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Perk up lunchtime with these recipes for energising lunches

27 SEPTEMBER 2012

We all know the feeling of the midday-slump: come 1pm our eyes are drooping, our attention span is waning and the computer screens are all becoming a blur.

But don't just fuel up on sugar-filled snacks or a pre-packed sandwich, instead opt for one of these temptingly tasty recipes which will keep you alert for the rest of the day…

 

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Conveniently, all these meals can be made the night before but will still be packed full of nutrients the next day.

Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Soup

Pomegranate, Fennel and Asparagus Salad with a Caper Dressing

A Warm Radish, Halloumi, Potato and Cherry Tomato Salad with a Mustard and Dill Dressing

Steamed Mackerel, Spring Onion & Crème Baked Jackets


Some of our favourite ingredients to perk us up midday include:

Mackerel
Although the smell may not be popular with your colleagues this oily fish tastes delicious and is full of healthy fatty acids called omega-3 which are key for re-stimulating brain productivity.

Asparagus
Super-quick to cook, these little spears are big in goodness. They are full of fibre and packed with vitamin C to keep you wide awake.

Spinach
Pop-Eye ate these leafy greens for good reason. They provide a plentiful supply of vitamins and minerals that help to fight off colds and calcium that protects your bones.

Chickpeas
These pulses are a great alternative to meat as a source of protein to restore your cells. Practically fat free these taste great in any salad or soup and their high-fibre content will be sure to keep you feeling full until the end of the day.

 

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