Life isn’t always fun when you’re on a diet. You have to think about everything you eat to ensure you’re not putting anything bad into your body. It can get tiresome pretty quickly, but that’s just a price you have to pay if you want to shed the pounds. No-one said that getting summer-ready was easy! Fortunately, if you’re trying to keep off the carbs, there are plenty of great meals out there. Plus, they’re easy to prepare in advance, so you don’t have to put in any effort when the hunger pangs strike.
Mexican chicken and cauliflower rice
Any suggestion that you have to eat boring foods when you’re on a diet needs to go out the window right now. Some of the most flavorful foods are also the healthiest, including this low-carb lunch treat.
Dip some chicken in flour, egg, and a mixture of cornmeal, cumin, and coriander, then bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Add some salsa and cheese, cook it a little longer, and it'll be ready to go with your cauliflower rice. All this requires is some riced cauliflower, onion, garlic and bell peppers to be cooked together until they're al dente. After that, it’s ready to cool and parcel into tubs for your upcoming lunches.
Prosciutto & egg roll-ups
Sometimes the nicest things to eat are the simplest, and that’s precisely what you get with this recipe. All you have to do is whisk a couple of eggs and cook them briefly on a low heat - essentially an omelet. Once that’s done, you just put some prosciutto on top and roll it up for a quick and tasty snack. You might want to make several of these depending on how hungry you get when 12 o’clock comes around.
Turkey & cucumber lettuce wrap
If egg wraps aren’t your thing, what about lettuce ones instead? They’re just as easy to make, and totally tasty too. There’s not even any cooking involved unless the turkey you’re using is going to be the leftovers of a roast. All you need is the ingredients in the recipe name - plus any other herbs or vegetables you want to add - and your own crafty fingers. Place your filling on top of the lettuce leaves then wrap them around - job done.
Greek-style tuna salad
What’s easier to prepare in advance than a salad? This recipe is packed full of the kind of healthy foods you’d expect to find in a salad, only with a twist. The combination of cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, parsley, and oregano works wonderfully with the tuna and a drizzle of olive oil. The fish provides some much-needed protein while those colorful fruits and vegetables ensure there’s not a carb in sight.
All you need to do is toss this stuff all together in a bowl then store it in a container for a refreshing lunch the following day.
Each of these recipes can be easily prepared in advance for you to enjoy during the nine to five. They’ll add some much-needed flavor while on the job, and ensure you don’t face a post-carb slump before the day is over.