch, with some lean meat or hard-boiled eggs added for protein. This is my favorite lunch, day in and day out.

[6] What about leftovers from last night? Maybe in a pita pocket bread.

[7] Consider healthy smoothies for lunch.

[8] Good ol’ low-fat cottage cheese can be the basis of a lot of quick meals.

[9] So can hard-boiled eggs.

[1o] Avoid much in the way of carbs at lunch, if they make you more tired at all.

And Some Recipes

This tabouli salad is just one of a lot of quick lunch recipes at the site listed in the link at the end of the quote. I have no idea what Lebanese style bread is but you can do without any bread when you have tabouli, because it has plenty of wheat in it. This is great for lunches because it keeps well for a few days in the fridge. It’s good for brown bag lunches where you don’t have a fridge to put it in during the morning, too.

You can take any recipe like this and simplify it easily. For example, you do need the bulgur wheat and the tomatoes in the following recipe, but in my experience with making tabouli you could substitute what you had on hand for the other things: vinegar instead of lemon juice, skipping the parsley, mint, or onion if you didn’t have them or care for them. Olive oil is one of the healthiest, and the main one I use, but you could use another kind. for a more low calorie version, you could try half oil and half water. I highly recommend you should visit The Military Diet, they explain very clearly What Is the Portion Control Skinny Diet Plan, and how you can combine this diet with 3 day military diet plan

 

Tabouli salad

healthy lunch Ideas

Serves 4

2 large tomatoes, finely chopped

1/2 cup cracked wheat (bulgur)

1/4 cup lemon juice

4 cups fresh parsley, chopped

1 cup fresh mint, chopped

1 small red onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

“Place tomato, wheat, lemon juice in a bowl, and stand for 30 minutes, or until the wheat has softened.

Add the rest of the ingredients, and toss to combine.

Serve with plain yoghurt and lebanese style bread.”

Click on the link to check out the other recipes. (By the way, I only link to sites I like, and this one had quite a few other interesting weight loss articles.)

Here’s another group of recipe ideas, quick and easy. Click through to see the rest of the week, By the way, this is from a British site and over there they say courgette where we Americans say zuccini.

 

Monday

Spicy chicken and roasted vegetable tortilla wrap

The night before: pop chopped courgette, pepper, mushrooms and strips of chicken breast into a roasting tin.

Lightly brush with olive oil, paprika and ground chilli and put in the oven on a low heat until the chicken is well cooked and veg is tender.

In the morning: pack into a plastic container and take to work with a tortilla wrap and a handful of ready-washed salad leaves.

For just-made freshness, assemble your wrap at lunchtime.

Tuesday

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Couscous mixed with chopped vegetables and fresh herbs

Low-fat yogurt

Couscous is as versatile as pasta and takes just five minutes to cook.

“Try it with a variety of raw or cooked vegetables, chopped avocado, walnuts or beans and stir in plenty of fresh herbs.”

So I hope these healthy lunch ideas for weight loss give you some great meals!

Healthy Lunch Ideas for Weight Loss
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