Vegetable spaghetti, courgetti, zoodles…it’s all the rage at the movement! The new food trend of eating pasta shaped vegetables has arrived and luckily it is here to stay. It’s a fantastic light alternative to traditional pasta that is normally high in complex carbohydrates, making it a fast but healthy lunch option for people on most diet plans or nutrition programs. It is my absolute staple in the list of my healthy recipes as it can be adjusted to any mood, cuisine and diet plan. Many people use spiralizer to create their veggie pasta, but let me tell you secret and save you some money too: I don’t own a spiralizer, instead I just use a Julienne peeler that costs no more than £5 and does the job quicker! Also, don’t confine yourself to a monotonous weekly courgette spaghetti only (mono-diets are a sure way to find yourself bingeing on junk foods) – in this recipe I will show you how to create the most amazing medley of veggie spaghetti using whatever is in the fridge!
Sometimes there is plenty of food left in the fridge that was cooked the night before for a hearty dinner. In my opinion, leftover dinner food makes the most perfect next day healthy lunch! And the beauty of it is that it can be assembled in 3 minutes without needing to cook anything at all. This salad is something that I have at least once per week- I always seem to have a left over baked aubergine in the fridge and I always pre-cook a batch of eggs for healthy snacks after the gym session or a quick breakfast on the go. And a creamy green salad, in my opinion, is the best base for most healthy salads – the trick is in the dressing and it is completely in line with healthy lunch recipes that won’t compromise your health goals during the week.
Waldorf is the absolute ultimate luxurious salad but the original Waldorf version is way too rich in saturated fat and unnecessary extras that are not exactly compatible with healthy lunch recipes throughout the week. I have created the healthy version of the classic and I think it is even better tasting than its original version! There is something very comforting about a good creamy chicken salad that is always a winner come lunch hour. My version is very easy to assemble and can be done with a shop bought roast chicken. Chicken is a great source of lean protein and apples are a fantastic source of good old Vitamin C. Addition of walnuts and yoghurt makes the fat profile of this dish great for anyone looking after their clean eating and diet in general.
Most things taste better with aromatic garlic and this dish is not exception. Eating vegetables all the time can get a bit boring, so my suggestion to my clients is always to include a variety of spices and herbs to make the usual veggies more interesting and tasty. Seafood and garlic are really good friends in general, and both are considered to be super foods: prawns are an excellent food to include if you are on a low carb diet as prawns are fairly low in fat, high in protein, zinc and vitamin B12 which makes them a great food for people on vegetarian diets. Garlic is a well-known superfood that has a very potent anti- inflammatory and anti- bacterial properties so don’t hold back!
This salad is a fantastic healthy lunch recipe if you are experimenting with vegan diet or want to increase levels of plant proteins and turn your eating habits into a balanced diet. Quinoa is a superfood due to its high levels of protein and good fats. It is an ancient seed brimming with B vitamins, Magnesium, Iron and fibre. It is a great idea to include it in your regular repertoire of healthy meals as it is very easy to cook and it goes with most vegetables, grains and herbs. Quinoa has a very mild texture which makes it a great companion to a super crunchy vegetable like carrot.
This is the world’s easiest healthy lunch recipe: you really don’t need to cook anything for this dish as most of these ingredients can be shop bought if you are eating your lunch at work. Alternatively, all of the ingredients can be prepared in bulk at home so that all is left to do is to assemble them on your plate. Poached salmon is a fantastic source of healthy protein and Omega 3 essential fatty acids that our bodies need to maintain maximum levels of health and well being. Adding a sweet fruit to salmon offsets its natural richness and saltiness. Adding a healthy green vegetable, well, its just the right thing to do no matter what diet plan or nutrition program you are on!
If you love to eat a classic sandwich for lunch then make it a healthy one! This healthy lunch recipe is a complete winner if you have a little bit of time on the weekend or want to treat your family or friends to something that everyone would like – a healthy bagel! This version of lunch bagel is loaded with healthy lean protein and vegetables, is low in calories and full of flavour! Skip the fries or chips and go for chilli green beans instead – I assure you everyone will love them because they don’t taste like beans at all!
A good salad is everybody’s favourite lunch option, and this healthy lunch recipe is for those who want to keep an eye on their calorie intake through out the week without compromising on their protein intake which is essential for keeping muscles smooth and strong (which in turns keeps your metabolic rate very high). The salad’s ingredients are easy to buy individually, so even if you don’t have time during the week to grill bacon and chicken and boil your eggs, these days you can buy this salad’s healthy ingredients ready prepared. All you have to do is assemble in a salad bowl and quickly wrestle up the most delicious salad dressing!
Although Tabbouleh is traditionally served as a side dish or as a part of meze, I suggest making it your main healthy lunch dish with an addition of some healthy extras. Fresh, zingy, textured and colourful it makes most boring lunches come alive! This is a fantastic healthy lunch recipe using quinoa instead of traditional cracked wheat so it will be perfect for people followinggluten-free diet plan. Quinoa will also add a great deal of vegan protein to the dish, which will make you feel fuller for longer.
This is a quick way to get a really substantial and healthy mid-week lunch that will not leave you feeling hungry like a lot of salads do: this salad is packed with protein, healthy Omega 3 fats, crunchy vegetables and healthy greens. What more could you ask for in a quick and healthy salad recipe? The good thing is that there is absolutely no cooking involved, all ingredients can be bought way in advance, so all you have to do is get out a big salad bowl and start assembling.