Feeling sandwiched at lunch? Want to branch out from ordering one daily? Here are some ideas to tantalize your taste buds, help you change it up and fill you up but not let you down by overdoing it! Each of these ideas includes food from at least 3 food groups with a extra dose of veggies that adds taste and crunch, plus helps fill you up to catapult you into your afternoon feeling energized!
These choices help steer you away from deep fried choices, mayo galore and salty/sugary sauces and dressing.
You may have a hankering for a snack in the afternoon, so reach for some fresh fruit as your first line of snacking defence. Check these out:
Go East, FAR East – Try Japanese chicken or beef teriyaki that gets made when you order it asking them to limit the soya sauce over plain rice. This custom lunch choice provides protein a few servings of veggies with grains. Great to enjoy over 2 workdays!
Don’t be a Geek & Try Greek – Try hummus and pita with a side Greek salad sprinkled with feta cheese.
Bella Italia – Choose a single pizza slice topped with veggies and single cheese with a mixed green salad on the side or minestrone soup containing beans and pasta in the broth.
Say Ole to Mexican – Check out the burrito. If the serving size is 12” cut it in half and save the other half for tomorrow or split it with a friend.
Belly Up to the Bar… The Salad Bar – On a bed of greens ensure a quarter of your plate is filled with protein choices, such as chic peas, kidney beans, lentils, nuts & seeds and hard-boiled egg. Not a lover of a bed of greens? Choose other veggies either fresh or vinaigrette choosing a rainbow of colours (tomato wedges, cucumber slices, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, coleslaw, 3 bean salad, Greek salad, carrot slaw). Add grain salads like quinoa or wheat berry to the other quarter of the plate. Use olive oil and balsamic to punch up the flavor. This combination fills you up and sustains you for the afternoon. If you don’t balance your plate out with enough protein and whole grains you’ll be hungry in an hour.
You Still Looking for a Man-wich wanting a sub? - Choose a 6” sub instead of the foot-long with veggies and cheese topped with a wide array of veggies.
While you’re at it, review Chapter 9 “Facing Routine Curveballs and Challenges”, and “Work Life” (eating) Balance for more ideas about lunch at work in my e-book, Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books.