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3 simple lunchbox meals for adults

January 17 2018 by Jess

If your new year's resolution involves meal prepping, try some of these easy and healthy lunch recipes from our nutritionist, perfect for packing in a lunchbox or keeping in the fridge.

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One of my new year focuses, is to make a conscious effort to prepare more of my meals, for a few different reasons.

Jess, graze nutritionist
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  1. You know exactly what’s gone into your meals and you can customize it exactly to your tastebuds and nutritional needs. Often shop bought meals are shy on protein and are generous on simple carbohydrates. These have a steady release of energy, so when you’re trying to concentrate at work, they aren't the right balance of macronutrients - it should be the other way around.

  2. It’s kinder on the planet, compared to picking up a shop-bought, packaged meal. A sturdy lunch box and a portable spork will serve you well time and again.

  3. It’s lighter on the pocket and a more energy efficient use of your time. Simply make an extra portion at dinner time and transfer it straight into a Tupperware dish for the following day. Switch your walk to the shops for a walk in nature where you appreciate the surroundings, as opposed to being on a lunch purchasing mission.

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Pesto quinoa with roasted veggies

This is so so simple and it tastes delicious hot or cold, if you wanted to re-heat it or enjoy it just as it is.

Cook up some quinoa, stir in some homemade or shop-bought pesto and mix it thoroughly. Roast some veggies in olive oil, garlic and a splash of balsamic vinegar and there you have a simple, yet tasty combination of complex carbs, color and taste.

If you want to add a touch of additional protein to the meal to compliment the veggie protein from the quinoa, add some prawns or chicken to the pesto quinoa.

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Grated beetroot and carrot salad on a bed of fresh rocket with avocado and hummus

This is one of my favorite salad combinations.

Grate two carrots, one fresh beets and lightly combine the two. Drizzle some olive oil on top and serve it with some rocket leaves, some smashed avocado with lemon juice and black pepper and a dollop of hummus. For additional protein add some garlic prawns or chicken.

This lunch has a Lebanese feel and is full of flavor and color.

our nutritionist's hummus recipe
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Sweet potato wedges, mackerel pate and green peas

A spin on fish and fries and very lunch box appropriate.

Blend smoked mackerel with yogurt, lemon juice and black pepper to make your own pate. Prepare your sweet potato wedges and roast in the oven at 390°F for 40 minutes in some melted coconut oil with some sea salt sprinkled on top. Serve with some green peas.

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Add some nuts to your lunchbox to enjoy between lunch and dinner. The balance of protein and fibre is perfect for getting you through that mid-afternoon slump.

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at for even more.

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