Top 5 simple and healthy lunch ideas

In this busy modern world it can be hard to find the time to ensure you eat a healthy lunch.

Grabbing food on the go, such as a supermarket meal deal or takeaway or even skipping lunch altogether is a common occurrence.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

All of these recipes are high in protein, fibre and healthy fats as well as being nutrient dense.

This means they will leave you full and energised for the afternoon.

They are also super cheap and quick to prepare.

All it requires is to set aside 10 minutes, such as on a Sunday night, to prep and bake the base ingredients for a weeks worth of lunches.

Shopping list:

  • 5 medium sweet potatoes or white potatoes
  • At least 2-3 vegetables of your choice such as peppers, courgette, broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, onions and garlic
  • 1 x lemon
  • 1 x avocado
  • 1 x can of chickpeas
  • 1 x can of black beans
  • 1 x can of puy lentils
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • Hummus
  • Dijon mustard

Method for all:

The base ingredients are going to be sweet potatoes and any vegetables of your choice.

Sweet potatoes are incredibly healthy, tasty and versatile

We are going to roast them as roasting really brings out their flavour.

Begin by putting 5 medium sized sweet potatoes on a baking tray and season with salt and pepper.

Chop the vegetables and put them on a separate baking tray.

Preheat the oven and cook for about 45 minutes at 180 degrees fahrenheit. 

The base ingredients will last for a week in the fridge. All you have to do is add a few additional ingredients to have a different lunch every day! Some examples are below;

Hummus and roast vegetables

  • 1 x baked white or sweet potato
  • 1 x handful of roasted vegetables
  • 1 tbsp of sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • Squeeze of lemon juice

Mashed avocado and roast vegetables 

  • 1 x baked white or sweet potato
  • 1 x handfuls of roasted vegetables
  • 1/2 an avocado (mashed)
  • 1 tbsp of sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds
  • Squeeze of lemon juice

Chickpea and roast vegetables

  • 1 x baked white or sweet potato
  • 1 x handfuls of roasted vegetables
  • 1 x can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tbsp of sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds 
  • Squeeze of lemon juice

Black bean and roast vegetables

  • 1 x baked white or sweet potato
  • 1 x handfuls of roasted vegetables
  • 1 x can black beans (or any other bean of your choice)
  • 1 tsp mustard mixed with the beans
  • Squeeze of lemon juice

Mustard lentils and roast vegetables

  • 1 x baked white or sweet potato
  • 1 x handfuls of roasted vegetables
  • 1 x can puy lentils (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tsp mustard mixed with the lentils 
  • Squeeze of lemon juice

Plan and experiment

Eating better doesn’t just happen. 

It does take a conscious effort to plan your meals.

However, it doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time. 

Write down your shopping list and give this a try. 

You don’t have to use my fillings. Experiment with fillings and find what works for you!

If you have any comments or feedback, please leave a comment or contact me and I would be happy to help.

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