For me, my ability to stay healthy during the week is directly proportional to putting in effort to prepare myself for the week. This usually happens on Sundays – Sunday Preparation – But sometimes it’s Monday after work or even Saturday. And it doesn’t have to mean taking tons of time and spending a fortune at Whole Foods, it just means doing a little planning.
Over the years I’ve adjusted my diet, tried different ways of eating, and shifted my time tables, all with the goal of finding a way of eating that works best for me. That gives me energy, makes my body feel good, and results in better sleeping patterns.
A key part of those habits are having a healthy lunch that’s nutritious and filing, without leaving me lethargic. Lunch is my largest meal of the deal and I always try to cram as much nutrient-dense, vitamin-packed produce into it as possible. Here are a few of my favorite healthy lunches for long days at the office:
Protein Smoothies – Spinach or kale, raw, vegan, gluten-free protein powder, lemon, ginger, sweet potato, and cinnamon is my go-to combination.
Stir Fry – A veggie & protein filled stir fry over brown rice, quinoa, or even veggie pasta is a filling, but light and delicious choice.
Crackling Cauliflower – I’m a HUGE fan of cauliflower and this is one of my favorite dishes to make over and over again.
Energy Bites – These little gems are great for a number of reasons. Not only are they the perfect portable snack/dessert, they’re also easy to make & versatile. Just add whatever ingredients you have on hand!
Bonus – All of these are low-maintenance, easy to throw together meals. You can make them in advance and reheat or prep the smoothie and stick it in the freezer!
Do YOU have a favorite healthy lunch for busy days?
Want more tips? Check out my recent How To Stay Healthy At Work post!