At least 5 days a week, I’m on the run. Between lunch making, breakfast serving and carpooling, the morning is usually organized chaos. Every weekday, I try to figure out how and what I will eat for lunch between my workout, getting work done, feeding at least one kid lunch and running to school to pick up at least one other kid.
There are many times it dawns on me around 3pm that I haven’t eaten lunch. This is a terrible idea…I’m usually cranky, hungry, shakey and headache-y at this point. I’m definitely not at my best.
After all, when an afternoon after nap time looks like this craziness (after at least an hour workout in the morning), I need to make sure I’ve eaten a healthy lunch.
Yes, I need to Mom Myself! I know exactly what I need to do. I need to eat lunch and drink water at consistent and regular time intervals to keep my metabolism going, to keep my energy up and to keep myself going.
Tips for Eating a Quick and Healthy Lunch
Don’t grab fast food
Yes, this is probably obvious, but while it is quick, most of the time it’s not healthy. It’s likely full of a lot of fat and calories and salt.
Cook a bunch of veggies over the weekend
Roasted vegetables are a huge hit and full of flavor. If I can get them to last through the weekend and into a week, I can add them to my lunch and know that I’m getting some good vitamins.
Pack your lunches for the week / day in the morning
Make enough dinner to have leftovers
My favorite lunches are often leftovers from the previous night’s dinner. So many dinners get better the second day (chili, I’m looking at you!) The night before when putting leftovers away, I put them into individual containers I can heat up the next day. Lunch is ready is about 2 minutes!
Have some Healthy Choice Simply Café Steamers on hand
I definitely prefer a hot lunch to a cold one, but sometimes we are out of leftovers (or there weren’t any leftovers…if people tell you girls can’t eat, think again!). For those days, I like to have Healthy Choice Simply Café Steamers I can pull out of the freezer, heat up on a few minutes and have a healthy dinner with protein, vegetables and more.
Yes, they are actually healthy and is the only major brand in the frozen meals section that can call 100% of its products “healthy” as approved by the FDA.
They have 100 percent natural proteins and absolutely no artificial ingredient. The Steamers are steamed to transform simple ingredients into vibrant, crisp vegetables and juicy proteins for a delicious, fresh taste with a tray-in-tray steam cooking method that separates ingredients during heating to unlock freshness you can see and taste.
The Healthy Choice Simply Café Steamers line contains nearly a dozen meals, all with less than 310 calories and more than 18 grams of 100-percent natural protein in a variety of flavors, such as: Meatball Marinara, Chicken Fried Rice, Grilled Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo, Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry and Grilled Pesto & Vegetables.
They are healthy, quick and easy! You can find Find Healthy Choice Café Steamers in the freezer aisle at grocery stores nationwide for the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $3.29.
How do you eat a quick and healthy lunch during the week? What is your favorite?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.