We get it, you have a busy life and don’t want the added stress of deciding what to eat every day… but meal prep doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult.
Try these healthy and delicious lunch ideas for work and be left feeling full, satisfied and focused for the rest of the day…
With a total prep time of around 20 minutes, a salmon BLT is the perfect way to enjoy a flavourful and filling low-calorie lunch, containing fish and veg.
Why salmon? The ‘fatty’ acids found in salmon are considered good fats, and actually help
promote cognitive function and increase your brain’s ability to access and use information – which could be exactly what you need during a long meeting or when recalling key stats you otherwise would easily forget.
If you are interested in this healthy lunch idea, click here to give it a go for yourself!
Chicken and Avocado Fajitas
Tired of your usual chicken salad sandwich? These chicken and avocado fajitas could be just what you need to mix things up! Taking only 15 minutes to prepare (or less if you use pre-cooked chicken) these tasty wraps are a great way of consuming protein and an unsaturated fatty acid (avocado).
Why unsaturated fatty acids like avocado? Studies have shown they can provide benefits to your brain function, movement and sleep too!
And why chicken? Protein rich foods like chicken wakes up your brain and promotes alertness. Perfect for keeping you at the top of your game for the rest of the day.
Click here to try out this recipe.
Vegan Bowls / Buddha Bowls
Vegan bowls are simple to prepare and are a great way to use up any leftovers hanging around in your fridge. Combining a mix of whole grains, pulses, vegetables, fruits… you can get extra creative.
One favourite would be the vegan burrito bowl paired with a coriander sauce. Combining colours and flavour this bowl of veggies loaded up with rice and beans is a great way of keeping full for hours on a light and healthy meal at lunch.
Having nutritious snacks to eat during the workday can help you stay energised and productive throughout the day. Always have some quick nibbles to hand such as nuts, blueberries, rice cakes and yogurt that could be kept in your desk drawer or refrigerator in the office.
Roasted chickpeas are a snack that’s high in protein and fibre, and they contains multiple vitamins and minerals.
To make roasted chickpeas, drain a can of chickpeas and pat dry. Toss them in olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of your choice (we like paprika and chilli), and bake at 350℉ (180℃) for 40 minutes. Once done, let them cool and pop them in a Tupperware for a handy mid afternoon snack.
Foods to avoid…
Why not just have some instant noodles you may ask? The food additive ‘monosodium glutamate’ (MSG) found in many instant noodle dishes can negatively affect your neurons, impacting learning and memory and bringing on fatigue and headaches too. Avoid these at all costs!
How about a quick and easy banana? The potassium and magnesium in bananas can make you feel sleepy! They help relax your muscles and send you off to dreamland. Instead, reach for an orange because its citrus scent can be energising.
Need to quench your thirst?
Hydrate your brain with water, the best brain booster of all the beverages. That mid-afternoon headache and productivity slump might be from a lack of water and too much coffee. As a warming alternative, try some green tea or hot water with lemon.