10 low-calorie lunch ideas
After some tasty low-calorie lunches? Try our Thai-style broccoli-fried rice, avocado pasta or coronation tofu salad to fuel you through your day
Looking for a low-calorie lunch? Whether you want veggie options, a healthy lunchbox idea or something that’s good for your gut, we’ve got you covered. Try our healthy dinner ideas for nutritious eating all day long.
With whole food ingredients, you can still enjoy a delicious lunch that's low in calories but full of goodness and flavour. The increased fibre in these low calorie lunches will ensure they keep you fuller for longer, and supports a healthy digestive system. Protein and vegetables then create the perfectly balanced lunch, and provide a good base of vitamins and minerals to support your health.
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Low-calorie lunch ideas
1. Vegetable omelette
Jazz up an omelette with plenty of grated courgette, kale, peas and chilli flakes. Serve alongside cherry tomatoes dressed with white wine vinegar for a well-balanced, low-calorie lunch.
2. Orzo, bean and tuna salad
Turn storecupboard staples into this vibrant, nutritious orzo pasta salad with roasted red peppers, black olives and protein-packed tuna. All for under 300 calories.
3. Warm red rice, herb and salmon salad
Try this nutritious, spice-packed rice salad for a healthy midweek meal. Not only is it high in fibre, it's rich in omega-3 fats, too.
4. Grains, greens and beans salad with pesto dressing
On the table in 15 minutes, this nutritious, pesto-tossed salad is packed with greens offering a host of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling energised throughout the day.
5. Miso chickpeas and avocado on toast
Turn a storecupboard staple into moreish miso chickpeas and avocado on toast, livened up with mineral-rich sesame seeds and spring onions.
6. Avocado fusilli pasta
Avocados make salad dressings and ice creams super-creamy, so why not put them in a pasta sauce? It’s a great way of using up overly ripe avocados and adding some healthy fats to your meal.
7. Broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata
This broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata makes for a quick, healthy and delicious midweek meal. It's on the table in just 20 minutes, plus it's low-calorie and high in protein.
8. Roast sweet potatoes with zhoug
Check out these roasted sweet potatoes topped with crumbly feta, juicy tomatoes and zhoug – a spicy herb sauce. This veggie recipe is super-easy to make, packed with plenty of flavour and low in calories.
9. Sweet potato and lentil curry
A vibrant vegan curry that's great for a comforting lunch or simple dinner. Made with sweet potatoes, red split lentils, coconut milk and plenty of spices, it packs a nutritional punch.
10. Sweet potato groundnut soup
Check out this easy vegan soup recipe with sweet potato. Packed with punchy chilli and smooth peanut butter, this flavoursome soup is super-creamy, while still being low in calories.
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