Preparing Healthy Lunches

by diana on July 9, 2012

in All the other good stuff

Bringing a healthy lunch to work is hard enough but when you don’t have much time in the morning that is even more of a challenge.

Some days I am more prepared than others and some days my fridge is more stocked than other days. Even when I think I do not have anything good to take to work I seem to find things and put them together so that I have a delicious, healthy lunch to bring to work.

One morning I didn’t think I had anything good to bring to work but ended up putting something together so I took a couple of photos of what I had and what I did.

I tried to fit most of the things in this one picture. On the far left I have my homemade almond milk, then a bowl with blueberries and chia (starting to thicken), then a bowl of peas (frozen from freezer thawing in warm water), dehydrated  onion crackers I keep in the freezer (I made), behind the crackers is a container with some cut veggies (I often have a container with washed and chopped veggies in for salads, etc). I then added some greens from our garden and some cucumber.

I also soaked some Wakame seaweed (back right hand corner of pic) to add to my salad. Seaweed is high in minerals and trace minerals. It has the broadest range of minerals than any other food. It is high in calcium, iron, B-vitamins, vitamin K, magnesium, iodine and tryptophan. Another benefit is that it is high in protein and low in calories – really the perfect food!

I often add seaweeds to my salads as a way of getting added nutrients and I like the flavour and texture – although not for everyone.

Along with using wakame (which you must soak), I use Dulse. It comes in a bag – as in above. It is salty and does not need to be soaked. I just cut it with scissors or rip it with my hands.

My suggestion is start your day with a green smoothie or a veggie juice. Chia and berries for breakfast. A  salad for lunch.

I always have frozen fruit and peas in the freezer, seaweed and chia in the cupboard along with nuts and seeds which I often add to my salads. Raw crackers are so great because  they are often made of flax, veggies and seeds which are filling, full of fiber and nutrients. Top them with avocado, salt and pepper or add lettuce and tomato.

Often people think they cannot make a salad if they have no salad greens. During the winter and Spring, there were times when I did not have salad greens. I made some great salads with kale, spinach, cabbage and veggies. A salad that includes cabbage, carrots, kale and parsley is delicious and simple!! Great with a tahinni dressing.

I love a veggie salad full of bell peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, kale and seaweed with a tamari or Braggs (liquid aminos), ginger dressing.

A simple salad can contain cabbage, spinach, cucumber and sprouts. Add some avocado slices and a dressing of oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.

Use what you have in your fridge. Start pulling things out of fridge and freezer and you will find a way to combine them into something interesting and tasty!

Good luck and HEALTHY EATING!!


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