Try These Lunch Ideas as You Begin Your Journey on a Paleo Diet
You are ready to make lifestyle changes as you begin your Paleo diet. You’ve got your fridge loaded with healthy veggies, you’ve flipped through your new Paleo cookbook featuring pictures of delicious, budget-friendly meals, and you’ve purged your kitchen of processed foods you won’t be eating. You’re mentally cataloging all of the expected health benefits of your new lifestyle when it hits you.
What will you do about lunch? It’s not just the Paleo diet; many good eating habits go by the wayside when it comes to lunchtime. If you want to get the full benefit of your decision to go Paleo, you’ll need to do a little planning ahead. Here are a few ideas for lunch to help you get started for a successful switch to Paleo:
Kabobs for Lunch
These are easy, because they don’t require any cutlery and they can even be eaten on-the-go. Cut up cold chicken, beef or turkey and then spear them with wooden skewers, along with tomatoes, pepper slices and any other veggies that you like. Sprinkle a little seasoning on and pack them in foil.
A Simple Brown Bag
Grab a brown paper bag, then toss in an apple and mini cucumbers or carrots. Add a few nuts and protein, like a hard-boiled egg, and you’re ready for lunch.
You’ll need to think ahead a bit for this one, but you can make double-recipes of your favorite Paleo foods at dinner, then pack individual servings to put in the freezer. All you have to do in the morning before work is grab your selection from your freezer. Vegetable soups are an easy way to use this tip.
If you make grilled chicken for dinner, make an extra breast and then cut it up to eat on a salad for lunch the next day. Even if you only have a little bit of leftovers, add a side of fruit or veggies and you’ll still have a satisfying combination.
Go Out to Lunch
If you’re new at eating a Paleo diet, you may feel intimidated by restaurant food at first. However, you can always order a salad with olive oil, or broiled fish with a side of veggies. Even if you’re stuck with fast food, ask for a burger with lettuce in place of the bun or choose a restaurant that serves salads. You might be surprised how easy it is to adapt a menu to your Paleo options.
If you’re committing to a Paleo diet, don’t go it alone! At Mosaic Life Care Journey’s Café, we offer a variety of Paleo-friendly menu options every week. Whether you’re meeting a friend for lunch or picking up a take home meal, you’ll find fresh, delicious entrees that you’ll love.