Southern State of Grace

Four Simple Workweek lunches

I think sometimes we forget about lunch. We focus a lot on breakfast being the most important meal of the day and getting dinner on the table for our families but lunch; Lunch is SO important for your daily sustained energy.

It’s the difference between heavy, greasy, overly processed food that will make you want to take a nap and be no good for your employer or family for the rest of the day and wholesome, nutrient-dense, energy-giving foods that will help you coast through the rest of your day!

Energy is one of the biggest determiners of mood and being present in our lives and this is a simple+yummy way to take control over how we can show up for the day.

In addition to these lunches I usually pack a granola bar, trail mix, fruit combined with fat (cheese, avocado, etc.) for snacking. Experiment with these meals! Try them and put your own spin on it and then pay attention to how your body feels throughout the day!

Here are four of my favorite, simple workweek lunches below! Hope you enjoy!

1. Loaded Salad⁣⁣
I love combining all the energy-giving goodness for a lunch that sustains. ⁣⁣
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Base: greens, tomato, cucumbers, avocado, seasonal fruit, dry roasted almonds, boiled egg. ⁣⁣

-Combining a boiled egg with a drizzle of high quality olive oil/balsamic vinegar makes a delicious dressing.

-You can add hemp hearts, other veggies of choice, or extra protein! Serve with toasted Joseph’s Pita or veggie/nut crackers.
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2. Adult lunchable⁣⁣:
-preferred protein⁣⁣
-healthy fats: avocado, hummus, cheese⁣⁣
-veggie/fruit⁣⁣
-carb⁣⁣ (pita chips, veggie chips, nutthins)

I ate this with some trail mix and Rebbl matcha latte and it was perfect!

3. Green sammich⁣⁣
The full how-to is linked on my instagram highlights. This quick sandwich is so fresh and satisfying.

Base: seeded bread, hummus, everything seasoning, cucumber, greens.⁣⁣
-Toast your Ezekiel break or seeded bread of choice ahead of time
-Pack your hummus, greens, and cucumber so it stays fresh and for easy assembly at work.⁣⁣

4. Energy-Boosting Chicken Salad⁣⁣
Say it with me: all.the.goods.⁣⁣
Extra protein from Greek yogurt+added sustenance from mashing an avocado in there before eating = perfect lunch ⁣⁣
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Makes four lunches ⁣:
-1 rotisserie chicken or 2 large chicken breasts (I poach mine with salt, garlic powder, and rosemary)⁣⁣
-1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in 1/2⁣⁣
-1/2 C plain Greek yogurt ⁣⁣
-4 green onions sliced thin⁣⁣
-1/3 C chopped pecans or walnuts ⁣⁣
-1/4 tsp garlic powder⁣⁣
-1/4 tsp salt⁣⁣
-Fresh cracked pepper to taste ⁣⁣
-each serving gets 1/4-1/2 fresh avocado smashed in right before eating.⁣⁣
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Serve over greens, with cucumbers and nut crackers-holy goodness your insides will have a dance party (and your energy levels will actually allow you to attend said dance party). 

Making quick+easy lunches that also work for you, not against you doesn’t have to be complicated! I can’t wait to see how you incorporate these into your work week!

Xoxo
-Em

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