Healthier options for a lunch break.

Yesterday on my lunch break at work I was starving and of course did not bring anything for lunch. I don’t always have a lot of time to find something to eat and even though I work at a pretty large outdoor mall all the close options are either expensive, time-consuming, or just plain unhealthy. I didn’t want to just give in and go to the food court so I ended up driving to the Chick Fil-A nearby. I knew that if I just completely skipped lunch I would just be starving later, and I also didn’t want to eat something like a burger. I ended up choosing an option from the kids menu, which ended up being really good. What I got will look and sound ridiculous but to have something just to eat and hold me over till dinner it was pretty good and pretty healthy.

So this is what I got: Orange juice, grilled chicken strips, and an apple and cinnamon blended thing which was pretty much like baby food to me. Seriously I think it was baby food like you get in those small mason jars with the blended apple or banana things. But I drank it and it was pretty delicious.

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So the funny thing about this is that the serving of chicken I got is probably what a proper serving size is for an adult. This also cost $5.00 and some change which is pretty good. Now I wouldn’t eat this as a usual lunch because I like my greens, but as an option if I don’t have my lunch it is really good. I love finding healthy options when I’m out because it helps me stick to my healthier lifestyle. The other thing I get if I don’t have my lunch or breakfast is Jamba Juice. They now have healthier juices with fruit and vegetables and I always choose the Apples and Greens option which has a mix of fruit and vegetables (obviously), and also has Spiralina which is an amazing vitamin/supplement.

Apple ‘n Greens Smoothie

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Steamed Salmon & Salad

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When it comes to salmon I can be pretty picky. I mainly like salmon raw as sashimi or sushi. I very rarely like Salmon cooked in terms of being fried or baked in an oven. There was one time my husband made salmon that was a complete freak accident, and it was amazing. The skin on each side was perfectly seared and crispy, while the inside was perfectly cooked. Never again have we been able to recreate it. Never. No matter what we do the sides do not come out crispy, so I gave up. But last week I tried steaming salmon in the rice cooker and it came out perfect! This is now in rotation for dinner because it’s so easy and only takes 30 minutes or less. All I do is put salt and lemon pepper seasoning on top of the salmon, and then drizzle some lemon or lime juice on top and let it steam. Surprisingly the white rice option on our rice cooker perfectly cooks both the rice and fish at the same time limit. I cook basmati rice along with the fish so my husband doesn’t starve, and then we both have it with salad.

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For the past few weeks I have really been liking putting kale into our salads. Kale has a bitter taste that adds both flavor and texture to a salad. I use both kale and red leaf lettuce, with tomatoes and avocado. I also add capsicum if I have any in the fridge. I think salads are usually more appetizing when they have a lot of textures and flavors going on in them. My husband also makes a light dressing that is really good using the following:

Dressing

1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Steak Sauce

1 Tsp Italian Herbs

Don’t be thrown off by the steak sauce, it adds an extra bite to the flavor! Apple cider vinegar is a great alternative to store bought dressing because it has so much flavor. It’s both tart, sour and sweet. The perfect combination for salads. Apple cider vinegar has countless health benefits too, so this salad is like a superfood beast!

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Cilantro & Parsley Meatballs

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Ingredients

1 cup cilantro

1 cup parsley

1lb ground turkey

1 egg

1/2 onion grated

Salt, pepper, and 1tsp cumin

1 jar pasta sauce (I used Spicy Marinara because I love spicy food)

Instructions

These are really easy to make and pretty quick. Just heat up the pasta sauce in a pan or pot on low heat. Finely cut up the cilantro and parsley. Combine all the ingredients together and then form into balls. Once the sauce is bubbling a bit in the pan then add the meatballs and cover. Let it cook for about 15-20 minutes on medium heat.

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I make this with a bit of pasta for my husband, but I just have it with salad. It’s really light and healthy, and it’s so full of flavor because of the fresh herbs. I love making this too because it’s so quick, which is nice for when you have to make dinner after work/school/LIFE etc.

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These were so good I may have to make them again for dinner tonight. I’m also going to find a way to make them vegan for my in-laws. The mixture of the herbs and the pasta sauce is too good to miss out on. I think I may just have to replace the ground turkey with a chickpea and potato mixture perhaps. But try this, it’s awesome! You can even make your own pasta sauce, but nobody got time for that!