11 Easy & Delicious Lunches Approved by Nutritionists (PHOTOS)​

Liz Alterman | Apr 3, 2015 Food & Party

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With summer right around the corner, you're probably looking for some new recipes to make the most of those fresh fruits and veggies that'll be sprouting up very soon. But eating a bit healthier shouldn't have to mean sacrificing flavor. Take a look at that mouth-watering portobello mushroom and caramelized onion burger (pictured above) and prepare to fall in love with these delicious lunch options, recommended and approved by nutritionists and healthy-eating food bloggers.

Soups, sandwiches, or salads -- whichever you prefer for your noontime meal -- we've got you covered! 

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Once you see these recipes, many of which can be prepared in just minutes, you'll be turning over a new leaf (kale, arugula?) at lunchtime!

What's your favorite healthy lunch choice?


Image via Nutritionist in the Kitchen

  • Zen Quinoa Bowl

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    This Zen Quinoa Bowl, created by Christal of Nutritionist in the Kitch, is delicious and good for you at the same time. Scrambled egg whites and plenty of fresh veggies top quinoa before the whole dish is garnished with fresh avocado. Yum!

  • Fresh Shrimp Wrap With Green Goddess Dressing

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    Just look at this Fresh Shrimp Wrap With Green Goddess Dressing. Low in calories and high in protein, this yummy sandwich could be your new go-to lunch!

    "If you’re looking for a light, flavorful, crisp summer recipe, you’ve found it ... And totally try saying 'green goddess' without a teenage boy giggle. Just try it," says Claire Gallam of The Realistic Nutritionist

     

  • Cleansing Paleo Blender Mulligatawny

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    Fans of a healthy take on Mulligatawny Soup will love the Paleo version created by Christal of Nutritionist in the Kitch.

    "From start to finish, the soup was prepared and ready to eat in less than 25 minutes! The smell is marvellous, and for any of you curry fans out there – I can guarantee this is a keeper!" she says.

  • Healthy Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets

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    If you're hosting a playdate and looking for an easy, delicious, and healthy lunch that will appeal to diners of all ages, look no further. Cookbook author and nutritionist Lauren Kelly's Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets more than fit the bill. Organic chicken breasts are dredged in a coating of flax and chia seeds as well as parmesan cheese before they're baked in the oven. Serve with a side salad or fresh fruits, and all your guests will be in heaven!

  • Roasted Asparagus & Poached Egg Canape

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    In honor of Julia Child's 100th birthday, Claire Gallam of The Realistic Nutritionist crafted this delicious and nutritious Roasted Asparagus & Poached Egg Canape sandwich that can be prepared in under 30 minutes but looks -- and tastes -- much fancier!

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  • Pasta Primavera

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    This Pasta Primavera lunch is loaded with vitamins and nutrients courtesy of the fresh veggies that top this gluten-free pasta. (Traditional noodles can be used, of course.) Nutritionist Lauren Kelly who created the recipe says one of the best parts about the dish is that it's ready in just 30 minutes! 

  • Colorful Forbidden Rice Salad

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    Mint, parsley, and orange slices give this Colorful Forbidden Rice Salad not only its stunning palette but also the delicious flavors of springtime as well. This lovely salad from bakery owner and registered dietician Kath at Kath Eats Real Food is rich in antioxidants. Feel free to add in as many veggies as you like for an even bigger health benefit. 

  • Mediterranean Nachos

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    You don't have to feel the slightest bit guilty indulging in these Mediterranean Nachos from Kath at Kath Eats Real Food. Tofu, feta cheese, and plenty of roasted red peppers top crunchy sea salt pita chips. Is your mouth watering yet?

  • Sundried Tomato, Spinach, & Egg Sandwiches

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    Christal of Nutritionist in the Kitch says she came up with this Sundried Tomato, Spinach and Egg Sandwich when she was in a pinch, but you'd never know she hadn't spent all morning planning and prepping this protein-packed lunch. Grated light parmesan cheese adds to the yum factor.

  • Chopped Mexican Kale Salad

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    If you're in the mood for a hearty lunch with plenty of crunch, give this Mexican Kale Salad a try. Creamy avocado dressing takes this dish to another level. Cookbook author and nutritionist Lauren Kelly tosses in black beans and corn to add a burst of sweetness to this southwestern salad. 

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