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Healthy weekday lunch hacks

by Marion Piper on Thursday 25 October 2018


There’s nothing wrong with eating out at a café or restaurant. However, it can get expensive if you’re doing it every day on your work lunchbreak. It can be hard to make the best choices for your health when you’re pressed for time, too.

There are so many easy, healthy lunch recipes out there, but often they require dedicated preparation time and a whole lot of ingredients. Here are some office lunch hacks you can do to give your meal the healthy boost it might be craving.  

Who says you can’t make friends with salad?

Think making a salad is firmly in the too hard basket? It doesn’t have to be.

Prepping a salad for your lunchbox, especially when it’s full of the foods you love to eat, doesn't actually take too long and can make for an easy lunchtime treat. When it comes to salads, the simpler the better (and often tastier), so keep it basic with 3 to 4 of your fav ingredients for a quick and tasty win.  

ANYTHING on toast

Avocado, tuna, salad, cottage cheese, or even last night’s bolognese sauce – all of these can go a treat on toast. If you’re short on time, keep a loaf of bread in the freezer at work so all your have to do is bring a few toppings.  

Leftovers? Yes please. 

Next time you’re making dinner, double the recipe so you have enough for lunch the next day. It takes no extra effort and ‘future you’ will be so grateful for the food. It will also save you time and money in the process.  

Greens +  a protein + nuts + a simple dressing = A happy belly

Follow this simple formula and you can create an infinite number of awesome lunchtime combinations.

Try this: spinach leaves, a hard-boiled egg, a handful of almonds and a splash of olive oil.

These are the building blocks for a happy and full stomach!  

1 in, 1 out!

During the workday, it can be tempting to turn to fast food for a quick hit of energy. Here are some simple food substitutions:

•      Swap the hot chips for rice or salad;
•      Instead of deep-fried, opt for grilled options;
•      Choose a glass of water before a high sugar drink; and 
•      Make sure you're always hydrated when you're feeling hungry.

Healthy eating starts at your next shop, so try to fill your basket with more fruits and vegetables. That way, you’ll up your chances of making better (and easier) choices for every meal, not just lunch.  

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