Thursday, November 12, 2015

How to Eat A Healthy Lunch Every Day

By: The Food Hunter

It might take a little planning on your part, but bringing a healthy homemade lunch to work every day is not impossible. What helps make it easy is having a fully stocked kitchen. Having all of your favorite good for you foods, along with storage containers for transporting, available is the first step to making sure you eat healthy.

A healthy stocked pantry can include the follow items:

1. Whole grains such as 100 % whole wheat bread, quinoa or barley.
2. Low sodium canned beans to make healthy dips or spreads.
3. Portable fruit such as apples, bananas, oranges, and grapes.
4. Mixed leafy greens, like spinach, kale or lettuce for salads or to add to sandwiches.
5. Eggs; hard boiled in advance make a quick snack.
6. Pre-sliced cheese.
7. Unsalted nuts.
8. Homemade granola.
9. Plain Greek yogurt.
10. Fresh pre-cut vegetables like carrots, celery, snap peas and bell peppers
11. Olive oil & balsamic vinegar to make healthy dressings.
12. Lemons to flavor water.
13. Mustard for sandwich spread.
14. Avocados

A couple tips to make the process easier:

1. Prepare your lunch menu on the weekends. Make sure you have all the ingredients on hand and ready to go.
2. You can also batch cook on the weekend. Prepare soups, salads, dressings, and veggies in advance.
3. Packing lunch and snacks the night before so you are not scrambling in the morning.
4. Keep non-perishable snacks at your desk for those days you don't have time to pack. A good example would be whole wheat crackers and nuts.
5. Use small containers to portion out lunches for the entire week. Have them ready to grab-and-go in the morning. Using small containers eliminates the temptation to overeat.

The Arugula & Tomato Grilled Cheese
2 slices whole-grain bread
1 medium tomato, sliced
¼ cup fresh arugula
1 oz Gouda cheese, thinly sliced
1 tsp. butter

1. Spread butter on one side of each piece of bread.
2. Place on slice of bread on a warm skillet face up. Add tomato, arugula, and cheese. Top with other slice of bread, butter side up
3. Cook over medium high heat. 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip, then cook for 3 to 4 more minutes or until cheese has melted.

We’re getting ready for #HealthyLunchDay on November 17th! Join us in encouraging and motivating people to eat healthy! Follow our pinterest board for lots of healthy lunch options. 


  1. I love healthy meals! This Argula & Tomato Grilled cheese looks delicious! Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Great tips! I need to get better about eating lunch period. I tend to take care of everyone else and forget about me.

  3. Working from home I do have to plan ahead to make sure I have a healthy lunch on hand and this info has really helped me with some new ideas. Thank you .

  4. Yum! That grilled cheese looks really delicious! I bet it's amazing with heirloom tomatoes!

  5. Such great tips and one's that I try to follow as much as I can. I can never have enough avocados in my life!

  6. Love this! I make my hubby's lunch every morning and my lunch (I work at home) every day at the same time. So much more healthy and affordable. Love your tips & list!

  7. Yummy! I could eat this healthy lunch everyday!

  8. Great tips! Nuts and yogurt are regular go-to snack of mine.

  9. Gouda is on of my favorite cheeses and I love arugula. This would be a tasty combo on some gluten free bread. YUM.

  10. Anything with arugula is delicious in my book! I just made arugula sandwich today, in fact. Love your handy tips and thanks for sharing your yummy sandwich!

  11. A well stocked pantry is essential! Great tips.

  12. Some great tips here! Loving the sound of that sandwich too! Yum!

  13. Great tips as it is so easy to just grab something not too good for you when you are full on busy.

  14. I am trying to eat as healthy as possible. This sandwich looks so tasty!

  15. Lots of great tips here. I always make sure every meal is packed full of veggies (even if it is a pizza), so it is as healthy as it can be.

  16. I will admit I am a bit of a food hoarder & always have a stocked pantry!

  17. Lots of great tips! I love mustard on my sandwiches and hard boiled eggs, although I don't fix them near enough. Slices of chorizo or salami with cheese is also a good light lunch idea.

  18. Great tips for making healthy, portable lunches. I agree - the key is to think and prepare ahead!

  19. I love gouda cheese and spicy bite from the arugula!

  20. Fantastic tips - lunch and I don't always get along hence why I always have yogurt on hand in the office fridge. After reading this, I need to make a better effort and bring lunch to the office.

  21. I didn't know it was healthy lunch day on Nov 17th. I make my husband's lunch each day, and think this is a fabulous idea, because I'm always trying to pack a healthy lunch for him. I'm off to check out that Pinterest board. Thanks!

  22. I pack my husband a lunch every day. Great tips on keeping the content fresh and interesting. It's so easy to get stuck in a lunchbox rut!

  23. This sandwich looks took arugula to a whole new yummy level.

  24. Love your healthy lunch ideas; really give me some awesome ideas. Also interested in seeing some dinner recipes too. 

  25. Great tips, that grilled cheese sandwich looks so good!

  26. So many wonderful ingredients. I like making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

  27. Great tips! And, that grilled cheese looks delicious!