Work lunches during the winter have a few ‘must haves’. Firstly, they need to be satisfyingly warm. Secondly; not too heavy as many workplaces do not appreciate the 3pm nod off, and lastly, packed full of nutrients to keep you well and fighting healthy during winter. We have had a look around and have decided on the best winter lunches which easily tick the above criteria.
- INSTANT NOODLE CUPS
We have seen ‘take to work’ salad jars, now the winter version – instant noodle jars. You can get as creative as you like with these. For a well balanced lunch, pack a mason jar full of quick cooking noodles such as vermicelli, cooked shredded meat or tofu and raw veggies. Adding miso paste, lime and fresh herbs are an example of flavours that work really well. When it is time for lunch just add hot water – fancy and healthy 2-minute noodles. Check out The Girl on Bloor for more combo ideas.
- TOASTED SANDWICHES
A sure favourite, the winter ‘toastie’. This is one option that can be easily thought of as a healthy café takeaway. It certainly can be however a few things to keep in mind. Look for toasties on seed bread in preference to heavy focaccia’s which can be higher in energy and lack the fibre and B vitamins of grain bread. Keep a balance of macronutrients in mind, for example include lean protein such as chicken, turkey, tuna or low fat cheese and include plenty of salad vegetables – the sandwich should be spilling over with the likes of spinach, tomato and mushrooms. Lastly go light on creamy dressings if watching the waistline.
- VEGETABLE SOUPS
Soup is one of the easiest, filling and warming winter lunches. If running short on time, there are many great convenience options in the supermarket, however, to keep the vitamins high and the additives low make it up yourself! We love this carrot and ginger soup recipe. Add spices such as turmeric, ginger and garlic for immune benefits to keep those nasty winter colds at bay.
- LENTIL SAUSAGE ROLLS
There is something so tempting about warm pastries in the winter. In preparing for this undoubtably happening, you can make your own sausage rolls at home. A great ‘bulk lunch’ option you can whip-up on the weekend and is an easy way to sneak in an extra serve of vegetables during the day. This vegetarian lentil sausage roll recipe from the girls at The Biting Truth is a favourite of ours. Lentils have loads of fibre which is especially important for supporting a healthy gut during the winter months. Check out The Biting Truth’s recipe for lentil sausage rolls.
- POACHED CHICKEN & BARLEY STEW
Another bulk cook up winter warmer that will actually melt the toes. This recipe is based on barley, which is a wholegrain high in protein and dietary fibre (to keep you feeling full for longer). It contains vitamins and minerals including selenium, magnesium and phosphorus. Stews are very simple to make, versatile to include ‘whatever veg can be found in the fridge’ and therefore a cheap and nutritious family staple throughout the winter months.