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Tired of PB&J? Lunches for Adults on the Go

Brown-bagging it no longer means you’re stuck with cold cuts or peanut butter and jelly for lunch. Plan ahead to keep lunches for adults simple and healthy. What will you take to lunch tomorrow?

Jar Salads
Enjoy a salad in a jar to add a few servings of raw fruits and vegetables to your day. Layering salad ingredients in a recycled pasta jar keeps the ingredients fresh, fluffy, and crisp. Plus, a jar packs easily in a lunchbox or day-bag. When it’s lunchtime, shake the jar to mix, remove the lid, and dive in with a fork.

Try one of these salad combos. Layer the ingredients in this order to keep the salad from getting soggy:

  • Oil-and-vinegar Italian vinaigrette, torn kale and green-leaf lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shaved carrots, cubed cucumber, diced hard-boiled eggs, and chunks of lean grilled turkey breast
  • A large dollop of strawberry Greek yogurt, torn green-leaf lettuce, sliced strawberries, fresh blueberries, slivered almonds, and shredded Parmesan cheese

Microwave Meals
Cook once, eat twice. Next time you make a casserole, pot of soup, or other easy-to-reheat meal, double the recipe. Then pack a few portions of it away to take to work for lunch. Use microwave-safe bowls and you’re set!

Here’s a few meal ideas that taste even better the second time around:

Fruit Smoothies
Some days at work it’s hard to find time for a lunch break. When things get hectic, take a fruit smoothie to work. You can easily sip the vitamin- and protein-packed drink even during very busy days at work.

Place a mixture of two or three frozen fruits in the blender. Try bananas, strawberries, mangoes, peaches, or pineapple. Then add almond milk to cover the fruit. Top with a tablespoon of milled flaxseed and blend. Pour the smoothie into a travel mug and tuck it away in the office refrigerator until lunchtime.

Healthier Sandwiches
Skip the bleached white bread and get creative with your next sandwich. Build it on whole-grain pita bread, wraps, ciabatta rolls, or flatbread. Then layer on protein. Instead of resorting to sodium-filled deli meats, opt for chicken carved from a rotisserie chicken, slices of leftover pot roast, or a lentil patty.

Top the sandwich with fresh vegetables such as sliced tomato, spicy arugula, alfalfa sprouts, or cucumber slices. Finally, finish the sandwich with a smear of hummus or mashed avocado.

Hearty Soups
One-dish soup lunches are convenient. Make a big pot of soup on the weekend and freeze individual portions in microwaveable bowls. Choose soups packed with protein-rich ingredients such as quinoa, chicken, garbanzo beans, or turkey to help you feel full throughout the day.

Skip the fast-food urge this week. Pack a healthy brown-bag lunch to keep both your waistline and wallet in check. Healthy lunches for adults don’t have to be boring or flavorless. Get creative!

Visit the Wayfield Foods free shopping list organizer and start planning meals with your health in mind.

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