Millions of Americans purchase lunch from a vendor or restaurant during the work week, giving themselves big courage and smallish wallets. Making lunch at home puts you in control of exactly what you are eating and is easier than ordering the usual without the fattening ingredients.
Soup- Soup is one of the simplest lunches to make. Grab a large pot and add water or broth and vegetables. Meat, beans, and grains are optional and the sky is the limit to what you may create. Make a lot of it and eat it for lunch for the whole week, or freeze some of it for later. When you’re ready to have the soup, then take it out of the freezer and put it into the fridge the night before. Soup functions for hot summers, cold winters, and everything in between.
Peanut Butter and Honey- This is a much healthier version of peanut butter and jelly, a childhood favorite and a frequent comfort food for adults. Natural peanut butter comes without the partially hydrogenated oils and the sweetness of the honey imitates the additional sugars of jam. Whole grain bread finishes the perfect trio for an adult lunch that brings out the kid in everybody. High stress days do not match up to this indulgence of protein, fiber, and healthful fats. Add a banana, cocoa powder, or cinnamon for added flavor and benefits. Bananas are full of potassium, cocoa powder has antioxidants, and cinnamon is a calcium goldmine. We won’t tell mom you put chocolate in your sandwich!
Crackers, Hummus, and Vegetables- If you have a food processor, it is not tough to create your own hummus. Place garbanzo beans, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and also the optional tahini from the food processor and blend into a thin paste. Fresh hummus can’t be beat by store purchased in flavor nor price. Eat it with whole grain crackers or pita bread and vegetables such as celery, carrots, green pepper, or cucumber. Hummus supplies healthy fat, protein, fiber, and a sign of vitamin C from the lemon juice. Don’t go easy on the garlic; it is good for your heart.
Gorgonzola and Pear Flatbread- Pizza does not necessarily have to be bad for you. It all depends upon how you make it and what you put on it. Spread olive oil on a piece of flatbread and cover it with a thin layer of mozzarella cheese. Add grape tomato and pear slices and gorgonzola cheese. Wrap it in plastic wrap and then microwave it at lunchtime to melt the cheese. The sweet and salty flavors make this pizza taste like food from an expensive spa. Ham and pineapple is a great variation of this recipe, so you are never stuck with the very same ingredients.