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:
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!