Lunch does not have to be boring just to be healthy. If you are the type of person who really loves to eat delicious lunches, and is not someone who can feel satisfied with something bland and boring, then you should definitely take the time to come up with some interesting lunch ideas that will transform your standard, boring lunch into a healthy, yet delicious meal. This article is going to focus on some classic lunch choices that you might be a fan of (peanut butter and jelly or chicken and salad). While those two classic lunch ideas are not bad for you, they can certainly be transformed into something much healthier if you make just a few adjustments. So, here's a new approach to some classic recipes.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Redux
One of the best ways to improve your classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich is to completely overhaul the three main ingredients. First, choose organic bread that is made from whole wheat. You have many choices beyond the classic store brought white bread. Choose something that is both tasty and healthy. You can opt for something such as organic honey wheat bread, or if you're more a fan of raisin bread, an organic raisin bread. These are a great choice for the bread part of your sandwich because it is full of healthy fiber and whole grains.
Next, make sure you choose a peanut butter that does not have artificial sweeteners or hydrogenated oils. Choose a natural peanut butter. Then, instead of a sugary jam, choose either one that is only sweetened with fruit juice or opt for actual fruit that is used alongside the peanut butter. These are much better for you than using real jam that is loaded with sugar.
Heart Healthy Salad and Protein
Salad with chicken is a popular lunchtime meal. If you want to make it healthier, then opt for a hummus dressing as opposed to one that is loaded with sugars and excess calories (any of the classic bottled salad dressings that you might find on the shelves). The hummus is made with chickpeas and olive oil, both of which are great for your heart. If you want to make the salad even more healthy, think about adding some leafy greens besides regular salad greens. Choose some options like kale and spinach and use them to make your salad a real success.