Lee Holmes has a few fresh and fast ways to inject some healthy food into your work week.
I know that after a busy day at work, the last thing that most people want to do is figure out what they should have for dinner, let alone lunch the next day! Yet most people know pre-preparing lunch is the only way to take care of their health and their bank account.
To help get you motivated, it's key to remember that eating healthily during the work day can help improve your work performance, as well as save you time rushing around buying and scoffing a meal on your lunch break. If you’re reading this and thinking that preparing healthy lunches seems like an impossible feat, I’m here to show you that healthy lunches can be achievable.
My favourite way to prepare for work lunches is to make an extra large meal the night before. Most of you are probably familiar with this trick, but for those who aren't it can really make the world of difference. Another way to go about it is to not put off cutting up your veggies and putting them aside. After you do your grocery shopping, consider the next step is always peeling a few carrots and cutting them up to add to salads or wraps.
I’d love to share with you two of my favourite lunch recipes from my latest book Fast Your Way to Wellness, that are so easy to prepare - and will ensure your vegetable intake is up to scratch!
My Bento Box is a combination of everything that will satisfy you fully! There’s a section packed with protein, another filled with complex carbohydrates, a third with vibrant veggies and of course the last one has a sweet little treat. I like to keep my meals balanced and like most, love having dessert to look forward to.
This meal is easily customisable and really allows you to throw all the good things in your fridge into a container! This is easiest to eat from a bento box or lunchbox with four separate sections. Once it’s assembled, just refrigerate it for lunch the following day. Easy!
Vegetable nori wraps
These wraps are satisfyingly simple. Feel free to make them your own – add any additional veggies you like to the mix! Packing these nori rolls for lunch will keep your nourished and grounded when you’re on the go.
The star ingredient of this dish is really the nori - an edible seaweed that is low in calories and rich in protein, iodine and fibre, making it a perfect lunchtime mix. Nori is packed full of B vitamins, especially B12, which is hard to find in vegetarian foods. This simple seaweed is also high in minerals and amino acids to maintain health as it controls everything from the immune system to mood.