If you're like me and you pack your lunch, you might be looking for healthy options to spice up your lunch every now and then. Well, I've got a few recipes for you to try out! :)
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RECIPE ONE - MIXED BERRY AND YOGURT PARFAIT
1/3 cup lowfat plain yogurt
1/3 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon Easy Homemade Granola, recipe below
Easy Homemade Granola:
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon extra-virgin raw coconut oil
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
Nonstick cooking spray
Fill a small single-serving (6 ounce) container with a third of the yogurt. Top with a third of the berries. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of maple syrup over the berries. Repeat two more times with the rest of the yogurt, berries and maple syrup. Pack the granola separately so that it can be mixed into the parfait when ready to eat. Pack the parfait with an ice pack or frozen juice box so that it stays cold until lunchtime.
Easy Homemade Granola:
Heat an oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat the maple syrup with the coconut oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat, just to melt the oil. While still warm, toss the maple syrup mixture together with the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Spray a baking sheet with the nonstick cooking spray. Spread the granola on the sheet tray in a thin layer. Bake for a total of 20 minutes, tossing the granola halfway through. Let cool to room temperature and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Yield: 1 cup.
RECIPE TWO - CREAMY HUMMUS AND SMOKED TURKEY SANDWICH
1 tablespoon Creamy Veggie Hummus, recipe follows
1 mini whole wheat bagel, toasted
3 baby spinach leaves
1 slice tomato
3/4 ounce smoked turkey (about 1 thin slice folded into quarters)
3 thin slices cucumber
Creamy Veggie Hummus:
4 ounces Neufchatel, room temperature
1/4 cup prepared hummus
4 sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 small carrot, roughly chopped
1 small clove garlic
1 scallion, roughly chopped
Spread the Creamy Veggie Hummus on the bottom half of the bagel, then top with the spinach leaves, tomato, turkey, cucumbers and the other half of the bagel. Wrap the sandwich in a paper towel and then aluminum foil.