Mexican Salad Chris James Mind Body

Healthy lunch suggestions for you to take into work!

Healthy lunch

We all know that weekday lunches can be really difficult. We often do not have access to a full kitchen and unhealthy options are tempting. Luckily, you can still eat a healthy lunch and save money with a little planning. Here are some delicious ideas for lunches that are nutritious and easy to prepare in less than 10 minutes.

Mexican Salads ( pictured above)
At just 156 calories per serving, this salad is a no nonsense scrumptious mix of corn, chopped tomatoes, black beans and both red and green bell peppers in a light lime-infused dressing.
Serves: 4
200g cups raw or cooked fresh corn kernels
1 can black beans rinsed
2 ripe tomatoes cut in chunks
1 each small green and small red bell pepper chopped
50g chopped coriander
50ml olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon pepper
Mix oil, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a large serving bowl.
Add remaining ingredients; toss gently to mix and coat.


Simple Moroccan Salad
Serves: 2
1 standard tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ red onion, finely sliced
1 tomato, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
50g watercress
1 tsp olive oil
½ tsp ground cumin
pepper to taste
Place the chickpeas, onion, tomatoes, watercress and apricots into a serving bowl. Mix together the oil and cumin and pour over the salad. Season with pepper.  You can also use ready to eat sun dried apricots, finely chopped.  I’m sure that I bought some?  Must have lost them on the way home – have you ever done that?

More Healthy lunch suggestions…

Avocado salad recipe
Serves: 2
Peel and slice 1 ripe avocado, combine with 6 to 10 black olives, 3 diced stalks of celery, 20g Brazil nuts and a small bunch of radishes, sliced. Toss. Clean and separate some Chinese leaves, and use as a bed for the avocado. Top with 2tbsp pomegranate seeds.

Walnut and apple salad
Serves: 2
Toss together 1 chopped apple, 8 lettuce leaves, 2 sticks of celery, finely sliced, 25g sultanas, 5 walnuts, chopped and ½ bunch red grapes. Dressing: Blend 1tsp raw honey, 2tbsp hemp oil and 20g pine nuts. Pour over the salad.

Alfa Omega salad
Serves: 2
Toss together in a bowl 1⁄2 Cos lettuce, finely chopped, 1 grated carrot, ½ finely chopped red onion, 1 stick celery, finely chopped, 1⁄2 small red bell pepper sliced into hoops, 20g alfalfa sprouts and 100g red cabbage, finely shredded. Dressing: Combine 20ml olive or hemp oil, juice of 1 lemon, 1⁄2tsp crushed cumin seeds and 2 crushed garlic cloves in a jar, cover and shake. Dress the salad and mix well. For best results, marinate for 2 hours in the fridge before serving.

Mexican raw burritos
Serves: 2
To create this yummy filling, mix 1 mashed medium ripe avocado with 1 diced yellow pepper, ½ finely sliced red onion and 2 red jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced. Spoon into about half a head of unbroken red cabbage or lettuce leaves. Squeeze the lime juice over the top and wrap each leaf to create raw burritos.

Don’t forget you can find more delicious recipe ideas on my blog…

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