Healthy Food Swaps For Lunch
Make your lunch a little healthier with a few easy swaps for common foods.
1. Eat: Portobello-stuffed pizzas
Instead of: Regular pizza
Why? We know pizza is delicious, but from time-to-time you can opt for a healthier portobello mushroom option as a guilt-free delight.
2. Eat: Taco salad
Instead of: Tacos
Why? You’ll be able to pack in far more vegetables by having a salad with lettuce and salsa as your base. And by cutting out the tortilla altogether, you’ll save unnecessary calories.
3. Eat: Spaghetti squash, crushed tomatoes, and chicken meatballs
Instead of: Spaghetti noodles, store-bought sauce, and beef meatballs
Why? The squash offers healthy nutrients but with the same fun texture as spaghetti—the crushed tomatoes won’t have added sugar like most store-bought sauces. And chicken meatballs have far less fat than regular meatballs.
1. Eat: Roasted chickpeas
Instead of: Chips
Why? Aside from not being fried, roasted chickpeas are higher in fiber and protein and lower in unhealthy fats.
2. Eat: Chocolate chip energy bites
Instead of: Chocolate chip cookies
Why? With a few simple ingredient swaps, you can sub flax and chia seed (a healthy fat and fiber) and cut out white sugar, flour, and butter.
3. Eat: Spiced popcorn
Instead of: Bagged popcorn
Why? Making your own popcorn will seriously cut calories, and adding spices like garlic powder, chili powder, or paprika allows you to cut even more of the oil or butter.
Related: Healthy Swaps for Breakfast
SelectHealth may link to other websites for your convenience. SelectHealth does not expressly or implicitly recommend or endorse the views, opinions, specific services, or products referenced at other websites linked to the SelectHealth site, unless explicitly stated.
The content presented here is for your information only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, and it should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns