It's a new year, and healthy resolutions are in full swing. Exercise, dieting, are everywhere it seems. But have you thought about your lunch routine? Ensuring you get your daily vitamins throughout the day is essential to hitting those resolution goals for 2017.
While it sounds like a lot of work making lunches for your whole week, it doesn't have to be! Weekly meal preps can be quick, easy, and mess-free! Here are a few tips we like to use during the week.
Hard "Baked" Eggs
Hard boiled eggs are loaded with goodness, but making them can be a bit tedious. Instead of boiling, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grab a muffin tin. Place one egg in each of the cups, and bake for 30 minutes. Shock the now hard baked eggs in ice water for about 10 minutes to stop the cooking process, and store in your fridge.
Speaking of eggs...
You can have the healthiest lunch in the world; but if it doesn't taste awesome, chances are you're not going make it part of your routine. Here's a couple simple lunch ideas using those eggs you hard baked:
Hard Baked Eggs with Avocado on Toast
This is as easy as it sounds. Spread Avocado on toast of your choice, cut an egg in half (or however you want), sprinkle on some salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
Quinoa is one of those magical grains meant to be enjoyed at any part of the day - including lunch. Batch make quinoa and pack all of your ingredients in the same tupperware, easy and simple. We like ours with Avocado, pesto, chia seeds and a hard baked egg. Click on the link above for the recipe.
Although the Japanese translation for Bento is 'boxed lunch', Bento is anything but a plain turkey sandwich lunch. Use leftover dinner ingredients to build a flavor-packed lunch that will get you through the week. A good ratio for a balanced bento is 4:2:2 (4 parts carbs, 2 parts protein, 2 parts fruits/veggies). Be creative and get colorful!
Forget about the ramen with those flavor packs loaded with sodium and MSG. This is new year, new you, remember? Take veggies, meats like pork or chicken and ramen noodles (maybe one of those hard baked eggs?) If you can't find Chinese-style egg noodles, hard noodles will work just fine. Pack your meat, veggies, noodles, and flavor base like a tablespoon of Better than Bouillon into a mason jar. At lunchtime, simply add hot water and let the noodles and other ingredients get that broth integrated. Stir after a few minutes and add an egg if you want.
As long as you're not allergic, eat more nuts this year. Pistachios, almonds and cashews are super snacks and can help give you that much needed afternoon energy boost. If you are allergic to nuts, try Sunflower seeds or Pumpkin seeds!