How to Have a Healthy Packed Lunch in Body

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Packed lunches don’t need to be boring - they can be delicious and healthy!

It is recommended we have 4 things in a healthy packed lunch.

- Starch foods such as bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and others.
- Protein foods such as meat, fish, beans, eggs and others.
- Dairy items such as cheese or yoghurt.
- Salad or vegetables and a portion of fruit.

Struggling for ideas?

We can all get in to a lunchtime slump and end up making the same old cheese sandwich for weeks on end. 

With some easy changes you can have a lunch that will be the envy of the entire school canteen.

Ditch the white bread.

Swap the white bread for healthier alternatives. If you’re not a fan of brown bread then try using wraps or pita bread. You could even try an open sandwich, simply layer delicious ingredients like cream cheese and smoked salmon over healthy crackers.

Stack up on the protein.

Protein helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Incorporating chicken into your salad sandwich will help keep those hunger pangs at bay throughout the afternoon. If you feel like a change then try quorn faux meat. It’s a great healthy meat substitute.

Embrace the salad

Salad doesn’t have to be a few measly lettuce leaves and a chopped tomato. Try adding pasta, noodles, chicken or cheese. There are plenty of easy ways to liven up a plain salad. 

Beware the snacks.

Your lunch can seem much more exciting with that extra chocolate bar or bag of crisps. In actual fact there are dozens of healthy alternatives that will liven up your lunchtime. Along with refreshing fruit salads you could make your own healthy muffins or smoothies. If you’re feeling really adventurous why not attempt to make your own sushi or dip to eat with chopped vegetables.