lunchbox

‘the lunchbox series’

Since I’ve started making my own school lunch, I’ve decided to document it in a little project I’m calling ‘the lunchbox series’ to give y’all some ideas for healthy noms! Each day I’ll post my vegetarian lunch alongside the recipe (if there is one) so please follow along!
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TGIM! I’m having one mandarin, two strawberries and two fugly looking rice paper rolls (recipe in a previous post) filled with fresh basil, avocado, cucumber, carrot and a little dash of preservative free sweet-chilli sauce! nomnomnom

Lunchbox

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Everyday I have a salad for lunch, except for the days I have a burger, fries and diet coke. Believe it or not, salads don’t have to be as dull and boring as you may assume. Trust me when I say;  salads can be highly scrumptious. I lurve my salads. Not only are they very moreish, I also feel incredibly amazing/energised/hungry(just joking – I had to!) after eating them.

Here’s how I do my salads:

1.Pick your base:
-wholewheat couscous
-brown rice
-black rice
-quinoa
-barley
-pre-cut slaw mix

2.Throw in one or two veg: 
(raw is best but if you must cook them; boil, steam or oven bake with little or even better, 0 oil)
-capsicum
-tomato
-cucumber
-cauliflower
-carrot
-beetroot
-cabbage
-pumpkin
-broccoli
-asparagus
-the list is endless…

3.Some raw nuts:
-almonds
-cashews
-walnuts
-hazelnuts
-pecans
-etc etc etc

4.Some legumes
(You can cook your own or use canned or sprouted – just make sure the canned variety are all-natural with no additives)
-chickpeas
-peas
-beans
-lentils etc.

5.Handful of raw seeds:
-pumpkin seeds
-sunflower seeds
-chia seeds
-sesame seeds
-linseeds

6.One fruit (if you have a sweet tooth):
-apple
-pear
-peach
-strawberries
-melon

7.A smidgen of:
-cheese (feta, goats cheese, blue brie etc)
-dried fruit (raisins, apricots, figs and co)

8.Dress her up:
-lemon juice
-olive oil
-balsamic vinegar
-or a combination of the above! I also like mixing in a little seeded mustard, honey and/or apple cider vinegar

When it comes to salads, I try to make mine as crunchy and colourful as possible (hence the nuts and fruit). So go on, get your Picasso on and watch your body reap the benefits!