7 Days of Healthy Lunches

The hustle and bustle of everyday life may have you skimping on lunch. But having a set plan can help bring order to the most hectic of schedules. Here is one week of delicious lunches so you can easily get on the 2014 road to a healthier you.
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The hustle and bustle of everyday life may have you skimping on lunch. But having a set plan can help bring order to the most hectic of schedules. Here is one week of delicious lunches.

Day 1: Hummus and Veggie Sandwich

Start your week with a Meatless Monday sandwich that can be tossed together in 5 minutes.

Day 2: Frittata

Salads and sandwiches aren't your only choice when it comes to bagged lunches. Get creative by packing a slice of quiche or frittata. Pair with a side salad and fruit for a perfectly satisfying meal that your co-workers will be drooling over.

Day 3: Grilled Chicken Salad

Get over the mid-week slump with a refreshing salad. Cut prep time by cooking proteins (like chicken and beef) the night before or using leftovers. If you're taking the salad to work, pack the dressing on the side and stir right before digging in.

Day 4: Roast Beef Sandwich

Roast beef can absolutely be a healthy choice. Dig into Ellie’s recipe, which uses a combo of Greek yogurt, horseradish and a touch of mayo to cut down on fat without skimping on flavor.

Day 5: Vegetarian Burrito

Celebrate Friday with these scrumptious veggie burritos. Make a batch on the weekend and freeze them, so you can grab-and-go for work. Reheat in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes before eating.

Day 6: Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

Saturdays are a great day for comfort food. Dig into a warm bowl of tomato soup, and then enjoy an ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwich – all for around 400 calories.

Day 7: Chicken Quesadillas

Quesadillas provide an easy way to use leftover meats, cheese and veggies. For extra-filling fiber, use whole-grain tortillas.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »

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