Healthy Lunches to Bring to Work
Pack-and-go (and save!)
Trying to save your pennies? A sandwich and a drink will cost you almost $10—and that's on the cheap side. Instead, pocket the money and enjoy our healthy and delicious updates to your lunch favorites. These recipes are good for you and your wallet.
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This French-inspired wrap packs plenty of flavor but is a leaner and meaner version of your deli favorite.
• Cabbage and plum tomatoes are antioxidant-rich
• Carrots provide a full day's worth of cancer-reducing vitamin A
• Boursin brings a creamy texture and dash of garlic and parsley
• Turkey adds lean, filling protein and a savory taste
A side or fresh raspberries or blueberries will polish off this nutrient-rich meal.
Try this recipe:Turkey-Boursin Wrap
Salmon salad with dill vinaigrette
The perfect combination of protein, good fats, and phytonutrients, in a tangy and earthy dressing.
• Get omega-3 fatty acids through salmon—they not only prevent heart disease but also boost memory
• Cucumbers contain silica, which helps your complexion
• Antioxidant-rich red bell peppers are also high in fiber and folic acid
Try this recipe:Salmon Salad With Dill Vinaigrette
Barley and black bean salad
Does your stomach grumble every day at 4 p.m. on the dot? The combination of whole grains and protein in this salad will keep your energy up throughout the afternoon.
• Spice up choleterol-lowering barley with a delicious combination of lemon juice, Monterey Jack cheese, and cilantro
• Black beans are chock-full of protein and antioxidants
• Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is believed to fight cancer
• Add a dash of red pepper flakes to give it a zesty kick—and possibly boost your metabolism
Try this recipe:Barley and Black Bean Salad
Mediterranean shrimp and pasta
Give your pasta a health makeover with this simple make-before recipe.
• Shrimp provides lean, low-fat protein
• Tomatoes give you a boost of antioxidants
• Accent with capers, olives, and feta cheese to get a Mediterranean flavor for under 500 calories
• Get a healthy dose of immunity-boosting garlic (just be sure to pop a mint before your afternoon meeting)
Try this recipe:Mediterranean Shrimp and Pasta
Red pepper, goat cheese, and fresh mint wraps
Throw this wrap together in 10 minutes, right before you jet out the door.
• Goat cheese is lower in fat that other popular cheeses, and it creates a rich and somewhat tangy base for the smoky roasted red peppers
• Red peppers are high in beta carotene, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
• Increase the fiber by switching out the spinach tortillas for whole wheat
Pair it with a tart Granny Smith apple and you have a delicious, nutritious lunch.
Try this recipe:Red Pepper, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Mint Wraps
Hoisin-mango chicken sandwich
On the way home from work, stop by the deli and grab some roasted chicken to make this tropical-flavored sandwich.
• Mango adds a dose of iron, plus a sweet and juicy taste
• Red onion may reduce blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol
• Hoisin sauce kicks up the heat without packing on unwanted calories
This sandwich is a little light on veggies, so pack a mixed-greens salad to sneak in a few leafy greens.
Try this recipe:Hoisin-Mango Chicken Sandwich