Lunchtime can be full of obstacles to healthful eating. Any meal can be really, but lunchtime often finds us away from home at work or school, or we might be running errands, at children’s activities, or on day trips on the weekends. So what do we do? What are some options?

We are in the process of switching over to all organic meats. Have you seen the price of organic lunchmeat at the deli section of your local supermarket? Ouch! Thankfully there are many alternatives that probably turn out to be a whole lot healthier too.

Make your own lunchmeat. Roast the organic meat you enjoy, have some for dinner and use the leftovers for sandwich filling. How does a southwestern chicken wrap sound. Take a tortilla and spread it with your favorite dressing. Ranch would work well for this. Add shredded chicken, lettuce, tomato, red onion and sliced avocado. Wrap, slice and enjoy.

Make it yummy with nut butters. There are many more choices than just plain old peanut butter. I must say though that peanut butter is a favorite of mine. You could buy organic or make your own. There is also almond butter, or hazelnut and cocoa spread, the later probably being a little high in sugar. Although a sandwich is just fine spread with a nut butter and some organic jam, you can also go another route. What about nontraditional ants on a long with some crisp organic celery spread with almond butter and topped with organic raisins? When it comes to dried fruits I always look for organic because when you dry a fruit it becomes concentrated. How appealing does concentrated pesticide sound? Yuk. Grapes and celery happen to be on the dirty dozen list anyway. If you are unfamiliar with that list you may want to take a look at it here.

Roasted vegetables. Don’t forget about good old veg. Make some ratatouille and serve it in a dish or on a baguette. Take tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onions, and garlic. Slice or cube them, coat with olive oil and roast in the oven until tender. Season with herbs and sprinkle with parmesan or mozzarella cheese. How about a grilled portabella mushroom cap used as a burger. You get that grilled, meaty flavor without the meat and without the price tag. Don’t forget all of your favorite toppings.

Other spreads. If you haven’t ever tasted hummus, why not give it a try? You can make homemade too. It comes in organic and in a variety of flavors. I would have to say red pepper is my favorite, or maybe pine nut. It’s a tough decision. Use it in a pita and pile on other veggies. Serve it in a container and use crackers and veg for dipping. Sunbutter is another treat and it is often used when there are those with nut allergies in the house. It makes a yummy sandwich and is great to try for something different.

Lunchtime isn’t just for eating anymore. Why not sneak in a little exercise on your lunch break? If you are at work take a walk outside, if possible, or take a stroll inside the building. Take the stairs. If you have to run an errand and you have the time, walk. At least get up, stretch, move around, and leave your work area. Find a coworker to walk with and use the time to chat about pleasant things. What a stress reliever. Make sure to talk to your doctor before starting any kind of new exercise.

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