Love lunch again with our lunchspiration!

Do you find yourself eating the same lunch over and over again? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there and done it! Whether it’s due to the ease and convenience of buying a pre-prepared sarnie, or down to the need for quick, on-the-go food – lunchtimes are often put on the back burner.

Here at WeAreTheCity, we’d like to put lunch back on the menu. It is an important part in the working day, offering that much needed break away from the everyday stresses. Lunch is also about making sure you’re refuelled effectively so you can make the most of your day. So drop those soggy sandwiches and fattening snacks, we’ve got a line-up of easy, healthy lunches to help you avoid that mid-afternoon slump.

baked-potato foodJacket Potatoes

The simple jacket is perhaps the most versatile of lunches! Pop into the microwave for around 10 minutes and then add whatever toppings you like. Our favourite toppings are cottage cheese and chives, or tuna sweetcorn. However, there is no end to the things you can put on your potato – such as leftover chilli con carne.

To make it even healthier, try swapping your normal potato for the sweet variety!

sandwich-foodSandwiches

Put down that bland cheese and pickle sandwich and start treating your lunch with the love it deserves. Try different toppings such as pulled pork, leftover chicken or ham and add lettuce, tomatoes or coleslaw for a truly special lunchtime treat.

You don’t have to stick to traditional white sliced bread either. There are so many options out there to keep your lunch refreshed and to stop you from getting bored. Think bagels, wraps, English muffins or pitta breads.

salad-foodSalad

Yes, yes, these will require some slight preparation in advance, but think how much better it will taste come noon! Build your perfect salad by following the checklist below:

Pick a base – think green!

Add some crunch – carrots, peppers or nuts will do the trick

Add a bit more bite – anything that adds more flavour like tomatoes

salad-foodAdd protein – fish, chicken or egg will give you that kick to keep you going till dinnertime

Add an optional dressing – but remember some shop-bought dressings can be high in calories.

Pasta….or rice, couscous and quinoa

Here is where you can be either really lazy or proactive with your lunch. Why not refrigerate leftover pasta bake, or a rice dish from the night before and eat for lunch the next day?

almonds-foodYou can also make a salad more interesting by adding in pasta, couscous or the latest health food – quinoa!

Snack, snack, snack!

Lunchtime snacking doesn’t have to be crisps and chocolate. As nice as they taste, they won’t help with the afternoon slump. Swap these for nuts, vegetable and hummus, fruit or yoghurt. If you fancy showing off your baking skills, why not rustle up a batch of healthy flapjacks!

Alison Simpson
About the author

Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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