make lunch really count and lose weight along the way!

Don't just lunch like a lord - lunch like you really mean it and lose weight along the way! It's the perfect time of the day to get some serious nourishment for brain and body (which you really need to get you through the afternoon and early evening without energy slumps or sugar cravings interfering with your weight loss goal!)

If you are the type who needs a good feed first thing, take what little time is involved in gently frying a couple of eggs and a couple of slices of lean ham or bacon in olive or coconut oil and add a grilled tomato and some mushrooms (you won't need toast, so don't let it sneak in!) If you are not a breakfast fan, simply have some fresh fruit with Greek yoghurt and top with a handful of mixed, fresh nuts and seeds or make a delicious smoothie with fresh fruit and yoghurt or silken tofu and add a slug of flaxseed oil.

If you have lunched like you really mean it, a light dinner is likely all that is required. Steer clear of starchy stuff like potatoes, pasta, rice and other grains and instead, focus on protein and vegetables. Roast, steam or grill fish, shellfish, meat, poultry, game or tofu, create a colourful mix of steamed, roasted or stir-fried vegetables or a mixed salad of chopped, diced, sliced and grated vegetables, place your protein of choice on top, season well and drizzle nut and/or seed oils and lemon juice over.

Now... back to lunch - the main player! Open sandwiches and crisp breads are quick, easy, transportable and the kind to the waistline but filling and nutritionally-right-up-there combination possibilities are endless! Go for rye, sprouted grain, ancient grain and mixed seed breads and crisp breads, keep your breads and crisp breads and toppings separate until you are ready to eat (whether it be at home or at work) and try some of these:

  • Cold or hot sliced chicken, sauteed onions, garlic and ginger, sliced avocado, vinaigrette dressing and toasted walnuts.

  • Cooked minced beef or lamb, fresh mint leaves, fresh coriander, sauteed onion and red chilli pepper and fish sauce.

  • Firm tofu cubes sauteed until crisp in flavoured oil, sauteed onions, garlic, ginger and lemongrass, natural yoghurt, lime juice and toasted sesame seeds.

  • Hot or cold cooked prawns, sauteed garlic, red or yellow pepper, ginger and lemongrass, lots of fresh coriander, lime juice, natural yoghurt and toasted peanuts.

  • Hot or cold cooked chicken or turkey, sauteed spring onions and yellow peppers, grated hard cheese, freshly chopped parsley and toasted flaked almonds.

  • Minute steak or fillet steak, grilled and finely sliced, coarse grain mustard, sweet chilli sauce, sauteed mushrooms and spring onions, toasted cashew nuts.

  • Sliced cooked beef, tzatziki, toasted flaked almonds, fresh mint leaves and a drizzle of honey.

  • Fresh prawns or crabmeat, sliced cucumber, chopped boiled egg, natural yoghurt and toasted pine nuts.

  • Parma ham, sliced raw mushrooms, sliced tomato, scrambled egg or sliced boiled egg and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

  • Tinned tuna, coarse grain mustard, lime/lemon juice, anchovy sauce, sliced tomato and Greek yoghurt.

  • Tinned salmon, chopped boiled egg, sliced mixed olives, sliced avocado, sliced cucumber, natural yoghurt, lemon juice and a good dash of smoked paprika powder.