Food, Lunch

Easy, No-Cook Lunch Ideas for Busy Days

Hi everyone!

Sorry that I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks! I’ve been super busy finishing up my med school applications and starting my new job as a medical assistant (which I’m loving!). Anyway, because I haven’t had a lot of time lately, I was forced to come up with quick and easy ways to eat healthy. Here are two of my favorite easy-to-make, no-cook lunch ideas from the last two weeks:

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Cucumber, grape tomato & avocado skewers.

Eating raw veggies is typically the easiest way for me to get in a substantial amount of nutrients throughout the day, but I was quickly getting bored of eating baby carrots, sliced cucumber, and celery all day. I wanted to spruce up my lunch and find a way to add in a healthy fat in order to stay full longer, so I came up with these skewers. I mashed up the avocado and mixed in a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. I spread the avocado mixture in between the cucumber slices, topped it with a grape tomato, and stuck a tooth pick in the middle to hold everything together. The ingredients are listed below.

Ingredients:

  • cucumber slices
  • grape tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1 avocado (mashed)
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • salt and peper (to taste)

I also really enjoyed this new sandwich combo:

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White cheddar, pepper, tomato & spinach sandwich.

I’m obsessed with cheese! I know its not the healthiest option in the world, but since I don’t have high cholesterol I like to use it as a healthy fat as long as the rest of the ingredients I use are clean. I use the real stuff. No reduced fat, fat free, low-calorie, cheese substitute nonsense. If I’m going to enjoy cheese, I make sure it is fresh and whole.

I made the sandwich at around 6:30am, wrapped it in tin foil, and stored it in my lunch box with an ice pack. At 12:30pm it was still fresh. The bread wasn’t soggy and the veggies were still crisp. I even ate it without making a mess while typing patient notes 🙂 !

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Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 slices of white cheddar cheese
  • 4 thin slices of orange bell pepper
  • 2 tomatoes slices
  • 8 spinach leaves
  • 2 pieces of Whole Food’s seeduction bread

Both of these meals took less than 10 minutes to make and stayed fresh until lunch time. They also kept me energized and made me very happy when I opened my lunch box 🙂 What do you guys pack for lunch on busy work days? Post a comment below.