Lunch is often a time when you can go out with friends, family, and coworkers to enjoy a delicious meal, and with so many great restaurants to choose from in Scottsdale, AZ, it can be difficult to practice self control when it comes to making lunch choices. While it is ok to go out to eat on occasion for lunch, it is healthier to cook for yourself. Here are some quick and easy low calorie lunches you can make for yourself that are less than 400 calories per serving.
Quick and Easy Lunches You Need to Try
1. Low-calorie wraps. Stick with wraps if you like to eat sandwiches. Even better, find yourself some whole wheat, high fiber wraps to keep it healthy. Your wrap should be no more than 150 calories (you may need to find the wrap or pita), your meat should be the biggest source of nutrients and should be around 100 calories, and then load it up with veggies, lettuce, onions, and a dash of mustard.
2. Pesto, sun-dried tomato, and bean salad. Toss in half a cup of white beans (or your favorite type), one tablespoon of pesto, a small amount of sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, and some mixed greens for a great, low-calorie salad.
3. Pizza bento box. Bento boxes are great for adding in small amounts of a variety of different foods. Follow along here for a healthy version of a pizza bento box for your lunch this week. The key is to keep you pizza bento box healthy by adding veggies as toppings and wrap slices as your crust. Be extra cautious on the amount of cheese you add to this meal.
4. Trout salad. Cook up some trout for dinner and use the leftovers for a light and tasty salad for lunch. You can use this recipe for your healthy lunch and select whole wheat, low-calorie, or high fiber bread to keep the carbs low.
5. Taco and rice salad. This is not your typical salad; it is more like a blended taco treat. You can easily make this recipe for your lunch and skip on the cheese to help save even more calories for this healthy lunch option.
6. Flank steak souvlakis. Make these for dinner the night before and store the leftovers for your lunch the next day. These take less than 30 minutes to make and they are less than 400 calories. Follow along here for a special lunch treat tomorrow.
7. Portobello burgers. This is a healthy alternative to the traditional burger and fries. Grill up some Portobello mushrooms and add them to a whole wheat bun for a light lunch. You should not need any cheese for this recipe, but if you desire it, then consider a light drizzle of mozzarella.
Try making your lunches every day for an entire week. Once you make it through the work week, take it to the next level and make your lunch every day for a month. The point to making your lunch is to prepare healthy meals as well as save time and money.