We know, eating healthily can be a chore - especially when it comes to lunchtime. After a busy morning it can take a lot of willpower to avoid caving into a greasy pick-me-up halfway through the day. To help you out, we've come up with a selection of healthy lunchtime picks that will ensure that you can enjoy a delicious meal, minus the guilt!
#1: Chicken Avocado Sandwich
What's lunchtime without a sandwich? This scrumptious sarn is packed full of one of our favourite super-foods: avocado. Nutrient dense and delicious, this fibrous fruit is rumoured to keep your heart healthy and even lower cholesterol! Paired with chicken breast, lettuce, tomatoes and your choice of bread, this lunchtime pick will have you glowing throughout the day!
Order from Crustique Café: Abu Dhabi
#2: Grilled Salmon and Quinoa
This slow cooked Norwegian salmon is brimming with health benefits through its high concentration of Vitamin D, B Vitamins and antioxidants. This flavourful fish is also rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acid, an essential fat that helps to lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation and even improve mood and memory through its ability to aid brain functions. Served with a light quinoa risotto that's teeming with fresh coriander, asparagus, peas and zucchini, this lunchtime pick is sure to become a fast favourite.
Order from Café Bateel: Abu Dhabi
#3: Sicilian Salad
Get your daily vitamin hit from this healthy and abundant salad that's bursting with fresh fennel, red cabbage, rocket, chicory, apple, carrot, orange, blue cheese crumbles, pistachio, flaked almonds and orange honey dressing. It's recommended that we eat at least 5 servings of fruit or veg per day: be an overachiever with this zesty lunchtime pick!
Order from Easy Bites: Abu Dhabi
#4: Loca Pozole
Enjoy something a little different with this spicy red chilli broth. This fiery lunchtime pick features hominy: a traditional Mexican ingredient that's made up from dried corn kernels. High in fibre and low in calories and fat, this little known ingredient may become your new favourite! Topped with chicken and fresh avocado, this broth will put a spring in your step!
Order from Loca: Abu Dhabi
#5: Green Papaya Salad
Ripe papaya is undeniably good for you, but it's when it's eaten unripe and green, like in this salad, that this fruit truly shines. High in potassium, antioxidants, fibre and vitamin A, this fruit also contains enzymes that have anti-inflammatory effects and the ability to improve healing. Decorated with peanuts and a tangy lime dressing, this exotic lunchtime pick will brighten up your afternoon.
Order from Hanoi: Abu Dhabi
That's lunch sorted. Which of our healthy lunchtime picks is your favourite? Let us know below!