Healthy Lunch & Snack Ideas?
ummmm healthy? i think i forgot what that was. lol. i let the kids talk me into buying cake and ice cream the other day then had some for breakfast today. sigh.
seriously though, i have been trying to eat lots of spinach salads. i loooove spinach salads. i use a creamy ceaser dressing but try not to add to much. i like to put little grape tomatoes in it and sometimes cucumber. yumm. one time i browned some burger and red beans and put that on the salad.
my go to snack is a sandwich. turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo. i put lots of greens on it. i have been hungry for greens mostly.
i am not sure what your def of healthy is though. mine is dominated by my food intolerance. so i eat lots of meat and potatoes. i have also gained about 10 lbs by 15 weeks. but it is all out front.
when it isnt snack time or meal time, i fill up on water, rrl and nettle leaf tea, chamomile tea or homemade lemonade.
i am trying to stick to eating more fat and less carbs. and add lots of dark greens.
My fav healthy snack is an apple cut up with ten whole grain crackers (really like the kashi ones) with about a TBSP of natural peanut butter on them and a half glass of milk. mmmm so yummy.
I also like to have cheese with a serving of fruit and a 1/2-1 oz of raw nuts (usually almonds)
I like bran muffins and raw nuts with milk too.
For lunch I usually have leftovers (spaghetti squash baked with homemade pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese is awesome as a left over paired with a green salad)
I do like to eat turkey and cheese sandwiches on whole grain bread with a cup or raw veggies and some dip, a piece of fruit and a glass of milk
Left over cold steak with a romaine lettuce or spinach and some Caesar dressing in a wrap with some fruit and milk
grilled cheese sandwich with whole grain bread, steamed veggies, fruit and milk
Left over chicken with cheese on whole grain bread with a salad
I eat lots of protein and limit my crabs, I don't like beans very much but am thinking of trying to make some chili (I had some that my sister made that was pretty good)
My sister loves to eat bean salads for lunch, she makes great salads with spinach, beans, nuts, some fruit and some kind of homemade dressing.
Oh also I love to eat 2 eggs soft boiled mashed in a bowl with a bit of butter, whole grain toast and a cup of tea and a piece of fruit (this is usually my breakfast but will have it for lunch sometimes)
Another yummy thing is chopped bacon and cabbage fried together in a pan, so yummy. I will sometimes throw an egg or 2 into that as well. You can have the bacon and cabbage as a side or as a main part of your meal but I like to have more protein with my meals.
Ok hope this helps. Looking forward to seeing what others post.
Leftovers are handy (shepherd's pie, meatloaf, ....)
Hard-boiled egg (maybe crumbled over a salad?)
Yogurt (greek yogurt has 14g of protein!!!)
Breakfast burrito (scrambled eggs, cheese, salsa)
Turkey dog and microwaved bake potato
....that's all I can think of at the moment
For healthy lunches, we have been going to the crock pot and making big batches of stews to freeze. Like we make apricot and chickpea tangeen, and had it over israeli couscous. Or red lentil dahl with rice or flatbread. Yummy with cucumber yogurt to garnish. Red and black bean chili is a hit with us, over rice or with cornbread. I just like stews and stuff for lunch because reheating is so convenient - it's all in one dish. Oh, recently we made green curry with tofu and butternut squash over rice - that was yummy, could easily add potato. (man, do I sound vegetarian yet or what? ) Oh, and it sounds so done, but plain yogurt with honey and granola is still delish in my book - multiple times a week! maybe with frozen berries?
For snacks, I'm in need of suggestions too. I am way to dependent on granola bars (the crunchy, no HCFC kind). String cheese is a good option. Always love a good apple....
We used to get our eggs from a market where I was comfortable eating the eggs raw and drop them into a smoothie, but now there's no where that I feel raises their chickens properly.
That being said, I was speaking with a co-worker who pointed out that liquid egg that you get in a carton has been pasturized so you can eat them straight from the carton. I haven't done so yet, but in theory that would make them safe for a smoothie. Frozen banana, some berries, yogurt, and egg and OJ would be totally high protein and deliciouso!
Oh my gosh-- if I wasn't already hungry before..... Great ideas ladies!!
Today we made chicken salad from last night's leftovers-- I really like it with apple pieces or grape halves in it and often with curry... we eat it straight out of the bowl, on rice cakes, over greens, or wrapped in a big piece of lettuce.
What else... green smoothies. I prefer them for lunch rather than breakfast, just because I'm usually SO HUNGRY when I wake up, a smoothie never sounds satisfying first thing. Yesterday I had a smoothie of banana, blueberries, hemp seed, goat milk, an orange, and lots of spinach leaves. DS gulped it down too.
Although I haven't been able to stomach grains or pasta lately, another favorite is homemade mac 'n cheese. Just a little butter, milk, and cheese and then throw in all kinds of things...veggies, meats, mmmm sausage, nuts, tomato sauce, basil...any or all-- it's so forgiving. You can also substitute brown rice or quinoa for the pasta-- delicious.
We're not eating a lot of wheat, but if you are (or have a good bread substitute) grilled cheese with tomato, basil, and garlic is awesome. This is a family fave-- my dad like's adding bacon to his :) I like spinach added to mine at the end so it wilts, and you could also add hemp seeds or nutritional yeast too.
Snacky lunches-- apples and cheese, avocado with garlic, yogurt with a bit of maple syrup and crushed almonds, a plate of nuts, cut veggies and cheese, popcorn loaded with spices and nutritional yeast (and butter, if you're me)
Hope the ideas keep coming!
ive written down most of these and put the list on my fridge. thank you ladies! i am pretty much stuck on the same three or four foods these days.
one of my favourites is an easy over egg on an elglish muffin with butter, chese, spinach and madras curry paste. its amazing.
ive mostly been eating cereal when i get hungry, or porridge which i make a big pot of and keep in the fridge to eat cold.
I eat granola bars, greek yogurt (I LOVE greek gods strawberry & honey with either cut up fruit or granola/granola cereal mixed in), lots of fresh fruit. I definitely need to get into fresh veggies (I love veggies, but they're just not doing much for me now a days lol). I try to eat salads with tomatoes and cucumbers, but I hate buying salad cause I have to throw so much of it away.
For lunch, I've been eating Amy's Bowls pesto tortellini, turkey sandwiches (i know deli meat is a no-no. I eat hormel natural choice with no nitrites/nitrates), Amy's Veggie Black bean soup.
That's probably about it right now. I'm not doing much better than you ;)
I've been addicted to cheese this whole pregnancy....and when I'm not preggo I HATE cheese.
I eat taco-sized soft tacos with fat free refried beans and shredded cheese slightly melted every day. YUM!
I also like dicing chicken breast tenderloins....tossing them in hot wing sauce....and putting it on top of a huge salad. I found some low cal honey dijon dressing. The combo of the spicy chicken and the cool dressing is yummy!
apples, grapes, strawberries, and homemade hot chocolate topped with marshmallows are big favs too.
greek yogurt with some healthy cereal mixed in is yummy too.
I am on huge greek yogurt kick, I will look for those next time I go. Thanks!
Ok, this isn't necessarily lunch, but I've been on a crepe kick lately. This recipe (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/basic-crepes/detail.aspx ....even better if you let the batter sit in the fridge and use it the next day, IMO) and filled with whatever fruit we have on hand: strawberries heated with honey; apples, brown sugar, and butter; bananas with brown sugar or maple syrup and butter)....DELISH!!
I am addicted to extra-sharp cheddar. Seriously. Like, maybe I should join a group... ;-) I am trying my best to eat more protein, but I'm still having a meat aversion and I can only eat so many beans and nuts! I pretty much snack all day--I love a handful of raw pecans (that my kids and I 'harvested' in November), a sliced up apple or handful of grapes, and, of course, a chunk of cheddar. I also like a small tortilla smeared with a bit of caesar salad dressing and filled with greens and whatever veggies we have on hand.
I'm making notes on everyone else's posts, though... some of these sound so yummy!