Lunch Ideas That Put Nutrition First

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“Health is wealth,” and eating right is absolutely essential to your health. While you may grab a simple, nutritious breakfast every morning and take the time to make a delicious and healthy dinner, lunch often gets lost somewhere in the middle. 

It’s easy to pop out of the office and go grab some takeout, but that’s not always the most nutritious option. Whether you work from home, at the office, or anywhere in between, you deserve a delicious, healthy, and easy lunch.


Here are four easy ideas – two with meat and two vegetarian options – to make your lunch nutritious!

Simple Turkey Wrap

Simple turkey wrap
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Who doesn’t like a wrap? If the answer is you, then skip down to the next recipe. But if you do like this healthy sandwich alternative, this simple turkey wrap is nutritious and affordable. 

Ingredients:

  • tortilla (preferably whole grain)
  • turkey breast
  • lettuce
  • shredded carrots
  • shredded cheese
  • sliced tomatoes
  • light mayo or veggie cream cheese spread

Spread your mayo or veggie cream cheese spread on the tortilla first, and then add the rest of the ingredients. Voila! You have a delicious, filling wrap ready for lunch. We recommend going heavy on the lettuce, carrots, and tomatoes, and lighter on the cheese and turkey. 

Cranberry Turkey Salad

Cranberry Turkey Salad
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Okay, we definitely love turkey. It’s such a lean meat that there’s no reason not to have it for lunch more than once a week. Remember to keep this recipe in mind around Thanksgiving time – it’s a great way to use up leftovers! 

Ingredients:

  • spinach salad or baby spring mix
  • arugula
  • cooked and chopped turkey breast
  • gorgonzola crumbles
  • cranberries
  • walnut halves
  • balsamic vinaigrette

Putting a salad together is easy – the hard part is making sure you have all the right (fresh) ingredients so that the flavors complement each other. 

Once you have all these ingredients, combine them, then dress with the balsamic vinaigrette on top. There you go! You have a delicious, easy lunch that’s good for your health.

Veggie Hummus Wrap

Veggie Hummus Wrap
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If the flavors of the Mediterranean get your palate going, then this one’s for you. Combine the following ingredients for a delicious vegetarian lunch option. 

  • tortilla (preferably whole grain)
  • hummus
  • shredded salad greens
  • sliced cucumber
  • shredded carrots
  • sliced olives
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • chopped onions

Spread your hummus on the tortilla, then add the other ingredients to taste. This veggie wrap is super easy and good for you!

Chickpea Noodle Soup

Chickpea Soup

It’s easy to make pasta vegetarian. You can trade in your traditional chicken noodle soup for this chickpea option, which takes a little more preparation, but will help you fight that cold office air conditioning or winter weather! 

  • cooked chickpeas
  • whole grain pasta
  • sliced celery
  • coined carrots
  • salt
  • turmeric
  • bay leaf
  • parsley
  • vegetable broth

You can get all the details from Cookie + Kate, but if you’re in a rush, you should combine all the ingredients and simmer until the pasta is tender, which will usually be about 10-20 minutes. 

Take Care of Yourself

Whether you’re a busy person with a lot on your plate, or you just don’t like cooking and want it over with as soon as possible, you deserve delicious, healthy meals. Take the time to plan lunches that are nutritious so you can take care of yourself even in the middle of a busy day. 

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