Easy & Healthy On-the-Go Lunch Options

blog-post_300x250_best-energyWe’ve all been guilty of grab-and-go lunches from big-name fast food chains at one time or another. And although we won’t judge you for this, we DO want to encourage you to make smart and healthy choices, even when you’re short on time. So the next time you’re needing a quick meal while out and about, choose one of these easy on-the-go lunch options - that are healthy too! Psst, we have a quick prep tip later, so stay tuned!
  1. Turkey and cheese roll ups. This protein packed lunch option makes eating on the go easy. Simply take a string cheese stick and wrap sliced turkey meat around the cheese. For a creamer option, spread low fat cream cheese on a slice of turkey and roll. Add cucumber or carrot slices for a crunchy dose of veggies.
  2. Salad shakers. You may have seen these on Pinterest, but if you haven’t, fill a mason jar with all your salad fixin’s starting with liquid items on bottom and move up to dry ingredients and lastly your leafy greens. When you’re ready to nosh, just give your jar a good shake to mix ingredients together. Visit this blog for lots of mason jar salad ideas and don’t forget to pack yourself a fork!
  3. Pita pouch. Instead of your traditional PB&J on wheat, try stuffing a whole wheat pita pocket with your favorite fresh ingredients. Try mixing avocadoes with a little lemon juice and pepper, add in mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, sliced onions, lettuce, and olives for a mediterranean delight. Or go for a chicken waldorf variation, mix finely chopped cooked chicken with low fat plain greek yogurt, chopped apples, walnuts, celery, and grapes. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Quinoa cakes. Cook quinoa according to directions. Mix minced garlic, cubed butternut squash, chopped kale and onions, 1 egg, and olive oil. Form into small 2” rounds and let rest in fridge for 30-40 minutes. Fry in a nonstick pan (using coconut oil or olive oil for frying) until outsides begin to brown, approximately 2 minutes (gently smash the cakes while cooking and flip over mid way through). Now you can throw these in a travel container for a quick on-the-go lunch.

Eating lunch on-the-go can be healthy, you just have to do a little planning and prepping ahead of time. These smart fitness conscious choices will pay off at the end of the day and you’ll feel so much happier and healthier!

Quick Prep Tip: spend 60 minutes on Sunday night prepping all your easy lunches for the week. Store in clear containers (or jars) for grab-n-go ease. Also, keep a bowl or box of non-perishable items such as nuts, crackers and fresh fruit like bananas, apples, or oranges that you can snag for your lunch box.

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