The summer months can do funny things to your appetite. For some, the heat can prompt an increase in appetite, but for others, it can slow it down. Although our appetites may vary, there’s one thing most of us have in common; an unmistakable affinity for good food. Lunch offers the perfect chance to quench those fickle “midday summer taste buds”. Here are some super quick, yummy and healthy lunch options to add to your recipe “go-to” list.
1. Not Your Everyday Veggie Burger
Top veggie patty with 1/4 cup roasted red peppers, 2 tsp sriracha mayo, and 4 cucumber slices in a whole wheat bun. Red onions and lettuce are optional. Serve with 5 celery sticks 1 tbsp. peanut butter.
2. Mediterranean Salad
2 cups spring mix lettuce
1/4 cup of hummus
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup canned chickpeas
Partially toasted pita, torn into pieces
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or low-fat greek salad dressing
3. Quick Burrito Bowl
Cooked brown rice topped with 1 cup of peppers and onions (simmered in 1 teaspoon of olive oil), 3 ounces grilled chicken, and 1/4 cup fresh salsa. Tomatoes and black beans are optional.
4. Sweet Potato Extraordinaire
Small sweet potato topped with a 1/4 cup of your favorite canned chili and a quarter of an avocado, diced. Paired with a 5-ounce portion of Greek yogurt and cranberries or raspberries.
5. Summer Squash Spaghetti
Stir 1/2 cup zucchini noodles, 4 large grilled shrimp, 5 cherry tomatoes, and 2 tablespoons of pesto into 1/2 cup of cooked whole-grain spaghetti.
6. Barbeque Chicken Wrap
Fill a small whole-wheat tortilla with 3 ounces grilled chicken, 1 cup spinach, and 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, paired with 4 carrot sticks with 2 tablespoons of your favorite low fat dressing.
7. Turkey Avocado Sandwich
Toast a whole-grain English muffin and fill it with 2 ounces sliced turkey, a quarter of an avocado and 1 cup of arugula.