Fast food, drive throughs, instant food products, vending machine items - there are plenty of convenient options to keep yourself full while you're at work. The only problem is convenience doesn't equate to good health. If you stuff yourself with unhealthy foods everyday at work, you're going to be at risk of various health problems. If you watched the documentary Supersize Me, you know exactly what this means. Make your mid-day meal at work much healthier with these simple but delicious lunchbox ideas.
Beef, Orange, and Blue Cheese Sandwich
Combine baked lean steak, blue cheese, and oranges in a wheat bread sandwich. Marinate the lean steak the night before. In the morning, give it a quick cook inside the oven until it's brown and tender. The orange slice in the ensemble is what gives this sandwich a unique taste. It also gives out an appetizing smell that would definitely intrigue your co-workers.
Tomato, Arugula, and Pancetta Sandwich
Boost your lunch routine with a more exciting version of the classic BLT. Go for tomatoes with pale yellow skin with just a touch of pinkish-orange tone. Instead of the beef burger patty, put in pancetta, which is tasty Italian cured bacon that can be cooked inside the oven. This can save you from the annoying splattering from the stove top cooking. You can cook up to one day ahead to save time. To prevent the sandwich from becoming soggy, it would be best to pack the ingredients separately in zip-lock bags and just assemble the sandwich during lunchtime at work.
White Beans and Artichokes Salad
This vegetarian salad is always a good choice for someone who doesn't have all the time in the world to go through extensive meal preparation. Not to mention, it's loaded with protein and fiber as well as it gives off an incredible taste anyone would like. Combine white beans and artichokes on your favorite lettuce. Don't forget to add in some red grapes into the salad and bring crusty bread to pair up with.
Chicken Salad with Apples and Raisins
Another wonderful salad idea is the chicken salad with apples and raisins. Just mix the shredded baked chicken with apple slices and raisins and you're ready to go. You can spread it on whole-wheat bread as a sandwich or enjoy it with some whole-grain crackers. You'll find the tasty combination of apples and raisins unbelievably good.
A warm bowl of tomato soup is always nice and comforting. Don't go for the instant one and prepare it at home using fresh vegetables. Use plum tomatoes that bring out wondrous flavor for the soup. Use vegetables that are in season. Not only do they taste better, they are also a lot less expensive. Sprinkle some basil leaves to give it a minty taste and smell.
Lunch at work doesn't have to be unhealthy if you make use of these ideas. Be creative and resourceful. Try incorporating some of the leftovers from last night's healthy dinner into your lunch the next day.