What Can I Eat For Lunch That Is Healthy, Cheap And Easy To Make?

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Jess Profile
Jess answered
The healthiest foods are the ones that provide us with nutrition and sustenance, as well as providing us with the energy that we need throughout the day. In saying that, healthy foods still contain calories, so if you want to lose weight, you have to work in a regular exercise program to combat this intake.
Breakfast:
Breakfast should be your number one priority, as it is said that "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". Its the first thing you eat when you wake up, and I know most mornings you don't feel like cooking yourself a poached egg, or even eating anything remotely close to that, but unfortunately - its a lot better than skipping altogether.
Here is a few different ideas for a healthy breakfast. Remembering that you need to have carbohydrates, protein and if possible some fruit /veg in there to kick start your "2&5" for the day.
Brekky 1:
1 Poached egg on slice of toasted wholegrain bread. With coffee/tea/juice and one banana.
Brekky 2:
A medium bowl of muesli, banana or strawberries with low fat milk. Choice with coffee/tea/juice
Brekky 3:
One large smoothie of choice made from fresh fruit and low fat milk. Make sure you snack on some nuts before you leave the house, especially if you get hungry.

Lunch is a total different story. You need to last the rest of the afternoon without having a siesta ( those lucky mexicans). So you need to restock on your carbohydrates, and also on your fruit and protein, so heres a few to keep in mind.
Lunch 1: Small can of tuna, on 2 slices wholemeal bread with a selection of salad ( sans butter/margarine) with a small diet soda, or a small glass of juice/milk.
Lunch 2: Medium bowl of Caesar salad, preferably without the croutons or bacon bits, with same drink choice.
Lunch 3: A piece of grilled fish ( preferably oily fish like tuna, salmon - which is full of omega 3 and protein) with a light salad, and a wholegrain bread roll.
Lunch 4: A small-medium piece of vegetarian or mushroom lasagna WITH salad on the side. Always try and get those veggies in there somehow!

Dinner is usually the easiest of them all, as you have plenty of time and theres usually someone around to help you out. The rule of thumb with dinner, is that unless your about to go for a 3km run afterwards, don't eat to much. Remember, after dinner is usually your relaxation time, so you don't want to stock up on all this food if your not going to burn it off. Heres a few tips in general, and you can make up your mind what you would like to have.
On your dinner plate you should have protein ( meat/fish), vegetables and carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, potato etc). Quick note, I would not recommend having to much potato unless you are about to exercise, as it is a complex starchy carbohydrate and takes a lot breakdown within the body.
Your protein portion should be no bigger than the palm of your hand, so if you've got a small palm like me, then you've got a small portion, bigger palm = bigger portion.
If you look at your plate, when serving your vegetables, they should take up just over one third of your plate portion, and to keep it looking nice, and tasting better, atleast have 3 colours of veggies on your plate.
Thirdly, your carbohydrates should consist of over half of your protein portion, but not more than it. Meaning if you have say 5 tbpns of meat, you should have over 2.5tbspns of carbohydrates but not more than 5tbspns..if you catch my drift.
Like I said, try and keep the complex carbohydrates to a minimum in the evening, unless you are going to be exercising it off.

Hope this helps you, and remember - the key to eating healthy is making correct choices and knowing what those choices mean. Not every "healthy food" is healthy when you eat to much of it. Choosing the right food, and eating in moderation at the right time is the key.

Good luck!
Sibyl Zoe Profile
Sibyl Zoe answered
There are a number of food options you have if you want to lose weight. The best is to opt for high protein diet. Just boil a piece of chicken or fish and eat it with some green raw or fried vegetables. You can also have salads having tomatoes, cucumber, chicken pieces etc.
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Anonymous answered
Whatever you do, don't go on a special diet just for the sake of losing weight, because if you do, once you stop eating this, you will gain everything back plus some. 
 
And don't eat the same thing every day, because then you will get tired of it and not want to eat that anymore. 
 
You can try lean cuisine, healthy choice, or other "healthy" tv dinners, though they are going to be high in sodium, so you don't want those every day.  You can also make yourself a luncheon meat sandwich with lean turkey, some spinach or romaine lettuce, and tomato slices, and if you need a condiment, use mustard instead of something like mayo.  Through in some fruit, too......peaches, an apple, a banana, an orange, that will be used for your dessert and help prevent mid-afternoon snacking. 
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Anonymous answered
The answer to your question is very easy. A lot of things out there can be a solution. If you want to eat "fast food" you might just order a salad or a wrap from even the unhealthiest fast food restaurants. Or, an even better idea is going to subway, Penn Station, or Quizno's. But, that can get expensive. It is an alternative for busy days though. I would just suggest buying fat-free Bologna and whole wheat bread and making yourself a sandwich with any healthy toppings (such as tomato, lettuce, or onion) that you want and then taking a healthy side instead of chips. You could take an apple or carrot sticks. These are generally cheap and easy to make. Just make them the night before, put them in the refrigerator and you're ready to go in the morning. Hope this helps!! (PS- a good resource would be the book "eat this, not that" Great advice from this book!!)
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Dear! You can boil different types of vegetables or fresh salad and this will also reduce your weight.
Onetwo Bucklemyshoe Profile
Mmmmmm...definitely a cheese bagel! They are very healthy, quick, and easy to make. First, you take a plain bagel and cut it in half. You then take one half and lightly butter it. Now you can sprinkle it with the cheese of your choice. Pop it in the broiler for about two minutes. If you do not have a broiler, put it in the microwave for about one minute or in the oven for about two minutes (give or take). Now you've got a delicious snack that's healthy, yummy, and only took you about five to eight minutes including prep. Time! It can also be used as an appetizer or party dish if you use mini-bagels. Good luck! I hope this answers your question...Please rate my answer and check out my page sometimes. Thanks! Bye! ---Nadene
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Have some special K, I sometimes have it 3 times a day.
Brian Thompson Profile
Brian Thompson answered
I would consider something that is natural for the body to consume.  I think if you step back and take a look at what we as humans should consume the answer is clear.  Our diet should consist of fruits and vegetables.  Meats are something man was able to eat by utilizing fire.  Without it we are not easily able to eat meat and neither is it appealing.  So for quick meals stick with the natural foods and the good thing is they are quick and easy.  Like for lunch I eat 4 bananas, apple and tomato.  These can easily be taken with you on the go and eaten quickly.

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William Hook answered

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Taila Nevado Profile
Taila Nevado answered

Hey,

I like to have sticky rice with vegetables and soy sauce. These
are some meals that you can
easily prepare and which are also cheap: Grilled cheese and tomato soup,
peanut butter and jelly sandwich, spaghetti with meat sauce. You can also find dinner recipes
here: https://tinyurl.com/y97mtquo.

Enjoy your lunch!

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Well I would just have a hole bunch of snacks like fruit and veggies that is relay cheap and good for you.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Salads aren't the only healthy thing, they get reppettive and eventually leave you looking for more, take a regular american lunch like hotdog and fries, and get turkey dogs and bake the fries :). I like salads but the make boring lunches
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Anonymous answered
Hey! The easiest meal depends on how much time you have...if it's 15 minutes like me, I usually go for a bought freshly cooked veg. Soup...if you have more time than you can cook a very simple soup yourself. Also salads are quite good, you can add into them nuts, cheese and any other things you like like anti-pasty and whatever else you like (I am vegetarian so I can't say chicken) That's light and nutritious and light :)
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Anonymous answered
Salads are the way to go. You can make them any way you want and they taste great and are usually healthy(depending on what you load them down with)! I buy the bags of fresh greens at the grocery store and then add cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, fat-free cheese, bacon bits, black olives, and reduced or fat free dressing. Hidden Valley makes some really good reduced fat dressings and the brand "just to good" also makes some good fat free dressings. You can also add some grilled chicken to your salad and it is still not to unhealthy. Also soup at hand by campbell's soup is fast and easy. All you need is a microwave to heat it. My advise to you is stay away from the greasy foods like burgers and fries or places like taco bell. Try not eating at those places for a week and drink more water and your skin will thank you in more ways than one....so will your pocket book!! Weight watchers also has some easy recipes on their web-site. Good Luck!!
Liberty Holbrook Profile
I was going to say soup, too! I just made a quick leek soup and it is so tasty and I know exactly what is in it.

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