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Simple Alternatives for a Healthier Lunch

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Believe it or not, sandwiches are not a healthy source of calories. Many of them are loaded with high-fat condiments, processed meats, breads, and dairy that can significantly impact your heart and weight. Finding alternatives to your favorite lunch and especially sandwiches is a good way to maintain your weight and ultimately improve your health.

The following are five simple alternatives to try for a healthier lunch:

Lettuce Wraps

Instead of bread, switch it for romaine lettuce wraps with hummus, extra vegetables, and fruits such as avocado and cucumbers. You don’t need processed meats or cheeses to make wraps enjoyable. In fact, the less of these foods you consume, the better, as they are traditionally high in sodium.

Buddha Bowls

If you don’t like the idea of lettuce wraps but love most of what goes inside of it, then opt for a buddha bowl. Buddha bowls start with a base of brown rice or beans then are topped full of vegetables and herbs. Try your own Buddha bowl with a base of cooked chick peas and raw spinach, and top it with your favorite fruits and vegetables such as bell peppers, corn, avocado, and grape tomatoes. You can even make a simple sauce to go onto with a teaspoon of tahini and lemon juice.

Lentil Soup

Vegetable soups with broth bases are traditionally healthy choices to go for. Lentil soup is particularly important because lentils can lower cholesterol and prevent you from developing type two diabetes. As a soup, lentils are so delicious that you’ll want to eat more of them.

Chickpea Salad

Ditch the classic salad sandwich and make your own plant-based alternative using chickpea and almond slivers. Chicken salad sandwiches are commonly mislabeled as healthy but are traditionally high in fats and salts. Meaning making your own is essential if you want to enjoy this meal without any of the health consequences.

Sweet Potato Veggie Burger

Another meal that Americans commonly consume during lunch includes a beef hamburger. Unfortunately, many of the restaurants that serve hamburgers are not trying to watch your calorie intake. In fact, one whopper for Mcdonald’s with cheese is seven hundred and ninety calories. Meaning just one meal can take up nearly all your calories for the day. A great alternative to the classic hamburger is a veggie burger wrapped in lettuce. Top it with mustard and your favorite vegetables such as onion and tomatoes to increase their nutrients. Veggie burgers are made from black beans, have fewer calories, and are just as tasty as regular burgers.

Many alternatives to lunch don’t involve a sandwich or a boring and bland salad. Instead, take the time to experiment with different vegetables and other plant-based proteins to create soups, salads, and power bowls that give you the energy you need to finish your day. Not only that, these options can be easily made before you leave for work so you can avoid fast food lines or other excuses that lead to poor choices during lunchtime.

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Simple Alternatives for a Healthier Lunch


    • Dominique

      We make different bowls for dinner (I am personally allergic to fish) . So we may have veggie and rice bowls or chicken. I love the concept!

  • Kebba Buckley Button

    Dominique, I love all the ingredients and combinations above — except I don’t put mustard on veggie burgers. I love vegetables and love patties made of whatever vegetables. Today I had my homemade lentil soup for lunch!
    Then Romaine salad for dinner– so energizing. I love the advice you give, and people will love the way they feel if they will just lean toward your recommendations. Maybe they’ll even adopt more as time goes on, and they realize how good they feel. One life, one body.

    • Dominique

      NO mustard? I like both mustard and ketchup on any burger LOL

      My husband is doing a challenge called 75strong. So we are aggressively trying to follow the tips in my posts hoping that it becomes second nature. It is so easy to fall off track! Thank you –I am glad you enjoyed it!

  • Martha

    What great suggestions. I prefer lettuce to bread, it’s filling but doesn’t give me that over full feeling. I usually use tuna, salmon or egg salad on lettuce.

    • Dominique

      Lettuce is fine but a good piece of bread is great! LOL

      We really have cut down on our bread consumption in our family. I think w only have tortillas and no bread at all. Have a lovely weekend!

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