Can you believe fall is right around the corner? With the school year getting started and many heading back into the office, a jam-packed schedule can feel inevitable. No matter what’s on the agenda, taking the time to eat a healthy lunch should always be on the to-do list.
Why is Lunch Important?
Breakfast and dinner are two meals with emphasized importance but that doesn’t mean lunch should be overlooked. Making time to get in a nutritious, well-balanced lunch can do the body good by:
- Providing a midday boost of energy
- Keeping your metabolism active
- Maintaining blood sugar levels
- Preventing overeating later in the day
Say goodbye to that dreaded 2 o’clock slump! 👋
What Makes a Good Lunch?
Being mindful of the foods you consume at lunch can help set you up for success until dinnertime. For a balanced lunch, consider adding the following to your plate:
🥬 Non-starchy veggies, such as mushrooms, broccoli, cucumber and salad greens
🌾 High-fiber carbs
Why Add Mushrooms?
There’s no doubt that mushrooms add a boost of umami flavor to any recipe. To make things even better, mushrooms are a nutritional powerhouse, meaning there’s not one, but two ways to enhance your lunches, as mushrooms are:
- Low in calories
- Very low in sodium
- Fat, cholesterol and gluten free
- Contain immune-boosting nutrients, including vitamin D and selenium
Whether you’re looking for meal prep options or making lunch at home when hunger strikes, we’ve got just the mushroom recipes you need to make a healthy and delicious lunch possible.
Egg and Mushroom Sandwiches on Sourdough
August is National Sandwich Month, meaning there’s no better time to step up your sandwich game! Sautéed white button mushrooms, fried eggs and arugula make for a simple sandwich filling with enough protein to keep you fueled for all the afternoon may bring.
Wilted Spinach Salad With Rotisserie Chicken, Crispy Potatoes and Pesto
Who doesn’t love a good salad for lunch? They are a tried and true option for a reason! Made with leftover rotisserie chicken, roasted mushrooms, red potatoes and pesto, this salad doesn’t just deliver flavor but nutrition, too.
Hummus Toast With Marinated Mushrooms
A combination of plain hummus, marinated crimini mushrooms, olives and feta cheese can turn toast into a hearty, filling lunch. Tip: Snack pack sized hummus provides the perfect portion size while on the go.
Seven-Minute Spring Ramen Bowl
A delicious lunch doesn’t always require a lot of time to come together, and this Seven-Minute Spring Ramen Bowl proves it.
Two comfort food classics marry into one family-friendly lunch that can easily be prepped the night before.