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Do you find yourself lacking motivation to cook these days? Here are three well-balanced options that can be whipped up in minutes:

Lunch Idea #1:

  • Can of Tuna (choose skipjack or light for its lower mercury content) + Leafy Greens (mixed greens, spinach or arugula) + Apple (diced) + Handful of Walnuts (or another type of nut)
  • Drain tuna and mash with a fork, then combine all ingredients in a salad bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice or splash of vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.

Lunch Idea #2:

  • Two Hard Boiled Eggs + Olives + Vegetables + Hummus + Pear
  • Okay, so one does require cooking the hard boiled eggs in advance, but once that’s done the rest is easy! Eggs are a great source of protein and pair nicely with olives to balance your blood sugar for the rest of the afternoon and keep cravings at bay. Enjoy this meal as a platter, and depending on your appetite, you can increase the serving size of hummus (for example, 1/4 cup), and aim for 2 cups of vegetables (carrots, peppers, celery, etc., buy them pre-cut if you need to).

Lunch Idea #3:

  • Chickpeas or Canned Bean Medley + Leafy Greens + Hemp Seeds + Avocado + Crackers
  • Bean are a great source of fibre and plant-based protein. Half a cup paired with 3 tbsp of hemp hearts provides over 15g of protein. Bonus: serve with a side of sauerkraut to get your daily dose of gut-friendly prebiotics. Avocado is a great source of healthy fat and is promotes healthy cholesterol levels, just remember one serving size is approximately 1/3 of an avocado.