Eating healthy while at work has always been my goal for getting through the week. Planning meals ahead of time helps me stay on the healthy track and gives me the motivation and energy I need to make it to the gym. It also gives me good reason to allow myself to indulge a bit over the weekend. And that is always something to look forward to!
However, lunch time healthy food boredom has a tendency to creep up on me by the middle of the work week, and is usually very hard to fight off, until now.
I have been able to stay satisfied and eat healthy the past few weeks, by eating vegetable filled salads for lunch, and enjoying it!
I know, who would want to eat a salad for lunch everyday when you work downtown and have every delicious sandwich shop, pizzeria, and pub restaurant just mere minutes from your office?
Not only have I come up with the perfect salad formula that I am anxious to share with you, but the prep work and assembly of my lunches are extremely quick and so easy. And with an infant at home, quick and easy are necessities.
Every Sunday night after my grocery shop, I chop all my veggies at once and store them in tupperware for the week. When I pack my lunch the night before, all I do is throw the prepped ingredients into one container and throw it in the lunch box. Tell me that isn’t easy!
And the best part about making a salad for lunch is that you can add pretty much any ingredient into the mix and you have a completely new flavor and meal every day!
Go To Veggies.
I have my 3-4 go-to salad ingredients that I get every week. It keeps my salads full of my yummy favorites and makes my trip to the grocery store that much easier.
My Go-to Veggies are:
- Red Pepper
- And Lettuce of course. I don’t have a favorite, I like to go for a different variety of lettuce mixes each time to switch it up.
- I am really into avocado lately too!
Two Essential Salad Ingredients
My go-to items are all delicious and healthy, no doubt, but I have realized that there are 2 essentials that must be included in order to create a delicious and addictive salad.
1. Protein. I like to add some kind of protein or else I’m not full enough after lunch. Right now, Boar’s Head Deli Chicken is working wonders for me. I don’t have to cook anything the night before, and it’s delicious. I just roll up and cut slices of the chicken breast and add it to the top of the salad. But you can add anything to switch it up week by week!
Additional examples of protein that will go great on a salad:
- Broiled Salmon
- Grilled Shrimp
- Grilled Chicken Breast or Rotisserie Chicken
- Steak Slices
- Garbanzo Beans and/or Pinto Beans
2. Crunch/ Texture. This element may be even more important to me than protein. Adding crunch to my salads is what really gets me excited about eating them. I love finding things in the store to top off my salad with that creates a great crunch or texture.
Some of my favorite toppers include:
- Fat Free Croutons
- Sesame Sticks
- Sunflower Seeds
- Chow Mein Noodles
Adding Flare To Your Salads
Every salad can have a new flavor and special ingredient to spice it up.
Below are some examples of ingredients that you can mix together to give your salads their own special flare:
- Dried Cranberries, walnuts, mixed salad greens
- Red onion, green olives, fat free croutons and romaine lettuce
- Hard boiled egg, avocado, bacon bits and romaine lettuce
- Fresh strawberries, almonds and spinach leaves
- Edamame, carrots, sesame sticks and romaine spinach mix
These are just a few examples, but the list is endless!
What is your favorite salad ingredient?
Come up with your own salad and share it with me so I can try it out, too!