It’s hard to eat healthily and on a budget when working 9-5, especially when it comes to lunch. I usually resort to buying something over-priced in my lunch break out of convenience.
However, this week I thought I’d avoid the struggle to the sandwiches amongst the suited worker ants and bring my own lunch. I don’t have much spare time now my commute is longer so when it comes to healthy lunch box ideas, I chose something really quick and easy that I could prepare beforehand.
I get peckish mid-morning and these energy bites satisfy that craving for something sweet without the sugar crash. They’re really easy to make and are just a case of blending all the ingredients together in a mixer, then rolling into balls and covering in desiccated coconut.
For lunch, my mum’s salad (originally a Jamie Oliver recipe), aptly named a ‘chop salad’ is also very simple to make. The clue is in the title, all you do is chop up all the ingredients and you can add in anything you like depending on what you have to hand. For instance, if you want it to be more filling, you can add chickpeas.
It’s refreshing and almost tastes like gazpacho in salad form, whilst the chili gives it a bit of a kick! The quantities below make a big bowl of salad, which will last 2-3 days covered in the fridge. I found these colourful little lunch boxes in Paperchase – they have them in lots of different designs at the moment and are the perfect size for lunch on the go. See below for the ingredients to make the salad and energy bites.
2 x iceberg lettuce
2 red onions
1 yellow pepper
chopped herbs (e.g basil, parsley, chives, mint)
For the dressing:
red wine vinegar
1 packet of pitted whole medjool dates
1 tbsp clear honey
1 tbsp cocoa powder
Let me know if you give them a go in the comments below.