Last week I shared with you my favourite healthy breakfast options for when I’m pressed for time, on the go, or just fancy treating myself. And now, we move on to lunch. Normally I bring a prepped lunch or bring the ingredients for a hearty salad, but sometimes (and more often than not right now) things are busy and I just can’t be bothered. Thankfully though, my little corner of London offers a fantastic range of nutritious options. So, the key things I look for in an on-the-go lunch option are:
- Slow release carbs such as brown rice, wholewheat bread or beans
- High protein content
- Some decent healthy fats
Here are my top picks:
Itsu: Chicken n’ Brown Rice Miso
This is hands-down my favourite lunchtime treat, especially when I’m ill or doing a large volume of training- the slow release carbs from the brown rice keep my energy levels up, whilst the chicken gives me a nice boost of protein that keeps me full. Oh, and it tastes amazing too.
- Calories: 343
- Protein: 32.2g
- Carbs: 35.5g
- Fat: 8g
Pret: Smoky Chorizo Chicken Soup
I’m so in love with Pret soup that I know their Soup of the Day rotation by heart- a bit sad, I know. But this one is my favourite due to its high protein content and wonderful taste. You can also add a chunky bread roll if you fancy upping your carbs, or have one of their new smaller “side” portions with a sandwich.
- Calories: 233
- Protein: 15.9g
- Carbs: 21.1g
- Fat: 8.1g
Leon: Mini Chicken Meatballs
Great things often come in small packages, and this is no exception to the rule. I often have this when my body is really craving meat, and it’s just fantastic. I love that Leon offers smaller portion sizes of some of its classics, so you can treat yourself without heading for an afternoon food coma.
- Calories: 490g
- Protein: 18.2g
- Carbs: 65.9g
- Fat: 18.8g
Abokado: Red Thai Chicken on Brown Rice
Another asian-inspired healthy choice- I really love the slow release carbs and high-protein content, plus the red thai sauce is gorgeously decadent but surprisingly healthy! I was frustrated when I checked the website for nutritional information and found that the only info available was total calorie and fat content. I like restaurants to be completely transparent when it comes to nutrition, so this isn’t ideal. However, it’s still a good healthy choice so I’m including it nonetheless.
- Calories: 378
- Fat: 13g
Greggs: Mexican Chicken Sandwich
A bit of a curveball in this list of healthy options, but Greggs truly has been pulling it out of the bag recently with more balanced options. In particular I love this chicken sandwich on wholewheat bread, which definitely caters to those days when you just need carbs. It’s certainly a lot better than a sad supermarket prawn sarnie!
- Calories: 393
- Protein: 23g
- Carbs: 49g
- Fat: 12g
It’s so great that brands are increasingly looking to appeal to consumers’ health concerns- who’d have thought five years ago that Gregg’s could position itself as a balanced meal option? Given that eating healthily and nourishing my body well is one of my top priorities in life, I’m encouraged by what I’ve been seeing recently and can’t wait to see more of what’s to come!
Where do you go for healthy eats?
Lots of love,