Craving healthy lunch ideas? I’ve got you covered with 25 nourishing & delicious recipes, including this quick and easy Spinach, Mozzarella, Tomato and Chickpea Salad that will energize you all afternoon long!
Note: Thank you so much to the American Diabetes Association for shipping me a #MyHealthyLunch kit so I can share this delicious salad with all of you, and help spread the work about #HealthyLunchDay. I was not compensated to write this post, but I am thrilled to partner with other health organizations and healthy living bloggers to help spread the word that healthy is delicious!
Today’s post is quick.
Because I know you’ve got work to do.
Just like me.
Which is why I’m sharing this delicious QUICK & EASY Spinach, Mozzarella, Tomato, and Chickpea Salad courtesy of the American Diabetes Association’s #HealthyLunchDay campaign which aims to promote the importance of healthier lunch habits not only on November 17, but every day of the year!
Before I share the recipe with you, here are some of my favorite healthy lunch ideas tips & tricks…
What should I bring for lunch? Tips for creating your own healthy lunch ideas…
- Think balance! Choose foods & ingredients that provide a balance of protein, fiber-packed complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats to help energize you all afternoon long.
- Portion size matters. Unless you have the opportunity to take an afternoon siesta, I find keeping portions to a modest size, also helps to keep your blood sugar balanced so you don’t come crashing down right after lunch.
- Embrace leftovers. Pair last night’s dinner with a side of raw veggies, a piece of fresh fruit, or a side of Greek yogurt, and you’re good to go.
- Keep it hot! Or, cold. If you pack your lunch to go, invest in a few food storage containers to keep your lunch at the optimum temperature. These are a few of my favorites:
- If you can reheat food in a microwave: Glass Food Storage Containers
- If you need to keep food hot or cold: Mira Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Lunch Thermos
- For “salad-in-a-jar” lovers: Aladdin Mason Salad Jar
- All-purpose insulated lunch bag: Upper Order Insulated Lunch Box Tote
Spinach, Mozzarella, Tomato and Chickpea Salad
- 6 ounces fresh mozzarella balls, drained and quartered
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 cup no-salt-added canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar, or your favorite vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 12 ounces fresh baby spinach
- Optional, 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Combine mozzarella balls*, tomatoes, and chickpeas in a medium bowl. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, plus optional oregano if desired.
- Divide spinach into 2 or 4 plates, top with mozzarella, tomato, and chickpea mixture.
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Do you have any quick, easy, healthy lunch ideas of your own? Please share!!
Hi There! I’m EA, a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) in sunny San Diego. I create easy, DELICIOUS gluten free recipes & low FODMAP recipes for a wide variety of diets. Learn more about my nutrition philosophy and my nutrition coaching for digestive health, autoimmune disease, wellness nutrition, & vibrant aging. Sign up for my newsletter, or get in touch~I’d love to connect with you!