It’s lunch time! Who doesn’t love a good lunch? I know I do, and I never want to skip it. It’s important to keep fueling your body throughout the day to provide energy and much needed nutrients in order to get those abs looking like they’re in tip top shape. Depriving yourself of lunch or even having too small of a lunch can cause you to have a major setback in your progress, as can eating unhealthy fast foods.
We’ve put together some healthy lunch ideas that will provide you with healthy complex carbs for energy, lots of protein for those muscles, and healthy fats for brain function and weight maintenance.
Let’s Make Lunch!
Here comes the fun part and these lunches are not only healthy and packed full of nutrients, they’re also quick and easy to make!
Grilled Swiss and Tomato On Whole Grain Bread
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
Ingredients: 2 slices of whole grain bread, 1 slice of Swiss cheese, 1-2 tomato slices, butter.
Directions: Heat your pan to medium and butter 1 side of each bread slice. Place one slice butter-side down in the pan, then place the cheese and tomato on top, along with the second slice of bread. Cook till it’s golden brown, flip it over and cook the other side to golden brown as well and enjoy.
Mean, Green, Protein Lunch Smoothie
This protein-loaded smoothie contains everything you need to keep you going till dinner and it’s quick, easy and packed with plenty of nutrients.
Prep Time: 3 Minutes
Ingredients: 1 Cup of unsweetened nut milk, 1 cup of fresh spinach, 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder, ½ peeled and cored apple, ½ peeled avocado, 2 tbs raw oats, handful of ice.
Directions: First add nut milk and ice to blender, then the rest of the ingredients, cover and blend until smooth, enjoy!
Cottage Cheese Plate With Whole Grain Crackers
Cottage cheese is a great way to get your healthy fats and protein, then you add some healthy vegetation and whole grain crackers, and you have a recipe for great abs.
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Ingredients: 1 cup of full fat cottage cheese, ½ cup of fresh spinach, ¼ cup grape tomatoes, ½ avocado (sliced), 1 serving of whole grain crackers of your choice.
Directions: Arrange a bed of spinach on your plate and place the cottage cheese in the middle. Top with grape tomatoes and sliced avocados, then place crackers on the side. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper if desired, and eat up!
Bacon, Avocado, and Egg Salad Wrap
Who says you can’t have bacon and eggs for lunch? This quick and easy meal is loaded with protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats to boost your energy, your brain power and keep your abs looking fine.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes (hard boiled eggs, bacon)
Ingredients: 2 medium eggs, 1 tbs natural mayonnaise, 1 slice of natural bacon, ½ sliced avocado, 1 whole grain wrap, salt, pepper.
Directions: In a medium pot, bring 4 cups of water and 2 eggs to a rolling boil, then immediately turn the heat off and let the pot sit on the hot burner covered for 10-12 minutes. Cool then peel the eggs and chop them into small pieces then add mayo, salt, and pepper to taste, this is your egg salad (you can also cook this ahead of time to save some trouble). While the eggs are boiling, cook your bacon till crispy.
Lay your wrap on a plate and add the egg salad, sliced avocado, and crumble the bacon on top then roll it up and you’re ready to eat!
Please Note: Before following exercise routines or changing your fitness regime, please consult a certified fitness professional. Always talk with a medical practitioner before following dietary advice or taking supplements.