Packing your lunchbox with healthy meals can be quite a challenge especially if you work a 9-5 job and barely have time to venture out of the office to eat.
The same goes for kids who have to carry food to school. A lot of people go for the easy option, which is to fill the lunchboxes with snacks and junk food. Kids need to eat well balanced and healthy meals in order to grow and develop properly. Adults too must take care of their health by eating meals that contain essential nutrients without stuffing themselves with unhealthy products.
Here are some healthy lunchbox meals ideas to help you through the week:
- Day 1
For the first day, you can pack quinoa burger, strawberries, one boiled egg, vegetable salad, and unsweetened orange juice. On the first day of the second week, you could try double decker sandwich with ham and salad. Ensure that the ham contains only a small amount of salt. Also, carry some mixed dried fruit and a bottle of water.
- Day 2
Mix it up a little bit and please your taste buds by carrying baked salmon and avocado, vegetable salad, grapes and a bottle of water. The following week you could try tuna pasta salad with spring onion, cherry tomatoes, and green pepper. Add to this fresh fruit salad, a slice of banana cake and unsweetened apple juice.
- Day 3
When choosing healthy lunchbox meals for the third day of the week, you could go with leftover vegetable pie, cracker, slices of apple and a piece of grilled chicken. An alternative could be Mexican chicken wrap, baby corn and carrot sticks, mixed fruit salad, yoghurt drink and some pieces of malt loaf.
- Day 4
An awesome meal idea for the fourth day would be easy kale salad (shredded deli meat and kale), leftover pizza and strawberries. One could also opt for spicy beans mixed with vegetables, raspberries, low-fat white cheese and fruit smoothie that is made using semi-skimmed milk.
- Day 5
Baguette stuffed with tinned salmon salad, dried apricots, an orange and a bottle of water. On the second week, you could pack skinless chicken drumsticks, vegetable salad, banana bread, watermelon and a bottle of water.
Important tips for your healthy lunchbox meals
Always ensure that you pack your lunchbox with meals that contain important nutrients. Do not make your lunchbox boring by carrying the same meals over and over again. Try to switch up a little bit and make your packed meals interesting. To save time and money, one could always carry leftover food.