Need some easy light healthy spring lunch ideas that help you get more vegetables in your diet? Here’s your go-to light lunch menu for this spring. These light lunch ideas take just a few minutes to make (especially if you chop the veggies you need to make them all at once for the week), and are packed with veggies and good nutrients for your body.
● Garden Salad: Pick 3-4 veggies (carrots, celery, cabbage, radishes, peppers, cucumber, etc.) and make a garden salad with kale, spinach or spring mix. Add some chickpeas, beans, chicken, turkey, or nuts for protein.
● Savory Toast: Toast two slices of whole grain bread. Spread half of an avocado or hummus on the toast and add thinly sliced toppings such as cucumber, spring onion, and/or a tomato. Add a fried egg or roasted chickpeas on top for protein.
● Grain Bowl: Make ¼ to ⅓ cup of grains such as rice, quinoa, farro, or couscous. Add 2-3 light spring vegetables such as mushrooms, leafy greens, yellow squash, fennel, artichokes, or asparagus; as well as a source of protein such as beans or a small serving of meat. Drizzle olive oil and some seasoning and pop in the microwave for a few minutes to cook, or cook in the oven or on the stove.
● Healthy Loaded Sweet Potato: Roast a sweet potato in the oven for 1 hour. Cut it open and add some black beans, scallions, salsa, and plain Greek yogurt on top (optional).
We hope these help you “spring” into healthier lunches!
By: Katie Talarico