I was delighted to have my Zucchini & Chickpea Fritters recipe featured in the blog post below. Check out all of the other amazing lunch recipes too including the Roasted Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Frittata, pictured above, by Casey-Lee Lyons from Live Love Nourish.
Health & Fitness by Julia Hammond
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day then let’s make lunch the most fun. Jazz up your workday with a tasty and nutritious meal from some of our favourite dieticians, recipe gurus and food lovers. Here’s a week’s worth of healthy office lunches you can try.
Shredded Chicken Avocado Salad
By Becky Gilhespie from Eat What We
“This shredded chicken avocado salad is perfect for healthy lunches at your desk. The best part is that it is made from 1/2 of a roast chicken, so use the leftovers from dinner to make up your lunch for the next day. Eat on toasted sourdough, rolled in a tortilla wrap, on crackers or added to a salad- it is versatile, thrifty, healthy and delicious!” Check out Instagram for more.
Zucchini & Chickpea Fritters By Kate Coleman from No Packet November
“Zucchini & Chickpea Fritters are perfect at this time of year, with zucchini growing rapidly in most people's vegetable gardens. They can be made using only one bowl, and are a great source of protein and fibre, due to the addition of chickpeas. The fritters can be eaten hot from the frypan, or enjoyed cold for lunch the next day at work, with a salad and minted yoghurt.” Check out Facebook and Instagram for more.
MyDeal Pro Tip:
Every office needs a break space
It may seem like a great idea now that you have a packed, healthy lunch to just eat it at your desk and not waste any moment of your work day. But failing to take a proper lunch break will actually lower your productivity. Multitasking has generally been proven to be a farce and doing two things at once means you’re not giving proper attention to either.
Eating outside is the best choice as it will give you fresh air, the chance for a stroll and some much needed sunshine. But when things get busy and you can’t bear to be far from the desk it’s still better to retreat to a separate dining area in the office. A space full of colourful furniture creates a relaxed vibe to help you avoid burnout. Including home and garden decor like artificial plants or wall art is another way to remind your brain this is a break space, not a working one.
Quinoa Salad with Jalapenos By Casuarina Forsyth from Casuarina Forsyth Dietitian
“This quinoa salad ticks all the right boxes – it is quick, easy, delicious and can be made ahead to time to pack for lunch for the next few days. Add a lean source of protein (tin of tuna, grilled meat or boiled eggs), and you have yourself a nutritionally balanced meal that will keep you satisfied into the afternoon.” Check out Facebook and Instagram for more.
5 Minute Spicy Asian Chicken Salad By Dietician Nicola Moore from LifeShape Clinic
“Perfect for lunch, this salad is quick and delicious. The night before work, pop the dressing in a snap lock container ready to shake’n’pour the next day. The protein in the chicken will keep you fuller for longer, and fibre in the salad will keeping your digestive system healthy. The amino acids and minerals contained in Pepitas are also known for reducing stress and anxiety. They’re nature’s happy pill… Perfect for keeping you chill through that tough afternoon meeting!” Check out Facebook for more.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Frittata By Casey-Lee Lyons from Live Love Nourish
“Frittata is a great healthy option for lunch and can be made in advance to save you time throughout your working week. Loaded with nutritional beneﬁts, this recipe is packed with veggies and is gluten free and dairy free. I love making simple recipes like this one on a Sunday meal prep for healthy work lunches.” Check out Facebook or Instagram for more. Or download the Live Love Nourish free recipe e-book here.
Easy Asian Salmon By Kate Wengier from Foost
“Leftovers are awesome to take for lunch. I make extras of most of my dinners so I have a quick, healthy and delicious lunch for the next day. This recipe is so easy to make and so tasty. Serve with roast veg, stir fry, steamed veg or a salad.” Check out Facebook and Instagram for more.
Forget about that sluggish afternoon feeling. With a healthy workday lunch in your bag you’ll be powering through until the 5pm finish.