Healthy Lunch Options for Weight Loss

April 30, 2011
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Are you on a weight loss diet program? Bored with eating the same diet food day in day out? Does the menu at your office cafeteria tempt you every time you have your diet lunch? Your weight loss diet does not have to be so boring. All you need to do is introduce variety and make healthy food choices. Here are some great, easy and healthy lunch ideas to help you lose weight.

Lime and Coriander Couscous

Ingredients

1.Couscous: 1 cup

2.Lime rind, finely grated: 2 teaspoon

3.Lime juice: half a lime

4.Coriander, fresh and finely chopped: 2 tablespoon

5.Red capsicum, chopped: ½

6.Red onion, chopped: ¼

7.Lebanese cucumber, chopped: 1

8.Boiling water: 1 cup

Preparation

Take a heat proof bowl and place the couscous in it. Now add the boiling water and cover it. Let it stand for about five minutes. Toss in the lime juice and rind, onion, coriander, cucumber and capsicum. That’s it. How is that for a quick lunch? Serve in small bowls with veggie crudités and a leafy salad. This preparation will serve six.

Tabouli Salad

Ingredients

1.Finely chopped large tomatoes: 2

2.Lemon juice: ¼ cup

3.Cracked wheat: ½ cup

4.Chopped fresh parsley: 4 cups

5.Finely chopped, small red onion: 1

6.Chopped fresh mint: 1 cup

7.Olive oil: ¼ cup

Preparation

Take a bowl and place the lemon juice, tomato and wheat in it. Let it stand for around 30 minutes till the wheat softens. Toss in the remaining ingredients and combine. And you are done. Serve it with Lebanese style bread and plain yoghurt. This preparation will serve four.

Chickpea Pasta and Spinach Soup

Ingredients

1.Olive oil: 1 tablespoon

2.Chopped large onion: 1

3.Diced tomatoes: 1 can

4.Crushed garlic: 2 cloves

5.Vegetable broth: 4 cups

6.Drained chickpeas: 1 can

7.Pasta shapes, small: ½ cup

8.Coarsely chopped fresh spinach: 227 grams

9.Pepper: ¼ teaspoon

Preparation

Take a large saucepan and begin heating the oil in it. Add the garlic and chopped onions and cook till it softens, for about six to eight minutes. Now pour in the vegetable broth, tomatoes, pasta and chickpeas. Bring it to a boil using medium high heat. Then lower the heat and keep simmering till the pasta turns tender, for about 10 minutes. However, make sure the pasta does not turn mushy. Add the spinach and stir. Now cook for about one to two minutes. Season the dish with pepper according to taste. This preparation will serve six.

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