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Looking for some quick healthy lunch ideas?  Try these 7 Easy and Healthy Lunch Recipes Under 500 Calories source: thegarlicdiaries.com
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Looking for some quick healthy lunch ideas?  Try these 7 Easy and Healthy Lunch Recipes Under 500 Calories

Ladies, it’s that time of the year again. With our heads up high and hearts swimming in puddles of optimism, we welcome another school year.

Let’s have a quick run-through here. Cute school outfits? Check! Killer confidence? Check! Healthy lunches to keep you full and energized throughout the day? Uh-oh.

We all desire to be in shape and fit, but with all the taxing school work and side hustles, we easily succumb to unhealthy food choices. We end up consuming too many calories, salt, and sugar. And we all know that too much is never good—well, except for holos and glitters.

Bottom line is, breaking bad eating habits is never easy. Amidst all the temptations, it takes a lot of discipline—a boatload of it. With fast food chains on speed dial and top shelf microwaveable foods, how can you say no?


Slay on, sisters in spirit! Time to ditch our unhealthy instant noodle diets because these easy to prepare lunch recipes under 500 calories will surely bring us all shades of healthy. A healthy lifestyle is best accompanied with a good workout routine, even if you’re on a crunch for time, you can squeeze in a quick workout. But until then, try these 7 easy and healthy recipe ideas for lunch! You can even do a different one each day of the week–let’s see those chef skills!

Mojito Chicken Wild Rice Salad

source: olivemagazine.com

Meal prepping is a breeze with this low-calorie and gluten-free recipe. This zesty chicken with wild rice salad recipe makes a great addition to our list of quick, hearty recipes. It’s a power lunch that can also double as a dinner meal if you’re on a tight schedule.

Total prep and cook time: 30 minutes

Nice-to-knows: Wild rice is a recommended alternative to its plain, commercial version because of its low calorie and low sodium content

Calories: 494

Click here for the full recipe

 

Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce

 

source: popculture.com

One can never go wrong with this raved fruit partnered with chicken. This healthy, cream-based recipe is a feast in the mouth with its rich flavor profile minus the guilt. Prepare it with a bed of quinoa salad or opt for brown rice. Yum!

Total prep and cook time: 30 minutes

Nice-to-knows: This dish is packed with fiber which is good for digestion and weight loss

Calories: 162

Click here for the full recipe

Asian Pulled Chicken Salad

 

source: bbcgoodfood.com

Craving something light, fresh and delicious? Get your daily veggie dose with this yummy (slightly sweet) low-calorie chicken salad in under 20 minutes. This pulled chicken salad definitely makes a healthy lunch meal you can enjoy any day.

Total prep and cook time: 20 minutes

Nice-to-knows: Chicken is rich in vitamin B6 which is a great metabolism booster

Calories: 352
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Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry

source: eatingwell.com

Don’t be terrified by the word fry, this lunch recipe is actually healthy! With zingy chicken, served with crunchy snap peas, sliced carrot, and rice noodles—it’s extremely flavorful and only takes 40 minutes to prepare. Just 223 calories, this stir-fry meal is filling and gastronomically satisfying without the extra salt.

Total prep and cook time: 40 minutes

Nice-to-knows: Chicken is a great source of protein for muscle growth and development

Calories: 223

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Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Lettuce Wrap Dish

 

source: thegarlicdiaries.com

Looking for a salad-like dish that will fire up your taste buds? Well then, let’s take a trip to Spiced Flavortown! This shrimp and avocado lettuce wrap is not only healthy, it’s also a surefire treat for your heat-deprived appetite. It’s also a nice twist to your plain, boring salad.

Total prep and cook time: 25 minutes

Nice-to-knows: Dubbed as the perfect weight loss veggie, fresh lettuce is loaded with vitamins and has almost zero fat content

Calories: 256

Click here for the full recipe

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Fajita Turkey Burgers

 

source: thereciperebel.com

This turkey burger recipe is equally delicious as is healthy, and is a better alternative to your plain sandwich. In less than a jiffy, you can have a sumptuous lunch while keeping your calorie intake within limits.

Total prep and cook time: 35 minutes

Nice-to-knows: Turkey breast has lesser calorie content than any other cuts of meat

Calories: 172

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Black Bean Quesadillas

 

source: eatingwell.com

This easy-to-do recipe is a healthy twist to our favorite Mexican food. It’s packed with flavors and is perfect for people who are always on the go— a great alternative to the traditional sandwich. Work and study have never been easier with this recipe that doubles as a quick snack in smaller portions.

Total prep and cook time: 15 minutes

Nice-to-knows: Black beans have high fiber content for better digestion

Calories: 375

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If these 7 easy and healthy recipes just aren’t enough to fill your palette, try our beef chili recipe! Chili can definitely be lightened up with ground poultry instead, but don’t skimp on the seasoning!

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