If you’re a workaholic, chances are that you often find yourself drained at the end of the day. But if you have the right food, this could have a positive impact on your entire day!
One of the reasons that your energy is draining could be the food that you eat for lunch. Eating a heavy or an unhealthy lunch can send your digestive system on an overdrive – it will use all the energy of the body to digest your lunch. This is when your energy levels drop and you become lethargic!
Is there a solution to this? Yes! Eat smaller and healthier lunches. This way your energy levels will remain high throughout the day.
Here are 5 tips to convert your current lunch box into a healthy one.
- Vegetable pulao (with raita)
This is one healthy lunchbox plan that will please your taste buds, fight hunger pangs and provide you with energy all day. An added benefit is that it takes very little time to prepare vegetable pulao.
The veggies you can add to your pulao are –
- Green beans
How will these vegetables benefit your health?
- Enhance your immunity
- Improve your eyesight
- Ease constipation
- Help you lose weight
- Keep your memory sharp
If you make your pulao with brown rice or millets or Dalia (Bulgur) then it would be extra beneficial for you. You should also consume cucumber or carrot raita with your pulao that will keep your body temperature stable and speed up digestion.
- Moong dal Khichdi (with pickle)
Take It Easy on your tummy! Some days, try to add khichdi to your lunch because it is a very nutritious option for your healthy lunchbox and easy on your stomach as well. It tastes amazing and can be a comfort food during a very stressful day at work.
Khichdi is prepared with minimal oil or ghee but packs a nutritional punch, thanks to the moong dal. You can also add peas and a few vegetables to increase its nutritional worth. Here are a few reasons you need to indulge in a plate slurpy khichdi–
- Ayurveda loves khichdi. According to this ancient medicinal science, khichdi can balance all the three doshas- pitta, vata and kapha. This is essential for overall good health.
- It is a complete meal because it contains all the nutrients you need daily such as calcium, magnesium, all the vitamins, amino acids and just the right amount of calories.
- It detoxifies the body.
Enjoy khichdi with a slice of mango pickle.
- Chapati, a bowl of vegetables with salad and curd
Do you want a lunchbox option that is healthy and won’t sit heavily on your stomach? Just make yourself a couple of chapatis, preferably with whole wheat flour. Make a simple curry with lots of healthy vegetables such as pumpkin, brinjal, okra, cauliflower, peas, carrots, etc.
Your salad can include cucumbers and tomatoes with a sprinkling of lemon juice. Here are a few benefits of this lunch-
- It gives you healthy carbohydrates that you need for energy
- The chapatis keep your blood sugar stable
- It can prevent anemia
- Curd is probiotic, which means it is good for your healthy gut bacteria
- The salad keeps your heart strong
- Methi paratha (with mint chutney)
Parathas made with methi or fenugreek leaves taste delicious and are one of the best healthy lunch box ideas. When cooked with minimal or no oil, they can –
- Lower the level of bad cholesterol in your body
- Prevent as well as control diabetes
- Help prevent weight gain
- Improve digestion
You can also dip methi paratha in mint chutney for added taste. Apart from methi paratha, you can also make parathas from other healthier alternatives like cabbage and radish. Embrace your parathas and include them in your lunchbox in any form you like!
- Rajma Chawal (with salad)
Why is rajma chawal a beloved Indian lunch option? Because it is tasty, nutritious and easy to cook. Let us look at why it should be in your lunchbox-
- Provides protein for your muscles
- Sharpens your mind
- May prevent cancer
- Prevents high blood pressure
Rajma chawal tastes best if you throw in a salad bowl including cucumbers, onions and carrots. You can also consider other lentils like moong or green peas as an alternative to rajma.
Now, all you have to do is put these easy to make tips in use. Don’t stick to just one lunch plan. Vary them periodically so that both your taste buds and overall health is satisfied!