Go-To Lunches

Good morning everyone!

I want to share a couple of my new favorite go-to lunches with you. I tend to get in a real lunchtime rut, especially when I’m eating healthfully…I’m not all that creative with my regular meals and sometimes I need to make an effort to change it up!

So, you can imagine my excitement when I recently created a super yummy wrap that is delicious and also totally filling! Here is what I did…

First, I bought a tub of Philadelphia whipped cream cheese. Buying the whipped is important because it’s light and fluffy and also lighter in calories than a regular block of cream cheese. It’s also easier to mix seasonings into because it’s light and fluffy…I mixed in half a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix to make a yummy ranch cream cheese.

I spread 2 tbsp of the ranch cream cheese onto a low-carb whole wheat tortilla.

For an extra punch of protein, I added 1 ounce of sliced smoked turkey. You could use chicken, or anything else you have on hand. Then I added lots of lettuce…about 3 handfuls! The more you can fit into your tortilla and still wrap it up, the better.

Then I added a couple of crisp pickle slices and some sliced black olives.

Wrap it up and you’re good to go!

I put a toothpick in the wrap to hold it together for the picture, but really I eat it like a big lettuce taco. The ranch cream cheese gives it a huge punch of flavor, which I love…and if you’re filling the tortilla with fresh veggies, you can totally splurge on ~150 calories or so of cream cheese!

You can also totally switch up what you fill the tortilla with…some thick slices of heirloom tomato and some avocado slices would be delicious! Use whatever you have on hand for a super filling and yummy wrap.

My other very favorite go-to lunch is a monster salad! This was my lunch yesterday…

About 5 handfuls of greens (a mix of lettuces and spinach)…some grilled chicken, a couple cups of strawberries, some pecan halves, a few blue cheese crumbles, a sprinkling of dried cranberries and a drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette dressing. I DIE. So delicious!

Salads don’t have to be boring, or calorie bombs! Sure, I added nuts AND blue cheese crumbles AND salad dressing to this salad…but the whole thing was still less than 500 calories, which is right on track for a healthy filling lunch. Plus, if you’re going to eat healthy, you have to enjoy it!

Is it lunch yet?

 

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