As a stay at home mom, it’s so easy to skip meals and just graze throughout the day. But that’s not a very healthy habit, since the things we graze on tend to be things like M&Ms and such. I am so guilty of fasting all day long and then bingeing at night. But I am less likely to binge if I eat regular meals throughout the day because A) I’m not so ravenous by dinnertime, and B) Sitting down to eat during the day helps me to relax and destress, so I’m less likely to eat my feelings all night long.
But what to eat?
Here are 20 Breakfast and Lunch ideas that are healthy and easy to make. There are tons of alternatives if you start to get sick of it.
10 Healthy Breakfasts Ideas
1. One Serving of Whole-Grain Cereal–just enough to not leave you bloated and carbey. Eat with skim milk.
Examples of whole grain cereal: Honey Nut Cheerios, Grape Nuts, Shredded Wheat, Kashi GoLean, and Fiber One.
2. Toasted Waffles: Frozen waffles are often not very filling and satisfying when eaten with syrup, but try it spread with peanut butter (or an alternative butter such as almond butter) or topped with fruit preserves.
3. Scrambled Eggs: Make your eggs with 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites to lighten it and add a pinch of cheese for flavor. Stir in some milk so they are fluffy.
5. Lite Milkshake: Substitute almond milk or coconut milk for milk or ice cream and then add spinach and frozen berries. Takes like a berry milkshake without all the calories!
6. Breakfast on the Go: Running out the door? Stock your fridge with Go-Gurt, Energy Bars, and string cheese. Make sure to grab an apple as well, since apples have as much power to wake you up as a cup of coffee.
7. Fruit Parfait: These seem fancy but all you need is plain yogurt, some fruit preserves, and a tablespoon of oatmeal or granola. Mix it together and voila–scrumptious breakfast.
8. Bacon and Eggs: Use center-cut bacon to cut the fat, cook in a skillet. Drain the grease and then fry your egg in the same pan to absorb more baconey goodness. Add a Tbsp of water and put a lid on it to cook your eggs over easy.
9. No-Bake Cashew Bars: I found this recipe on Spoonful.com and am anxious to try it out. Another alternative for breakfast on the go.
10. Fast Food Option: Avoid high-carb options and go for the egg sandwich. Hold the cheese to save on calories.
10 Healthy Lunch Ideas
1. Avocado Sandwich: My favorite go-to meal for lunch is a sandwich packed with avocado and roast beef. You can use low-cal sandwich break or half a pita. Mash up half an avocado and spread it on your bread like you would mayo. Then add your roast beef with a dash of salt and pepper. Best sandwich ever.
2. Cottage Cheese and Fruit: Another one of favorites–mix some canned (or fresh if you have it) fruit like pears or peaches and mix with 1/4 cup of low-fat cottage cheese which is packed with protein.
3. Fresh Tomato and Cottage Cheese: If you’ve got garden tomatoes, this recipe is perfection. Cut your tomato open in an ‘X’ shape but don’t cut all the way down. Add about 2 Tbsp cottage cheese to the center of your tomato, top with seasoning salt.
4. BLT: Use low-cal or whole grain bread and center-cut bacon, with hearty tomatoes and Romaine lettuce. Or alternate with spinach and another kind of cold cut meat.
5. Turkey and Cucumber Sandwich: If you’re a fan of turkey sandwiches, liven things up by throwing in some different kinds of ingredients.
6. Tuna Fish: I always forget about tuna but it’s a great lunch idea. I make mine with 1 can chunk light and 1 can albacore + 1-2 Tbsp light Mayo + 1-2 Tbsp relish + 2 Tbsp diced apples. Eat on toasted whole grain bread.
7. Apples and Peanut Butter: Sometimes my healthy friends eat this as their dessert, but it’s a good and quick healthy lunch choice as well.
8. Quickie Salad: If you are a salad person (I usually have salads for dinner rather than lunch) then keep a bag of chopped salad on hand as well as the ‘stuff’ to throw in it: black beans, corn, tortilla strips, feta cheese, dried cranberries, nut pieces, shelled sunflowers, cheddar cheese, croutons, parmesan, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, ham chunks, chicken or turkey strips, bacon bits, hard boiled egg slices. If you eat a lot of salad, have lots of these fixin’s on hand and you can eat salad for a week. Just use oil-based dressings like vinaigrettes.
9. Baked Potato: This is a good companion lunch to the salad. You can alternate between salads and baked potatoes and use the fixin’s for both. Use Greek yogurt based Ranch dressing or low calorie Sour cream.
10. Fast Food Option: Experts say that the healthiest fast food option is the Grilled Chicken sandwich with a fuit cup from Chick-Fil-A. Order it without the mayo or sauce on a whole grain bun.
Hopefully these will give you some ideas of easy to make, healthy foods that you can begin to incorporate into your daily meals.Pin It