3 Quick & Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas

You guys have asked me for more info about healthy meals I eat everyday. I really wasn’t sure how to make that into a blog post because I felt like it was too simple or boring. However, after the Christmas holidays and all the food and alcohol, I’m realizing that sometimes SIMPLE is just what we need.

I woke up on December 26th with the worst migraine. I didn’t drink, so I couldn’t figure it out at first… but I quickly realized it was a FOOD HANGOVER from the Christmas dinner I had the night before. I have a sensitivity to Cow’s milk and gluten (those are the two I know of) and that food was filled with butter and cream and ALL the gluten. My head was pounding and my stomach was bloated and I just had zero energy. Long story short, I went home and immediately started eating greens and clean food. Today I woke up feeling MUCH better. It’s mind blowing and scary to me how much the food I eat has an impact on how I feel. Sometimes it’s not until I realize how bad I feel that I understand the importance of eating clean.

I want to say that I do not do this perfectly. I do think it’s important to take it seriously, but this isn’t about weight loss or some fad diet for me, it’s about feeling good. I do the best I can and if it’s not perfect, I just do better the next time. Sometimes the options are slim.

Forewarning to all my chefs out there, these ideas for lunch are VERY simple. Don’t judge me! These are just a few of my go-to’s that I make on busy days that are clean, give me energy and make me feel good. They are great to have in the arsenal!

Eggs and a Green

This one is specifically good for me, but if you have an egg sensitivity obviously steer clear. My mom cannot eat eggs without her whole face swelling up. Since I don’t have an egg sensitivity, I eat them a lot and love them because they are quick and easy to make and fill me up. Yesterday when I wasn’t feeling well, I scrambled two eggs with sea salt and black pepper. For my green, I sautéed some organic kale and onion, also with sea salt and black pepper. I don’t always add onion, but onions help with inflammation so I felt like they were a must for the way I was feeling. Sure enough, they helped.

 

Zucchini or Butternut Squash Noodles and Sautéed Shrimp

I love shrimp because (again) they are fast and easy. I sauté using olive oil, sea salt and either black pepper or crushed red pepper flakes. The veggie noodles are also super easy if you buy already cut. I sauté in a skillet for a few minutes, drain and place in a bowl with olive oil (you can also add a little sea salt to this if you want). Just add shrimp (or another protein) and you are good to go! Healthy. Quick. And easy.

Leftovers

This is kind of like…..DUH, Kelly. However, it is something to think about ahead of time. I try and make extra of the few dinner recipes I make to have for lunch. This way you don’t even have to think about it and you don’t have to worry about not having anything in the fridge and making a bad decision because you are super hungry. You know the meals are healthy.

The spices I use:

More to come with other recipes I like!

Email me or comment below with some ideas of what you guys want to know and I will see what I can whip up…

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