You are probably not really aware on how much sugar has found its way to your lunch in the form of salad dressings, high-fructose corn syrup that is present in your ketchup, and even molasses that are included in your barbecue sauce. Eating these things can actually add up to the amount of calories present in your body which can be bad for your health in the long run. Fortunately, you can start switching to healthier and more satisfying options, plus without any sugar too. Here are a few suggestions that you can prepare for your next lunch.
Salmon quinoa salad with balsamic olive oil dressing
You will need a pound of skinned salmon, cut into cubes, 2 teaspoons of dried parsley, 2 teaspoons of pepper, 2 cups of cooked quinoa, chilled, 2 teaspoons of dried basil, 2 teaspoons of salt, 2 ½ tablespoons of olive oil, 4 cups of mixed greens. For the dressing, you will ¼ cup of olive oil, a clove of garlic, minced, 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Get a bowl then toss the salmon in parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Prepare your non-stick skillet and heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high heat. You should sear the cubed salmon for about 4 minutes until they are warm. Put them aside. Prepare your serving plate then add a cup of mixed greens in a bowl. Add half a cup of chilled quinoa then add some cubed salmon. Drizzle it with balsamic olive oil dressing and you are done.
Cheat’s chicken Caesar salad
To prepare this meal, you will need 100 grams of roast chicken, chopped roughly, ½ cucumber, diced, ¼ small red onion, finely sliced, 2 cups of cos lettuce, washed and torn roughly, ¼ cup of Parmesan, shaved, 10grams of prosciutto, roughly chopped, and 1 toasted slice bread. As for the dressing, you will need 2 tablespoons of full-fat Greek yogurt, ½ teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 small anchovy, finely chopped, 1 small garlic clove, minced, and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Toss all the ingredients in a small bowl. Get a small jar and put all the dressing ingredients inside. Add the salad to it then toss to help coat the vegetables with it.
Tuna spinach salad
Tuna is healthy so why not make this one for your lunch? You will need a can of light tuna, well drained, 1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1 roma tomato, seeded and chopped, ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt, 1 cup of fresh baby spinach, chop them roughly, ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded, a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, and 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper. Put all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix them thoroughly. Use the salt and pepper to season your meal then serve.
Chicken burrito bowl
For this recipe, you will need a teaspoon of butter, a tablespoon of coconut oil, I cloves of garlic, crushed, 2 teaspoons of sweet paprika, sea salt, 1 corn cob, husk removed, 1 small onion, sliced thinly, 2 teaspoons of ground cumin, ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 200 grams of shredded roast chicken, 1 red capsicum, diced finely, a cup of coriander leaves, chopped roughly, 2 cups of shredded iceberg lettuce, 1 Lebanese cucumber, diced finely, a small avocado, cut into cubes, a juice of one lime, half a cup of grated cheddar cheese, and lime wedges. Start by grilling the corn after brushing it with some butter. Let the corn cob cool down before removing the kernels. Get a medium sized frying pan and heat oil in it. Cook the onion for 5 minutes then add the garlic, spices, and salt then cook for another 2 minutes. Add the chicken and cook for five minutes or until the chickens are heated. In a small bowl, add capsicum, cucumber, and corn. Get another bowl and add coriander, avocado, and lime juice. Divide the lettuce in containers then divide the salad, chicken, and avocado to complete the rest. Add the cheese and lime wedges.