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What’s for Lunch? Snacks!

Posted Dec 19 2009 10:00pm

otlMany 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!

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