With my kids back in school, I have been luxuriating in the quiet time during lunch. I use this time to treat myself to a beautiful plate of healthy foods. I take the time to really enjoy these nourishing lunches, savoring each bite and appreciating the experience and the flavors. From the preparation, (which usually only takes me about 10 minutes), to the last bite, I am grateful for the opportunity to indulge myself with food that nurtures. I especially need this daily ritual right now as I clean up my diet after weeks of holiday indulgences. I was feeling heavy, bloated, and tired. Just after eating on track again these first couple of weeks in January, I am already feeling light and energetic again.
When it comes to nourishing lunches and eating healthy, prep is key. I plan my meals in advance for the week and batch cook any dressings or grains I may need. I also wash and store all of my produce the same day I purchase it so everything is ready to pull out of the fridge and plate when I am ready to eat. I shared a few of my favorite breakfasts last week, so today I am sharing a few of my favorite nourishing lunches. The meal ideas below are plant-based and dairy-free just like the breakfasts, keeping things detox friendly, (for those of you cleansing!).
A Week’s Worth of Nourishing Lunches
This is hands-down my favorite lunch. Depending on your filling, it packs a great protein punch and all of the good fat in the avocado satiates and satisfies…plus, it looks so pretty on the plate!
These are super easy and quick to make with whatever leafy greens you have on hand for wraps. Romaine leaves are a great option for hearty fillings such as my “Chicken” Tempeh Salad or Lentil Bruschetta Salad, while hummus and veggies are a great alternative for a collard green.
Top your favorite store-bought or homemade veggie burger (try my Beet Burger) with leafy greens, tomato and avocado, and a dollop of your favorite spread or dressing.
Zucchini is my favorite vegetable to spiralize, but pick your favorite and top with a store-bought or homemade marinara or pesto and more veggies. It’s surprisingly hearty and light at the same time.
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