Gourmet Lunchboxes for Grown-Ups
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Great ideas for grown-up lunches
Sushi rolls make a great low-fat lunch
"I recommend brown-bag lunches to clients for weight and health reasons" says CalorieKing.com.au dietitian Joan Bushman. "When you make your own lunch, you can better control the type of food you eat, the portions you eat, and even the amount of money you spend," she explains. "Of course, you still need to count your calories!" she adds.
Joan describes her favourite packed lunch as something simple, with an extravagant touch. "One of my favourite lunches has a very 'French' theme. A baguette with lean ham, cheese, sliced tomato and fresh basil, some veggie sticks, and a small piece of gourmet chocolate."
Try some of Joan's other top recommendations for gourmet workday lunches:
The mighty microwave
Have microwave... will have soup
If you have access to a microwave at lunchtime, your lunch just got a whole lot more interesting. Soups, frozen vegetables, leftover pasta dishes, baked beans ... all nuke-able delicacies are at your command!
"It's so easy to keep a bag of frozen veggies in the freezer," comments CalorieKing.com.au dietitian, Allan Borushek (the "Calorie King"). "You can also freeze cooked brown rice. Just throw some veggies and rice together, add some protein such as canned tuna, cooked chicken, or leftover roast meat, and heat in the microwave. There you go - you have a tasty, healthy meal just like that."
Try some of these other ideas:
Allan strongly recommends stocking up on fresh fruit as a snack or lunch food, otherwise "you'll be looking for a high-calorie, high-fat finish to your meal such as biscuits or chocolate" he says. But don't just stick to apples and bananas, tempt your taste buds with more exotic choices, such as kiwi fruit, strawberries, cherries, mangos, papaya, pineapple, custard apples, passionfruit, and nashi pears - or make a fruit salad with all your favourites!
"Also beware of calories from soft drinks and juice," he adds. "Quench your thirst on water instead."
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