7 Heart-Healthy Ideas for a Nourishing Lunch
Even though I sometimes crave indulgent foods come lunchtime, it never gives me the feel-good energy I need for the afternoon. I find that if I don’t eat something wholesome for lunch, I’m sluggish for the rest of the day. My goal is to eat a well-rounded meal that’s full of vegetables, lean protein, fiber, and whole grains. All of those things happen to make what I strive to eat heart-healthy too.
This satisfying salad comes together in just about five minutes since it calls for hot smoked salmon, which is already cooked, and a can of black beans. Enjoy it on its own, over a cooked whole grain, or with whole-wheat pita chips.
Sweet potatoes not only lend a pretty hue to this hummus, but they also add extra heart-healthy fiber and nutrients to the bowl.
This is wholesome comfort food at its best. Make a big pot of this soup over the weekend and you can dig into it all week long or freeze it in batches to enjoy bit by bit.
Nutty, chewy farro is a whole grain that is easy to love and a nice departure from the usual brown rice and quinoa. Here it’s enjoyed warm with roasted beets, their sautéed greens, and just a bit of salty feta cheese.
This vegan recipe makes a dozen hearty sandwiches, which can be frozen for up to three months and taken out as needed. You’ll thank yourself when you have a quick and healthy lunch ready to grab!
Both tuna and avocado are rich in healthy fats that keep your heart strong. Here they’re tossed with a sweet and sour ginger dressing and served over brown rice.
This Middle Eastern grain salad is usually made with whole-grain bulgar, but here it’s replaced with quinoa to lend some vegetarian protein to the bright, fresh mix.