Quick Lunches To Go

I’m not the type of person to bring sandwiches and chips to school. I like eating as clean as I can for lunch because that’s just the way I am. I like having a lot of protein, good carbs, and veggies in my meal so here’s a few lunch ideas to go!

#1 Quinoa Bowl

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This lunch idea is an easy one.

The night before I cook a pot of quinoa and then I have leftovers for lunch all week! I also boil about 6 eggs at the beginning of the week to have on hand.

I cut up half a bell pepper and chop a boiled egg and mix it with a cup of quinoa. Tada!

  • Quinoa is high in calories, carbs, and protein.
  • Eggs are low in carbs and have 6-7 grams of protein per egg.
  • Bell peppers are high in antioxidants and potential anti-cancer benefits.

#2 Greek Yogurt Bowl

I love bowls of stuff. Yum. This is more of a breakfast thing, but there have been many times where I take this mix to lunch and it’s the perfect combo!

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Ingredients:

  • Nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • Stevia (Or sweetener of choice)
  • Fruit of choice (I go for the banana or the apple)
  • Nut of choice (I go for pecans, but almonds or walnuts go well too)
  • And Granola (Optional)
  • Cinnamon (An anti-inflammatory and metabolism boosting spice—We should all get in about 1 tsp. a day)

You can either prepare this ahead of time and put in a container or put it all together at lunch. You choose.

  • Greek Yogurt is full of protein. The non-fat and plain kind, is lower in calories, fat, and sugar.
  • Stevia is a natural plant based sweetener. Available at stores or I like to get mine on Swanson’s
  • Fruit is essential in my book. Any type of fruit you choose is going to be good for you and add a lot to your diet.
  • Nuts are good fats that…well, are good for you. I like getting my fats through (coconut oil) and nuts. Don’t go overboard with nuts…they are high in calories, but they are so good for you.
  • And I love granola because it adds a delicious crunch to my yogurt! Plus, it adds more protein and some good carbs to your meal to help keep you feeling satisfied longer.

#3 Quinoa/Rice, Chicken, and Sweet Potato

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As I said before, I like to cook quinoa the night before or the beginning of the week to have for lunch.

But I also will cook extra grilled chicken for myself to have on hand as well.

And I also like baking sweet potatoes in a bunch too.

  • Chicken is one of my favorite go-to proteins! It’s so good and can be made into anything!
  • Sweet potatoes are so good. Just saying. They are a runner’s best friend!

#4 Hummus spinach wrap

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Ingredients:

  • Spinach Flat-Outs or a whole wheat tortilla
  • Turkey or chicken
  • Hummus
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Handful of spinach

First put the hummus on the flat-out. Then lay down the spinach leaves and turkey. Slice the avocado and put on top. Fold!

  • Flat-Outs are about 90 calories
  • Turkey or meat of choice is full protein
  • Hummus has fats and is way better than mayo. Plus it has zinc because of the chick peas, which is essential to keep colds away!
  • Avocados are a fat fruit…HAHA. But they really are full of fats and calories but oh, so good for you!
  • Spinach is actually 30% protein and low in calorie. It’s a super food!

#5 Pre-made Kale Salad

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Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • Lemon juice – from 1 lemon
  • Sliced baby tomatoes
  • Chopped bell peppers
  • 1/2 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 avocado

Let the kale sit in the balsamic vinegar and lemon juice for a while. Mix in the vegetables. TA-DA!

  • Kale is one of the main super foods. I love it so much!
  • Lemon juice is actually a good alkaline balancer (is that even a word?) even though it is considered acidic.

Well, there are 5 quick ideas to prepare and have for your lunch!

And you can always add more to your lunch, these are just part of the meal or you can have it as your whole meal if you want. All up to you!

Have a good day!

Gotta head to a play I’m performing in!

XOXO


Questions:

  • Do you like preparing your lunch ahead?
  • Do you eat clean?
  • Do you like these type of posts?

Somewhat Italian

Does anyone else out there love creating fun meals? Or am I the only one that finds that entertaining? Okay…only one. That’s fine. Disappointed smile

After reading Courtney’s birthday dinner post the other day, I realized that many healthy living food bloggers don’t really post much about Italian food. Well, probably because it isn’t the healthiest. But seriously, Italian food is way amazing. So, I slaved in the kitchen whipped up a homemade Italian dinner…sort of. Spaghetti and eggplant were definitely involved <–that = Italian. Yum.

Shall we get started on what I’m talking about here?

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First up, we have the sliced veggies and the boiling water with spaghetti noodles. And sauce, of course.

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Then, with lots of oil in a heated pan, I placed the sliced eggplant in the pan. What? Really? Okay, maybe I don’t need to explain everything. Let’s just read pictures…….? Huh?

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And up above is Italian sausage. I sautéed it

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And guess what my favorite green vegetables are?

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Broccoli and Kale! I heart them both. So I sautéed them…naturally. And yes, I know it looks weird to pretend to kiss broccoli. Good thing no one was watching…Embarrassed smile

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Baked sweet potatoes. (I’m using baked as a verb here.)

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Oh my goodness…I’m DONE! Let’s eat!

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Thankfully its Friday…and I don’t have to wake up early and run till Sunday. Woo!!

Who’s ready for the weekend? Have a good one Smile

Question of the Day

What is your favorite green vegetable?

Fishy Recipe friday

This morning, school was delayed 2 hours so I definitely slept late. I really wanted to run, but the 30 degree weather didn’t sound too appealing.

Breakfast

Instead of running, I made myself a yummy protein pancake. I love these so much! I first found out about them from Sarah. And now I just love them so much!

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On top was Greek yogurt, almond butter, and stevia mixed together. It’s a lot tastier than syrup or just almond butter.

Lunch wasn’t anything special because I was short for time and threw some vegetables together and a boiled egg. Not picture worthy.

Workout

When I got home from school, I came home, put my running clothes on, and headed out into the 55 degree weather and ran an amazing 5 miles in 45 minutes. Quite proud of myself.

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I warmed up a mile (10:30 pace always) then tried to run between 8:45-8:20 pace. By the end of my 5 miles it all averaged out to 9:00 minute pace. Happy Audrey.

Dinner

Okay, let’s get to the good stuff! I am making clean and delicious salmon cakes. I love these! And the recipe is from Kath so check it out here.

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I changed it up a bit so here’s what I did:

Ingredients

  • 2 14oz cans of salmon
  • 4 TBSP bread crumbs or flax seed
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 TBSP Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp spicy brown mustard

Directions: Preheat oven on low broiler. Mix everything in a big bowl. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Make cakes/patties out of the mixture and you should get about 12 according to how big/small you make them.

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I love salmon so much! If I could eat it all the time, I would. I like fish in general, but salmon is definitely my all time favorite.

Okay, that’s the end of that deliciousness.

I’ve got a planned long run of 10-11 miles tomorrow and will get back with you on that plus details of my upcoming race which is exactly 1 month away from yesterday! Eek!


Question of the Day

Do you like fish? What’s your favorite type?

Anyone got a race coming up?