I'm very excited to introduce the first recipe in a series of healthy lunches at Inspired Edibles!
We all struggle with occasional lack of inspiration and not-so-occasional lack of time, so the goal of this initiative is to generate ideas for simple, wholesome meals that you can pack for the office or enjoy at home. A delicious excuse to skip the food court and head outside for some cherished vitamin D.
The recipes that I will be featuring in this little segment can be adapted to suit any particular dietary need and/or preference which means that they should ideally be used as a starting point and not necessarily and end point. Be sure to have a look under "Notes" for substitution ideas where applicable.
From a nutrition perspective, one the most helpful suggestions I can make is to encourage the incorporation of protein at all meals and snacks -- including lunch where it often goes missing.
Protein is not only vital for all structural components in the body (muscle, bone, connective tissue) it also forms the basis of our neurotransmitters (the brain's communication channels), which means that it is also critical for mood, memory and cognition.
A green salad with tossed vegetables may be a great start but on its own, it will leave you feeling hungry again in about 20 minutes (the time it takes to digest and convert into a sugar). Adding protein to the mix will create satiety, allow you to feel fuller longer and diminish the pesky desire to graze endlessly on carbohydrates. Protein also requires more work and energy to digest, increasing our metabolic workout and keeping our blood sugar levels and mood more stable over a longer period of time.
Ready to rock your lunch box?
Vegetable Rotini with Flaked Tuna in a Light Lemon-Yogurt Dressing
For the Tuna Pasta: