Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April
Lunchtime is a great chance to get outside and enjoy time away from work or class. Plus, what we eat at lunch can fuel our minds and bodies for a productive afternoon. So it’s important to make sure your lunch is not only delicious, but nutritious and satisfying too.
Whether you’re buying out, packing from home or using up leftovers, we’ve got some inspiration to liven up your lunch.
Keep this simple advice in mind next time you’re buying your midday meal.
When you’re packing lunch for school or work, no doubt you want something quick, easy and tasty. Preparing a healthy meal doesn’t have to be complicated and you can make your mornings a little easier by storing some staple ingredients in your pantry. That way you can top up with some fresh produce when you need it to mix things up and for more variety.
Here are some of our favourites but feel free to try your own:
|Vegetables||Protein source||Grain foods||Tasty toppings|
Tinned legumes (Lentils, chickpeas, beans)
Wholegrain wraps/rolls/bread (from freezer)
|Extra virgin olive oil
|Reduced fat feta
Cooked brown rice, wholemeal pasta or quinoa
|Fresh herbs Hummus
Greek or natural yoghurt
Using up leftovers can be your saviour for pulling together easy lunches and reducing your food waste. Can you try any of these ideas tonight?
Whatever lunch you choose, go for grains, protein, and lots of vegetables. Try to enjoy your meal without distractions from work or your phone. Savour every mouthful and enjoy the break in your day that lunchtime provides.
Try some of these tasty and healthy lunch recipes below:
Everyday easy: Burritos
Sophie’s pick: Saffron lamb, yoghurt and date tagine
And check out our Healthy Eating Made Easy page for advice on a flexible healthy eating plan, with your free food group tracker!
Recipe selected by Nutrition Australia Victorian Division. For more healthy recipes visit the Nutrition Australia website.
Last updated: November 28, 2016 at: 12:06 pm
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