Every single day literally millions of people pack together some food to eat on their only real break of the working day. That 8-or-more-hour slog is brightened, for many, by the one hour or 30 minute ray of sunshine during which they get to indulge their taste senses in a meal that’s designed to get them through the rest of the day. It’s the time when they get to sit outside, feel the sun on their faces and take a breath of fresh air.
But what do most people eat at this point?
Boring sandwiches or crap salads.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Lunch hour, whether you work or not, can be a beautiful oasis of calm and taste in a day full of hard work. Your lunch can be a symphony of freshness, full of goodness, vitamins, minerals and energy. It can be a beautiful thing!
Putting together a great lunch that’s also portable and will stay fresh over a few hours is an art form; doing this without meat, fish, eggs or dairy, even more so. But it’s also an opportunity; an opportunity not just to enjoy a plethora of flavours and textures in your solitary hour free, but to empower yourself with good foods and quality nutrients to make the rest of your day a joy!
Banish those soggy white sandwiches and sad salads with these lunchtime tips and tricks!:
- The simplest way to enjoy a delicious lunch is to enjoy the previous night’s leftovers. Make twice as much as you think you will eat, and have plenty left for lunch!
- In the winter time, make a large batch of soup. In the summer, cold soups can be great too!
- Grains topped with fresh vegetables make very nutritious salads; try quinoa, couscous, barley or brown rice with fresh veggies and a simple dressing.
- Stir fries and curries keep particularly well overnight!
- Sushi is relatively easy to make, and can be quick too; just make the rice the previous night then freshen it up with extra rice vinegar in the morning. Be sure not to keep it in the fridge at work; the cold dries out the rice.
- Adding a squeeze of lemon or lime to salads will freshen them up when it’s finally time to eat them!
- Replace sandwiches with wraps; easier to transport and more fun to eat
- Lunch can be as easy as a tub of home made hummus, a carton of home-made guacamole and some bread and chopped vegetables to dip in them.
- Salads can be as simple as a handful of spinach and lettuce leaves and a mix of beans with a simple dressing – and the beans make it full of protein too!
- Don’t forget to pack yourself a healthy treat a couple of times a week!
Once your lunch time dish takes on a new life, so will you! With a stomach full of goodness you’ll have time to feel the sun on your face, take a breath of fresh air and really appreciate your hour off. Below are a few suggestions to you started.
Happy eating, herbies!
- Brown rice burritos
- South American quinoa salad
- Mediterranean chickpeas
- Beet soup
- Quinoa stir fry with kale, chili and nuts
@2014 Hillary Sapulveda