47 0 0 0 13 6. Brown-bagging it packed lunch no bread’t have to be boring. Upgrade traditional lunch recipes with these easy tweaks. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then lunch may be the most boring.
Put an end to ho-hum midday meals with these genius recipe upgrades. Swap out sugary jelly for naturally sweet pears, raisins, and honey. J by adding crunch to every bite—and a dose of filling fiber and antioxidants. The average Reuben sandwich racks up nearly 800 calories. This vegetarian-friendly version swaps out beef pastrami for tofu, reducing the calorie count by nearly half. With 20 grams of protein per serving, you’re sure to feel full until dinner! We get it: eating a salad every day is good for you.
These wraps—which you eat with your hands—are a finger-licking-good alternative that makes eating veggies feel fun again. Avocado and a touch of blue cheese add creaminess without fattening dressings. Choosing pumpernickel bread over traditional white for your turkey club has two clear benefits: it gives your sammie a more complex nutty flavor, and it’s a lot better for you. Ginger, garlic, Thai spices, mint, and cilantro give this homemade version an Asian twist. Make it ahead of time and package it to take to work for the rest of the week.
Here’s another classic sandwich that features fiber- and antioxidant-packed pears. This ham sandwich also swaps out fattening mayonnaise for plain, low-fat Greek yogurt, which provides an additional punch of protein. It’s all too easy to call for pizza delivery for your officemates at lunchtime. Instead, why not impress your coworkers with this healthier, more exciting version? Whole-wheat pizza dough is topped with zucchini, scallions, and just a sprinkling of flavorful Parmesan. Olives, chives, roasted red peppers, and melted Manchego will make you wonder why you ever ate tuna any other way. Grilled cheese is a treat, but you can make it healthier—and tastier—by swapping out American cheese for cheddar and adding apple slices and baby spinach leaves.
Multigrain bread sets you up with two out of your three recommended daily servings of whole grains. Mac and cheese soothes the soul, but nobody would ever call this comfort food healthy. You won’t miss it with this upgraded version that swaps in whole-wheat pasta. The entire four-serving recipe uses just 3 ounces of flavor-packed fontina and Gouda cheeses, but is still creamy thanks to a secret ingredient: Greek yogurt.