Most of us don’t have a lot of extra time to put together a healthy lunch before work, so it’s important to set yourself up with convenient options. Too often, the convenient options are the unhealthy options. You can change this by taking a few minutes each week to prepare your food so that you can make a healthy lunch in minutes. Who doesn’t love saving time?
Tip: Create your own “salad bar” for the week.
Your shopping list:
Pre-washed bag of spinach or mixed greens (you may need 2 bags depending on the size)
Mini pearl tomatoes (organic is always best)
2 bell peppers
Trader Joe’s beets (found in the refrigerated produce section)
Trader Joe’s steamed lentils(also found in the refrigerated produce section)
1 can of artichoke hearts (in water)
Low sodium turkey breast, sliced
1 tub of crumbled goat cheese (a little goes a long way)
Low fat or fat free dressing of your choice (be sure to check the sugar count in fat free varietals)
*Feel free to toss in more of veggies of your choice*
When you get home from the store, slice up the peppers, beets and artichoke hearts and store them in separate Tupperware containers. Wash & dry the tomatoes so that they’re ready to use.
By completing these simple steps in advance you’ll be able to prepare a healthy lunch in minutes. Just toss the ingredients into a bowl, sprinkle with goat cheese, top with a slice or two of turkey, and a splash of dressing and you’re ready to go!