Easy Adult Lunches – Salad in a Jar and Mix & Match

healthy Adult lunch ideas

Many adults spend between $30-60 each week buying lunches. That ends up being over $1500 on the low end! With some simple prep in advance you can save money and eat healthier.

In the video below I show some options for a healthy and delicious lunch that you can mix and match to suits your tastes, including how to make salad in a jar.

how to make salad in a jarSalad in a Jar

Salad in a jar is one of the best and easiest ways to get a bunch of veggie servings into one meal. As well, you can make a few at a time, since they last a couple days.

The options are endless in terms of what you can put in them, but here’s a basic format:

Bottom: Salad dressing first, so it doesn’t touch much of the other items.

Next layer: Heavier items, such as carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, chickpeas, beans, etc.

Middle layer: Lighter items, such as tomatoes, peppers, sprouts, etc.

Top: Greens (lettuce, spinach, kale)

You can also add meat, such as chicken breast, ground beef, tuna, and so on, but I recommend adding those items to the jar the day you will eat it. To eat, simply pour all the contents on the jar on a plate or in a bowl. Mix and enjoy.

Mix & Match Lunch

Mix and Match adult lunch ideas

With a Mix and Match lunch, simply choose a pre-made protein, such as tuna patties or chicken muffins and then 3-4 vegetables as your side. By having 5-7 veggie options at hand, you can create a different meal each day.

Vegetable side options (not exhaustive):
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower
• Carrots
• Green beans
• Sweet peppers
• Red cabbage
• Tomatoes
• And more!

What’s your favorite lunch combo?

Lydia Di Francesco, Personal Trainer

ps. For meal prep, I take a few hours on Sunday and chop ALL my veggies (steam some) and get my protein options ready. That means during the week there is very little cooking to be done, I just assemble and go.

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Lydia Di Francesco is the Founder of Fit & Healthy 365 and Creator of the 15 Minute Workout Club, an online workout membership site. As a Certified Personal Trainer, Lydia educates clients and the public that healthy living doesn’t need to be complicated. She promotes simple, fun, exercise, self-care, and creating a healthy mindset with a long-term approach to wellness.

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