Many people I speak with mention that they quickly tire of repetitive lunches.
Day after day of wraps or sandwiches with a side of chips or baby carrots is certainly a recipe for boredom.
One of my boredom-beating tactics? Make a “snack lunch”!
This is one of my favorite ways to eat lunch, since it is very easy to construct in a nutritious fashion (it’s perfect for lazier days when I don’t feel like dicing, chopping, and stirring!) and allows you to satisfy multiple cravings at once.
Here, for example, is the snack lunch I ate today:
- 1 small Granny Smith apple
- 1 ounce Gruyere cheese
- 1 ounce whole grain crackers (I love the Mary’s Gone Crackers brand — they are thin, ultra crispy, and made with quinoa, sesame seeds, and brown rice)
- 3 Tablespoons fresh salsa
- 1/3 cup baby carrots
- 3 Tablespoons hummus
- 2 Tablespoons raw almonds
- 1 Tablespoon raw walnuts
- 1 Tablespoon raw cacao nibs
Deliciousness aside, this combination racks up a more-than-worthy nutrition profile:
- 710 calories
- 6.6 grams saturated fat
- 660 milligrams sodium
- 16.5 grams fiber
- 20.5 grams protein
Additionally, it is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and hundreds of top-notch phytonutrients and antioxidants. It’s also a good source of B vitamins, phosphorus, vitamin E, and zinc.
Added bonus? The almonds and walnuts contribute heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and ALA Omega-3 fatty acids, respectively.
Depending on your particular calorie needs, you can tailor this meal by increasing or reducing the amounts of certain foods.
Do you have a favorite “snack lunch”? Post it in the “comments” section and inspire other Small Bites readers!