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The No-Fail Formula for Making a Fast, Healthy Lunch

 

Looking for a fast, healthy lunch? You're in luck! These quick and easy lunches will have you set up for healthy-eating success.

 

I just spent a long weekend with friends at a house in Central New York, with a magnificent kitchen. While we cooked up multi-course meals for dinner, we wanted to take advantage of swimming and lounging during the daywhich made it essential for lunch to be fast. But healthy.

How to make a healthy lunch? When you're in a time crunch in the morning, I know how tempting it can be to skip packing your lunchbox with 
nutritious recipes and instead head out for a quick burger and fries come lunchtime. But hold on a sec. A nutritious lunch doesn't have to require hours of grocery shopping and meal prepping. You just have to follow a simple checklist and take a few minutes to pack up your quick, easy lunch. Ready to find out how to do it?

 

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The Dietitian-Approved Healthy Lunch Checklist

No time to head to the grocery store? No problem! Just take inventory of what's in your fridge, freezer, and pantryand more than likely, you have the makings for a fast, healthy lunch on hand. Confused about how much protein you should be eating or what serving of 
heart-healthy fats you should be having? In this Well+Good article, I share a simple checklist of the five things you should definitely be including in your mid-day meal. Want more healthy meals to make?

 

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10 Recipes to Make Before Your Leftover Produce Goes Bad

Wilted salad greens? Browned bananas? Don't toss that produce! You can create a nutritious lunch with less-than-perfect fruits and veggies. You just have to get creative. Take a look at these 10 office-friendly recipes that'll help you make the most of what's in your kitchen, including one of my favorites. Have leftover fruit? Add it to high-protein overnight oats for a good-for-you breakfast.

 

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Amy's Recipe of the Week: Vegetarian Rice Bowl with Chickpeas, Tomato & Okra
 

Just because I work from home many days doesn't mean I have a huge chunk of time to spend in the kitchen for lunch prep! So this gluten-free power bowl is a no-fail, go-to fast, healthy lunch recipe. While I love using brown rice for this protein-packed dish, you can use any variety you like. You can also feel free to toss in whatever veggies you have in your fridge or freezer. Prefer a sandwich for lunch? This open-faced hummus toast is also a super quick, healthy meal.

 

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Amy Gorin is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, media personality, and writer in the NYC area.