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10 Healthy Work-from-Home Lunches Nutritionists Love

April 22, 2020

Healthy, easy-to-make lunches you can whip up while working from home.

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Lunch Ideas for Working from Home

Getting used to working at home is no easy feat, especially when it comes to making (and eating) lunch. We asked registered dietitians from around the country what they eat for lunch when they're working from home. Here are 10 healthier work-from-home lunch ideas you can make using ingredients you probably have on-hand.

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Vegetable Soup

"Vegetable soup is on the daily lunch menu when I am working from home," says Dr. Joan Salge Blake, EdD, RDN, nutrition professor, Boston University and the host of the hit nutrition and health podcast, SpotOn!. "Soup is a warm, comfort food that makes me feel as though I am dining with a friend even when I am slurping it alone in my kitchen." Salge Blake says that on weekend, she makes a big pot of "homemade" soup by combining two cans each of vegetable soup, drained black beans and diced tomatoes along with 2 tablespoon of an Italian seasoning blend from a jar. She then stores the soup in the refrigerator in a covered container and ladles a serving in a bowl that can be reheated in the microwave at lunch.

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Homemade Naan Pizza

Brittany Poulson, MDA, RDN of Your Choice Nutrition and author of The Healthy Family Cookbook says, "One of my go-to favorite lunches I've been eating when I'm working from home has been a whole wheat naan bread sprinkled with mozzarella cheese, topped with sliced tomatoes and basil (I prefer to use fresh if I have it, but dried works great too)." Poulson broils the pizza for a few minutes in the oven and enjoys it for lunch. "Essentially, it's a margherita pizza on naan," she exclaims. "I love it because it's quick, easy, nutritious and fills me up."

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Easy Tacos

"I typically make simple tacos for lunch a few times a week," says Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD, author of PREP: The Essential College Cookbook. "I top corn tortillas with grated cheddar and get those crispy along the bottom in a hot skillet. Then I add whatever vegetables I have, such as cooked broccoli or sauteed kale, along with black beans or an egg, plus avocado, salsa, and pickled cabbage or jalapenos. They're super nourishing and delicious!"

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