We believe that the perfect lunch should consist of something delicious that will give you that fuel you need to stay sharp, focused and energized through the afternoon. So, to give you a little inspiration, we're sharing five of our favourite power lunch ideas here. Trust us, if you have one of these, you'll feel happy, energized and healthy all day long.
1. Open-Faced Sandwich with Mashed Avocado, Cucumber, Tomato & Sprouts
Take one slice of grainy bread and top with 1 mashed avocado, thinly sliced cucumber, red onion, halved cherry tomatoes, sea salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.
2. Vietnamese Chicken & Veggie Rice Paper Rolls
These days we're all about "the wrap". From the ultimate packed lunch to a quick, easy and healthy dinner (that the kids will line up to help you make), these Vietnamese chicken and veggie rice paper wraps have become part of our weekly repertoire. And for good reason. They are vibrant and colourful, supremely healthy, a cinch to make (we're talking mostly assembly) and ultra-versatile. Don't have leftover cooked chicken or a ripe avocado? Don't fret. We use the term 'recipe' here loosely as we often pack ours with any protein and veggies we've got lying around for a clean-out-your-fridge kinda dinner. Shrimp, beef, mango, spinach; you name it, you can add it.
3. Bean, Tuna & Veggie Salad
Hearty, healthy and packed with lots of yummy stuff (that'll keep you going for hours,) we love this quick and easy bean, tuna and veggie salad. Toss it together the night before, then throw it into your bag on your way to work for the perfect packed lunch. Not a fan of tuna? Switch it out for sliced chicken breast, salmon or even some hard-boiled eggs.
4. Grain Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes & Chickpeas
Not convinced that a healthy salad can really fill you up once dinner comes round? Don't be. Our latest recipe is brimming with healthy veggies (think cucumber, tomato and peppers,) and made heartier by the addition of quinoa, chickpeas and feta. So, this is a salad that we promise will not only fill you up, but will keep you full until the morning.
5. Barley, Quinoa & Kale Salad
First step is to prepare the barley and quinoa. In a medium saucepan, bring salted water to a rapid boil. Add barley, reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender and liquid is absorbed, about
40 minutes. Let cool. Meanwhile, in separate saucepan, bring 1 cup (250 mL) water and a pinch of salt to boil. Add quinoa, reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly. When ready to prepare, combine 1/2 cup each barley and quinoa in a bowl. Add washed and dried baby kale leaves, dried blueberries and blanched edamame. Toss to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp Dijon mustard with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Toss to combine and serve immediately.