3 simple gut loving lunches
Without a plan, your day can become an all day snack fest…which is actually really bad for your gut health!
Now I love healthy wholefoods but I definitely have a criteria when it comes to lunches – it needs to be delicious, quick and do-able! I don’t have the luxury of spending hours in the kitchen everyday. I wish I could channel Nigella at times, but I’m a working mum and it’s just not realistic!
The key is to choose meals where you can batch cook, make large amounts and freeze them. Meals that have infinite variety so you never get bored, and that bulk up your veg intake which is super important for fibre and gut health.
So there are three cheap, tasty and easy lunch meals that I make a lot. And I actually love them so much I could rotate these everyday for the rest of my life and still be satisfied!
Enhance them with anti-inflammatory foods such as ginger, turmeric and herbs, plus add in gut-loving polyphenols, onions, garlic, legumes – the potential here is endless. Take it a step further and add in 1tsp of bone broth concentrate to your bowl too, which will help with tissue repair. Or potatoes, where once the soup is cooled & reheated it becomes resistant starch which your gut bugs love.
TIP: try sprinkling some dried seaweed on top for an extra mineral boost.
The perfect family-friendly, tummy-filling meal. Serve with a side of leafy greens drizzled with olive oil or apple cider vinegar. Pack it full of prebiotic foods like sweet potato, onion & garlic and add some coriander for an amazing taste combo.
- Roast veggie leftover bowl.
Step 1: roast a big batch of seasonal veggies to last a few days.
Step 2: come lunch time, throw together said veggies into a bowl with anything you have in your fridge or pantry. Some ideas are: leafy greens, feta, halloumi, avocado, hummus, tahini, quinoa, rice, chicken, tinned tuna or salmon, falafels, boiled eggs. These veggies literally pair with just about anything! Finish off your roast veggie bowl with a sprinkle of toasted seeds.
So if you’re struggling to know what to eat for lunch or how to prepare meals for work that won’t sabotage all your gut health efforts at home, ask yourself, what soup or frittata can I make on Monday to have in the fridge to go all week?
Please share your creations and tag me, I’d love to see!