Trying to figure out what to eat for lunch, and especially what to pack for lunch, can get old! Frozen entrees and burritos, they get old too. And ordering out everyday for lunch can not only get old but it can also make you feel overly full and can cause weight gain over time. There is a ton of calories in those combo meals, giant salads, fried meats, etc!
So, I thought I’d share my lunch idea with you. This is my new favorite lunch that I like to call salad sandwich. I like sandwiches but don’t buy deli meat because it’s just so processed. This sandwich is meat free and loaded with veggies, hummus, and avocado. It’s very filling and gives you lots of nutrients and plenty of protein.
To make this a quick and easy preparation, I have a few time saver tricks:
1.Get a bread that freezes well. If you’re taking this to work you don’t want it to go bad if you can’t eat it fast enough or leave it over the weekend. I would highly recommend Eziekiel or Genesis Bread made by Food For Life. It’s a super healthy bread and tastes good too! My favorite is the Genesis Sprouted Grain and Seed. Read more about that here. You can find this bread in the frozen section of your grocery stores organic aisles, regular frozen food aisles, or at a health food store. When you’re ready to make a sandwich, microwave the bread for about 30 seconds and you’re ready to go!
2. Go to your grocery stores salad bar and make a container of pre-cut and pre-washed vegetables. Add in any that you want to add to your sandwich. I get lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and cucumbers.
3. Grab a ripe avocado from the produce section and a tub of your favorite hummus. This one is my favorite.
Once you have your ingredients, the sandwich comes together very quickly. Microwave the bread; then add hummus, avocado, and veggies. Top with salt and pepper. Cut in half and eat!
And, if you want to feel super fancy, wash it down with an ice cold Perrier!
2 Slices wheat bread
3 tbsp hummus
1/4 avocado, sliced
1 cup favorite veggies (I’d recommend lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and cucumbers)
1 slice 2% Cheese, (I’d recommend mild white cheddar)
Dash salt and pepper
If bread is frozen, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds.
Spread hummus over bread.
Top with avocado and veggies.
Top with cheese.
Sprinkle on salt and pepper to finish it off.
Slice in half and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts per Sandwich:
Calories: 415, Fat: 15g, Protein: 20g, Carbs: 45g, Sugar: 2g, Sodium: 600mg