Two questions for you, actually! Hope you don’t mind!
1.) I’m struggling to think of easy, healthy options to take with me to work to eat for lunch. I’m not much of a meat eater, but I do like chicken. Any suggestions?
2.) I’m also struggling with the fact that it’s winter, and all my cravings seem to be the warm, unhealthy “comfort foods”. I’m lately craving mac and cheese, heavy soups, and things of that nature. Any suggestions for something that’s “warm and cuddly” without all the fat and calories? Thank you so much!
– Megan K.
For easy, healthy lunch options my suggestion would be to assemble wraps and hearty salads/soups, or to use leftovers. Roll up some hummus, cucumber, tomato and feta in a spinach or sun-dried tomato tortilla. You can add a handful of beans and chicken breast strips to a pre-made salad in a bag. Since it takes a full can of soup (2 cups) to make a decent meal, pair the soup with raw produce so you don’t add sodium. Leftovers are quickest, of course – just place in the containers you’ll take to work when storing them.
Enjoy the comfort foods as a smaller side dishes instead of as a main entrée, or find ways to lighten the recipes. For instance, using low-fat cheese plus adding ham and peas in your mac & cheese, or having a scoop of the real thing accompanied by a grilled chicken breast and steamed broccoli. A bisque soup or chowder pairs with whole grain bread sticks and celery stalks. My all-time favorite warm treat is made by spreading almond butter on freshly made rye toast, topping with apple slices and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and placing back under the broiler. Using fresh ingredients from room temperature (except meats/dairy) enhances the flavors and makes heating quick.
– Debbie J., MS, RD
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