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NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-Sandwich Lunch Recipes

NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-Sandwich Lunch Recipes

While sandwiches are perfect for days when we’re running late or have a hankering for a kid-like lunch again, take a step outside the (lunch) box and try a few non-sandwich lunch recipes once and awhile. You can create a more exciting, more satiating, and possibly healthier lunch with just a few tweaks here and there.

You’ll want to select a nice mix of easy-to-digest protein, some healthy fats, and some fiber when you create your lunch. This combination will ensure that your lunch fills you up without weighing you down. Start with some of the options below and turn lunch into a more exciting part of your day with these non-sandwich lunch recipes. Don’t worry, they’re still very easy to make, and many of these options can be made ahead of time just like sandwiches. You never know—you might just find a new favorite lunch recipe!

1. Avocado Egg Salad

NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

    The Roasted Root

    Don’t limit your egg salad to mayo alone—opt for something just as filling but a little lighter with the almighty avocado. Packed with healthy fats, fiber and even a little protein, avocado can be a great addition to any lunch of your choice. Its creamy nature creates a delectable egg salad in this recipe by The Roasted Root. Enjoy it plain, top a bed of greens with it, or slather it on some toast or crackers for an easy meal in minutes.

    2. Healthy Buffalo Chicken Wrap

    NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

      The Creative Bite

      Wraps may be similar to sandwiches, but they have the benefit of being able to be created out of any type of wrap you wish. There’s now whole grain, coconut, and even veggie-based wraps you can choose from. This Healthy Buffalo Chicken Wrap happens to use a whole grain wrap and is a healthier version of traditional Buffalo wraps you might be used to. Get the easy recipe from The Creative Bite and see what you think!

      3. Pasta and Avocado Caesar Salad

      NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

        Natasha’s Kitchen

        Perhaps you just can’t give up all the carbs at lunch. Now you don’t have to since this recipe by Natasha’s Kitchen uses pasta for a quick and easy lunch salad recipe that’s filling yet still light too. Make it ahead, and whip it out when hunger strikes!

        4. Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

        NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

          Iowa Girl Eats

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          Salad should not be boring, especially at lunch where it’s the main meal of your mid-day eats. So take your salad up a few notches and add some light protein along with a fabulous salad dressing recipe. This Superfood Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette by Iowa Girl Eats has you covered.

          5. Quinoa Chicken Bowls With a Mango Salsa

          NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

            Chelsea’s Messy Apron

            Bowls are all the rage right now, and the possibilities for quick combinations are limitless. Prepare a batch of chicken and quinoa ahead of time, along with the salsa, and use them in a variety of your meals throughout the week for quick and easy meals that contain healthy ingredients. These Quinoa Chicken Bowls With a Mango Salsa are the perfect option to start with!

            6. Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad

            NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

              Cook Eat Paleo

              Just like egg salad can be made with avocados, so can tuna salad. In fact, tuna salad made with avocado isn’t only nice and colorful, but it’s also more filling thanks to the extra fiber found in avocados. Here’s a fun fact: Both tuna and avocados pack heart-healthy fats, so you can feel especially good about noshing on this lunch recipe by Cook Eat Paleo each day!

              7. Creamy Turkey Pinwheels

              NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                Yummy Healthy Easy

                Pinwheels are a more exciting form of wraps in a way. They’re also a bit easier to eat and can be dipped into any sauce of your choice. These Creamy Turkey Pinwheels by Yummy Healthy Easy are easy to make, and they will keep you filled up all afternoon long thanks to the lean protein found in turkey and the fiber found in the other ingredients.

                8. Avocado Toast With Eggs, Spinach and Tomatoes

                NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                  Two Peas & Their Pod

                  Topped toast is also nice to enjoy at lunch, and it can be a little lighter than bread-heavy sandwiches. Use a whole grain or gluten-free toast of choice and top it with this protein-rich topping using eggs, spinach, and avocados created by Two Peas & Their Pod. Or, if you’re not into bread at all for lunch, just enjoy it without toast—it will still keep you full and taste just as great!

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                  9. Pizza Pasta Salad

                  NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                    Spend With Pennies

                    Pizza is a favorite of many for lunch, but you can lighten up your pizza and lunch with this Pizza Pasta Salad by Spend With Pennies. Plus, who wouldn’t love to dive into this recipe for lunch and not need a nap right after?

                    10. Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper, and Feta Turkey Wrap

                    NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                      NeighborFood

                      Light, filling, and totally satisfying, this Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper, and Feta Turkey Wrap by NeighborFood makes for an easy lunch recipe that you can make ahead just like sandwiches. If you choose a whole grain wrap, you’ll even pack in some extra fiber too!

                      11. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup

                      NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                        DAMN delicious

                        Maybe you’re feeling under the weather, craving something cozy, or you just happen to love soup. Whatever the case, soup can serve as the perfect make-ahead lunch that happens to taste even better a few days later after it sits in the fridge. Or, make a batch of this Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup by DAMN delicious in the slow-cooker during the night, and carry it the next day to work to share with your co-workers. Just be warned, you might have them asking you to make it again and again!

                        12. Balsamic Chicken Salad With Lemon Quinoa

                        NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                          Cafe Delights

                          Salad can be a nice lunch option for those that prefer something light and filling. It can also be enjoyable to look at and makes a lovely canvas for limitless amounts of ingredients. This Balsamic Chicken Salad With Lemon Quinoa by Cafe Delights is the perfect combination of lean protein, fiber from greens and veggies, and fiber from the almighty quinoa grain-like seed. You won’t be hungry all day after this lunch!

                          13. Paleo Lemon Tahini Tuna Salad

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                          NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                            Stupid Easy Paleo

                            Paleo recipes eliminate grains and legumes, so lunch options that cater to Paleo devotees make great non-sandwich lunch recipes to turn to when you want something without bread for your mid-day meal. Don’t let the bread-free part fool you, though; Paleo Lemon Tahini Tuna Salad by Stupid Easy Paleo still pack satiety thanks to the high amounts of protein, fiber, and healthy fats so you’ll feel great all day long!

                            14. Tropical Lentil Lunch Bowls With Coconut Lime Dressing

                            NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                              Sweet Peas AND Saffron

                              Take a vacation with your lunch every once and awhile and try some exotic flavor at lunch. Tropical lentil Lunch Bowls With Coconut Lime Dressing is a fun one to start with, and it’s a great source of meatless protein and fiber thanks to the use of lentils. The dressing alone is worth giving this recipe by Sweet Peas AND Saffron a shot—you won’t regret it!

                              15. California Roll Sushi Bowl

                              NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                                Wonky Wonderful

                                Love sushi? Then you need this California Roll Sushi Bowl recipe by Wonky Wonderful in your lunch routine (and life). It isn’t only filled with traditional sushi ingredients, but it’s also quick to throw together and there’s no need for time-consuming sushi rolling here!

                                16. Rice Bowl With Fried Egg and Avocado

                                NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich-Lunch-Recipes-Lifehack

                                  bon appétit

                                  Eggs make a great lunch option because they’re packed with protein, lighter than meat, and they even have some heart-healthy fats. While hard-boiled eggs are nice, fried eggs can have some major appeal to those that prefer a warm option. Plus, this Rice Bowl With Fried Egg and Avocado by bon appétit can be thrown together in less than five minutes if you have your rice made ahead of time. Choose whatever rice you want, grab a skillet, and go!

                                  17. Tuna Patties

                                  NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                                    Simply Recipes

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                                    Tuna patties are loved by both children and adults, so enjoy some tuna patties for lunch a little more often. You can turn this recipe from Simple Recipes into your own lunch creation by either pairing it with a salad, some veggies, your favorite dip, and even serve them with lettuce and a whole grain bun just like a beef burger. Make these ahead and enjoy all week long!

                                    18. Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl

                                    NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                                      delish knowledge

                                      Vegans rejoice! This Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl packs meatless protein that’s still hearty, and it has a tangy, Thai flavor thanks to the peanut sauce that can be made ahead and used on salads, bowls, and wraps throughout the week. This recipe by delish knowledge would even make for the perfect meatless dinner on another note. Don’t let tofu scare you if you’ve never had it—you just might love it!

                                      19. Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Wraps

                                      NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                                        CREME de la CRUMB

                                        Speaking of exotic flavors, why not use the humble pineapple in your lunch every once and awhile to give you a tropical treat? Here’s a nutrition secret you might like to know too: Pineapple contains a special enzyme called bromelain that helps break down proteins making the protein easier to digest. This means you can get the most ‘bang for your buck’ from whatever protein you pair with pineapple, plus the bright yellow fruit even offers vitamin C too. Get the recipe for Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Wraps by CREME de la CRUMB and give it a try this week!

                                        20. Strawberry Pecan Spinach Salad

                                        NO MORE SANDWICHES! 20 Handy Non-sandwich Lunch Recipes

                                          Culinary Hill

                                          Finally, for a healthy, filling and still light salad, this amazing creation by Culinary Hill is one of the best non-sandwich lunch recipes you can try during spring and summer. Feel free to add whatever lean protein you want for a more filling option, rotate the nuts if you prefer to, and enjoy the sweet and savory flavors that this salad offers—it’s a winner for sure!

                                          Want more creative and easy lunch ideas? These other 20 sandwich-free ideas have you covered!

                                          Featured photo credit: bon appétit via bonappetit.com

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                                          Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                                          The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                          The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                          You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                                          Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                                          Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                                          An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                                          Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                                          1. The Paleo Diet

                                          The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                                          The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                                          In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                                          How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                                          The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                                          With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                                          It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                                          Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                                          2. Whole30

                                          The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                                          With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                                          During the month you are eliminating:

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                                          • sugar
                                          • alcohol
                                          • legumes
                                          • grains
                                          • dairy
                                          • soy

                                          Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                                          At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                                          Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                                          Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                                          With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                                          This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                                          3. The Mediterranean Diet

                                          The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                                          For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                                          With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                                          • Fruits & vegetables
                                          • Whole grains
                                          • Legumes & nuts
                                          • Replacing butter with olive oil
                                          • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                                          • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                                          • Moderate amounts of red wine

                                          Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                                          Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                                          With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                                          4. The Alkaline Diet

                                          The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                                          The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                                          Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                                          The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                                          People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                                          One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                                          Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                                          There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                                          The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                                          What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                                          The Big Takeaway:

                                          Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                                          Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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