New Year, New Lunch Plan

Tempted to skip lunch to keep plugging away at a pressing project? Don’t! Lunch is your power hour — a chance to reenergize with essential nutrients and vitamins. Plus, not eating lunch can lead to snacking and overeating later in the day.

Turn over a new leaf in 2016 by packing your lunchbox with nutrient-dense foods, including avocados. Worried about preserving your avocado in make-ahead recipes? Don’t be. Start with these tips for preserving avocados for future deliciousness, then focus on energy-enhancing midday meals like these.

Stuffed Avocado

For the freshest desktop feast, prep the filling for these stuffed avocados at home and assemble at work. Mix together minced garlic, crumbled cheese, frozen edamame, diced bell pepper, tomatoes, and black olives. Take a cup of this mixture, an avo, and a lime with you to work. When it’s time for lunch, halve the avocado, drizzle with lime juice, and spoon the filling into the bowl and enjoy.

Avocado Wraps

Whole-grain tortillas provide fiber and an easy way to wrap up a nutritious lunch.
Mix together ripe avocado, plain Greek yogurt, lemon or lime juice and spread on each tortilla. Top this with your choice of raw spinach, shredded carrots, or turkey, roll ’em up, and pack them away for a lunchtime treat.

Avocado Pita

A great lunch is never too much trouble when you learn how to make this tasty treat. Spread hummus evenly inside each pita and fill with sliced avocado, cucumber, precooked shrimp, and alfalfa sprouts. Seal tightly with cling wrap for easy transport.

Avocado Kabob

This is a fun, easy lunch that looks difficult to make but isn’t. Skewer bite-size avocado, chicken, tomato, zucchini, and mozzarella pieces on two 6-inch wooden skewers. Prepare a dipping sauce using a combination of plain Greek yogurt mixed with chopped fresh mint. Keep the kabobs and sauce separate until lunchtime, then bon appétit.

If you are prone to the late-afternoon munchies, keep raspberries, kiwi, kale chips (with guacamole for dipping), or almonds on-hand for a convenient, nutritious snack.

By Avocados From Mexico September 26, 2016

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