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Energise Your Day: Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas for a Nutrient-Rich Break

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In the midst of our busy workdays, it's easy to succumb to the convenience of fast food or vending machine snacks, or just not eating (who else is guilty of this one?). However, investing a little time in planning and preparing a healthy packed lunch can have a profound impact on your overall wellbeing and productivity, not to mention a little more in your wallet as well. In this blog post, we'll explore a variety of nutritious and delicious packed lunch ideas to keep you fuelled and focused throughout the day.

1. Quinoa Salad with Veggies and Feta:

  • Cooked quinoa

  • Cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and bell peppers

  • Feta cheese

  • Olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs for dressing

2. Grilled Chicken Wrap:

  • Grilled chicken strips

  • Whole-grain tortilla

  • Hummus

  • Spinach leaves

  • Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers

3. Mason Jar Salad:

  • Layered salad in a mason jar (start with dressing, followed by sturdy veggies, proteins, and greens on top)

  • Options: chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, carrots, grilled chicken, mixed greens

  • Shake before eating for a perfectly dressed salad

4. Veggie and Hummus Bento Box:

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Sliced cucumber and bell peppers

  • Baby carrots

  • Hummus for dipping

  • Whole-grain crackers or pita bread

5. Quinoa and Black Bean Bowl:

  • Quinoa

  • Black beans

  • Avocado slices

  • Corn kernels

  • Salsa and lime

6. Greek Yoghurt Parfait:

  • Greek yoghurt

  • Mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

  • Granola

  • Drizzle of honey

7. Turkey and Avocado Wrap:

  • Sliced turkey breast

  • Whole-grain wrap

  • Avocado slices

  • Lettuce and tomato

  • Mustard or Greek yoghurt-based dressing

8. Sweet Potato and Chickpea Salad:

  • Roasted sweet potato cubes

  • Chickpeas

  • Spinach leaves

  • Feta cheese

  • Balsamic vinaigrette dressing

9. Caprese Skewers:

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Mozzarella balls

  • Fresh basil leaves

  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze

10. Salmon and Quinoa Bowl:

  • Baked or grilled salmon

  • Quinoa

  • Steamed broccoli and asparagus

  • Lemon-tahini dressing

Tips for Healthy Packed Lunches:

  1. Plan Ahead: Take some time each week to plan your lunches and prepare ingredients in advance.

  2. Balance Nutrients: Include a balance of lean proteins, whole grains, healthy fats, and a variety of colourful vegetables.

  3. Portion Control: Be mindful of portion sizes to avoid overeating. Use containers with compartments for easy portioning.

  4. Hydration: Don't forget to stay hydrated. Pack a reusable water bottle with your lunch.

  5. Variety is Key: Keep things interesting by rotating through different recipes to prevent lunchtime boredom.

  6. Eat often: eating often throughout the day is the best way to fuel your body, so make sure you pack morning tea and lunch. Or have a few handy snacks in your draw like nuts and dried fruit for a quick pick me up.

Fuelling your body with nutrient-rich, homemade lunches doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. These healthy packed lunch ideas offer a delightful combination of flavours and essential nutrients, ensuring that you power through your workday with energy and focus. Experiment with these recipes, customise them to your taste, and embrace the positive impact a nutritious packed lunch can have on your overall wellbeing. Your body and mind will thank you for the investment in healthier eating habits.

Just being prepared is key, I often will be packing my lunch for the following day whilst I am making or serving up dinner. If I am really prepared I may even bulk prepare and freeze some meals for those days when you have a lot on.



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