Week-day lunch for most folk should fulfill two criteria: it must be easy and quick to prepare, and it also should be tasty and enjoyable. For persons on the vegan diet, sometimes they can get a bit exhausted of thinking of new and exciting lunch ideas that are easy to prepare. In actual fact, there are so many tasty ideas and recipes for healthy vegan lunches, it's all about knowing your options! Below are some fun and delicious ideas for your vegan lunch, as well as some delicious and super easy vegan lunch recipes for you to make.
Crackers With Many Toppings
Vegan food brands have hit the supermarket shelves more than ever, which makes it much easier for the modern (busy) vegan to eat a quick nutritious meal! Choose a variety of vegan crackers and crispbreads, and enjoy them with avocado, soy margarine and sliced tomato, hummus or another homemade dip (or store-bought vegan dip, which you can find if you study the ingredients carefully), vegan peanut butter and jam, or mustard and salad.
Sandwich, Wrap or Bread roll
Purchase your vegan bread from the supermarket or your local health shop and freeze it to ensure an easy vegan lunch. Make your sandwich with avocado, bean sprouts, and any salad ingredient you fancy. For protein, enjoy tinned legumes such as lentils, four-bean mix or chickpeas. Otherwise you can add to your sandwich some cooked vegan bacon, scrambled "eggs" (tofu), grated vegan cheese, hummus spread or you could fry a vegan patty and put it on your sandwich or bread roll. You have many options for a delicious and nutritious vegan sandwich, wrap or bread roll. Don't make the same sandwich every day - it's important to have variety in your diet.
Salads can either be low-calorie or very sustaining, whichever you fancy or fulfills your current needs. Salads are actually one of the most popular vegan lunches because they are healthy, versatile, and often very quick and easy to make. Make your own garden salad with tomatoes, olives, lettuce, onions, cucumber, balsamic dressing and chickpeas. Or for a high-protein salad, mix together in a bowl four-been mix or chickpeas, cubed capsicum, red onion, chopped cucumber, parsley, and balsamic dressing. Add some cubed avocado to make your salad more sustaining if you wish. If you are tired of eating the same salads, you should search online or download a vegan recipe e-book for hundreds of vegan lunch recipes and salad ideas to make your food more fun and delicious.
For your salad dressings, you can just use olive oil and lemon juice or vinegar, or otherwise follow a simple vegan salad dressing recipe and store it in the fridge for up to one week. It is important to add a tasty salad dressing to your salads, as this not only makes the salad taste heavenly, but it also provides you with essential fats (olive oil) and salts that you need in your daily diet for optimal nutrition. Make a balsamic dressing, a hummus dressing, a vegan "mayo" and herb dressing, a curry dressing, a mustard dressing... the list of tasty dressings is endless! So begin your hunt today for some tasty salad dressing recipes to boost your salads taste and nutrition to the next level!
Some folk actually prefer their meal in a cup, whether it be for weight loss reasons or simply personal preference! Make your smoothie at home in the morning and put it in a large, leak-free smoothie bottle, preferably keeping it cool with an ice-brick. Create your smoothie from almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, soy yogurt, coconut-milk yogurt, agave nectar, maple syrup, cinnamon, spices, walnuts, slithered almonds, brazil nuts, water, coconut oil, flax seeds, chia seeds, linseeds, berries, bananas, avocado (try it out), spinach (that's right), mango, pineapple, raisins, dates... the list of vegan smoothie ingredients is endless. A smoothie is an easy option for a vegan lunch. If you are not the best at creating your own recipe concoction, look for recipes on the internet or in vegan recipe e-books. Sometimes following a recipe or just getting some ideas about what ingredients go together will make your smoothie experience so much tastier!
So you see, there are many healthy ideas for you vegan lunches that are relatively easy and hassle-free. It's important to vary your lunches and meals so that your food does not get boring, and also so that you can get a variety of essential nutrients in your diet.
Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices provide flavour with healthy benefits to lunches. Good ones to include are cumin, (a warming spice), basil (often used in pesto), parsley, cilantro, oregano, rosemary, ginger, dill or anise and of course garlic. A little goes a long way and adds extra flavoring to your meals to make them more tasty and enjoyable.
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