8 Amazing Protein-Packed Lunches and Sides to Power You Through the Day

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By : dLife Editors

You probably already know that eating more foods with proteins keeps your blood sugar steady, which is important so your energy doesn’t spike and then suddenly plummet.

The beauty of adding more protein to your diet is that also keeps you feeling satiated, which means you may be less likely to overeat later in the day.

Try one of these easy and delicious lunch and side ideas tomorrow for lunch. They are protein-packed and will fuel you through the afternoon.

Beat Hummus and Avocado Open Sandwich

Healthy beet hummus avocado rye breakfast sandwiches. toning. selective focus

To make this beautiful hummus, you will need 1 small roasted beet, 1 can cooked chickpeas, 1 large lemon, a pinch of salt and pepper, minced garlic to taste, and a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil. Mix in a food processor. Once you have your hummus, slather it on your favorite whole grain bread such as Rye bread and top with avocado.

Arugula Salad with Strawberries, Feta Cheese and Nuts


Toss two bunches of arugula, sliced strawberries, Feta cheese, and your choice of nuts, and you have a filling and healthy lunch in minutes. Drizzle in a homemade dressing made of olive oil and lemon juice.

Greek yogurt, Layed with granola and Blood orange



Take your favorite Non-fat Greek yogurt, layer it with granola and top it off with slices of Blood Orange or Peach. Add a sprig of mint for a refreshing twist.

Homemade Southwestern Mexican Quinoa Salad

Homemade Southwestern Mexican Quinoa Salad with Beans Corn and Cilantro

Try this delicious recipe, and you will convert any non-quinoa fan to a fan. Toss 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1/2 diced red onion, add 1 can black beans, 1 cup frozen corn, 3 medium tomatoes, and 1/2 diced avocado. Add salt, lime juice, and seeded jalapeño to taste. Top with Queso fresco, and finely chopped cilantro.

Lentil Soup with CrispBread and Parsley

lentil soup with crispbread and parsley in mugs on wooden table

Lentil soup is super easy to make in a slow cooker or over the stovetop. If you can soak your brown lentils overnight, your soup will have amazing texture the next day. Add a dash of salt while cooking the lentils. You can sautee the cooked beans in onions, tomatoes, and carrots for added fiber and taste. Enjoy with a little crispbread and top with parsley.

Bean Salad

White bean cannellini salad. Vegan salad. Diet menu

Another delicious and filling salad. Add white bean cannellini to a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 red onion, 2 tomatoes, and arugula. Toss with extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Avocado Toast and Eggs

Toast with fresh ripe avocado, lemon and egg on the white wooden table, top view composition

Top your toast with fresh ripe avocado, lemon, egg, radish, and sunflower seeds for a delicious, filling and nutritious lunch. You don’t have to go to a fancy cafe and overpay for this easy brunch or lunch item.

Grilled Tofu Tofu Teriyaki Salad


Grill or bake diced tofu in olive oil and toss with an Asian ginger dressing. Add the tofu to a bed of salad that has plenty of fresh vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, and onions.

NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified nutritional professional. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your specific dietary needs. Also, the nutrition of the recipe you use may vary depending on the ingredients used. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your specific dietary needs.