DIY Pre-Made Lunch Combos for Your Flat-Belly Diet
Ever buy those little pre-made lunch combos for kids? Here's a recipe for a grown-up version that's flat-belly friendly and where you control portion sizes and variety. Fill a divided container — or individual containers — with a variety of fresh ingredients for a well-balanced, adult-approved lunch that your body will thank you for.
Tired of deli meat? Try roasted tofu or edamame for a different type of protein. Edamame is an immature green soybean that provides an excellent fiber and protein punch.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Four 1-ounce slices low-fat Swiss cheese
Four 2-ounce slices low-sodium deli turkey
1 cup cherries
2 cups blueberries
2 cups grapes
1 cup baby spinach
Eight mini (2-inch diameter) whole-wheat pitas
Four 1/2-ounce squares dark chocolate, 70 percent to 85 percent cacao
Place one slice of cheese on a flat surface and stack a slice of turkey on top of the cheese. Roll the two up together to form a pinwheel, with the cheese on the outside. Repeat this step with all the remaining slices of cheese and turkey to form additional pinwheels.
In a medium bowl, combine the cherries, blueberries, and grapes and gently toss.
Using a bento box or individual containers, evenly arrange the turkey and cheese roll-ups, the baby spinach, the pitas, the fruit mixture, and the dark chocolate.
A traditional Japanese bento box is a box-shaped container, usually divided, used to hold a variety of single-portion foods. Once the cover is on, it's perfect for taking to work or school.
Per serving: Calories 363 (From Fat 83); Fat 9g (Saturated 5g); Cholesterol 35mg; Sodium 671mg; Carbohydrate 48g (Dietary Fiber 7g); Protein 26g.