Oh My SALAD!

22 Oct

I’m a firm believer that there is no excuse for not eating healthily.  It just requires a little organisation and preparation.  Yes, yes I know we all lead busy lives, have jobs, kids, husbands, wives, partners, pets and what have you but if we want to be able to perform at our best and be able to juggle our busy lifestyles then we need to fuel our bodies with quality food.

I’m putting the spotlight on lunch in this post.  It can be so easy to make a poor decision at lunch time.  There’s work cafeterias with their huge servings of hot greasy food, cafes with seemingly innocent but ENORMOUS white bread sandwiches and focaccias, fast food restaurants emitting the scent of salty, fried, heart clogging burgers and chips… It’s easy to choose these things when you’re in a rush and under prepared.

To avoid grabbing an unhealthy lunch on the go I buy all my healthy lunch items for the week on Monday or over the weekend and keep them at work.   If you can’t keep these at work then you will need to set 5 minutes aside out of your day to prepare your lunch and bring it from home.  5 minutes!   You CAN do it.

My typical shopping list looks like this:

  • Eggs
  • Tins of tuna or salmon
  • Fresh vegetables for salads and omelettes
  • Fresh seasonal fruit
  • Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dressings
  • Low fat greek or natural yoghurt
  • Low fat fetta cheese
  • Olives
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Nuts and seeds (unsalted and natural)
  • Natural muesli (not toasted)
  • Honey
  • Green tea
  • Multigrain corn thins (I’m still trying to locate brown rice cakes!)
  • Lite hommus and cottage cheese to have with carrot sticks
  • Small tins of four bean mix

Once you have all of these items on hand you will find your options are endless and exciting!  It will blow your mind. 😉

I also am a big fan of making extra grilled chicken at night (I did grill chicken on the sandwich press at work a couple of times but to be honest it’s a real pain in the ass to clean the thing) so that I can bring it the next day to put in my salads.  Examples:

 

Grilled chicken (in olive oil, salt & pepper) with brown rice & olive salad

AND…

 

Basil, garlic, chilli & lemon marinated chicken with cannellini bean salad

Looks delicious, yes?  And it is!   You too can have a healthy yet EXTREMELY delicious lunch if you just prepare.

Please share!  What’s your favourite healthy lunch recipe?

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6 Responses to “Oh My SALAD!”

  1. Tina October 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    YUM!! Thank you for posting this. Your lunches look fantastic! I’m defintely going to start preparing some cooked chicken beforehand. Do you heat up the chicken before adding it to your salad?

    • Amanda October 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

      Yes I do heat it up beforehand! Love warm chicken salads. 🙂

  2. bonne_santé October 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Ahh how organised you are! Love the idea of keeping supplies at work – cost effective too.
    Let’s hear it for healthy, interesting lunches! No white-bread PB sammies here.

    • Amanda October 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

      Very cost effective indeed!

  3. Lola October 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Just got back from Coles and wanted to let you know that I found brown rice cakes. They’re the organic ones from Pureharvest. They don’t actually say its brown rice on the front label, I checked the ingredient list. Not sure if your state has them, but they’re stocked in my little Coles in QLD. Good luck 🙂

    • Amanda October 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

      Oh thanks for that! I will definitely check it out! 🙂

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