Five Light Lunches

Never a dull lunch again! Whether you are preparing lunch for home, the office, school, or the great outdoors, this scrumptious lunchtime line-up will add spice to your noontime menu. Try a new recipe each day and savor the variety of salads, proteins, and fresh vegetables. All under 250 calories per serving!


Greens and Broccoli Salad with Peppy Vinaigrette[1]

1. Greens and Broccoli Salad with Peppy Vinaigrette

Chock-full of fresh veggies, and weighing in at only 54 calories per serving, this low-carb salad is perfect for a calorie-conscious lunch. Broccoli and radishes provide crunch while raw mushrooms soak up the zesty balsamic-based vinaigrette. Get the recipe >>[2]

Cheddar Stuffed Beef Burger[3]

2. Cheddar Stuffed Beef Burger

This towering burger swaps out the traditional bun for slices of baked potato. Packed with gooey cheddar, juicy ground sirloin, and fresh beefsteak tomato, it’s sure to be a hit at your next cookout! Learn how to prepare >>[4]

Asian Chicken[5]

3. Asian Chicken

Ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes add a burst of Asian-inspired flavor to this low-carb chicken dish. Simply prepare the homemade marinade, soak overnight, and bake. Find out the steps for preparation >>[6]

Mexican Bowl: South-of-the-Border Lunch Express[7]

4. South-of-the-Border Lunch Express

Why settle for fast food? This low-fat, homemade Mexican bowl is full of fresh ingredients, packed with flavor, and perfectly proportioned to serve two. Craving a slightly heartier meal? Add pinto beans to make this vegetarian dish even more satisfying. Get the recipe >>[8]

Brown Rice, Asparagus, and Tomato Salad[9]

5. Brown Rice, Asparagus, and Tomato Salad

Brown rice serves as the base for tasty cooked asparagus and fresh tomatoes, while olive oil, green onions, and dill provide an extra burst of flavor. Add one cup of chopped cooked chicken breast to turn this delightful low-fat, low-sodium side salad into a heartier main dish. Learn how to prepare >>[10]

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Diane Fennell: Diane Fennell has been an editor at Diabetes Self-Management magazine since 2003. She is currently the Editorial Director. (Diane Fennell is not a medical professional.)

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