What Wellness Influencers REALLY Eat For Lunch—a Photo Food Diary
Whipping up an inventive and delicious lunch on the daily can be mentally draining. Even if you have kitchen skills so fine they'd dazzle a MasterChef judge, it's easy to fall into the trap of eating the same salad every.single.day simply because you can't be bothered to try anything else. Nothing wrong with routine, of course, except the resulting food boredom can make it harder to resist when greasy burgers are on offer.
According to Well + Good the solution for keeping your lunch exciting is simple—stick with a standard base but mix up your toppings. Cycling through a roster of tried-and-true ingredients feeds your body with a wider variety of nutrients, keeps your tastebuds happy, *and* takes the guesswork out of grocery shopping. (Note: Whether you prefer to nosh on salad, a sandwich or homemade burrito, the system works.) Ready to be inspired?
Keep scrolling for the ingredient combos wellness influencers swear by.
Proof eating healthfully doesn't have to mean doing the grunt work yourself, Jackson's lunch of choice is a takeaway. "My go-to is the chicken mixed green salad [at San Fransisco’s La Boulangerie], which is a delightful blend of protein and citrus that keeps my energy high all day and tastes amazing."
Base: mixed greens
Toppings: chopped chicken breast, toasted walnuts, cherry tomatoes, chives, avocado, and lemon vinaigrette
If you can't go past Mexican, this beauty brand founder's homemade soft taco is right up your alley. "[It’s] perfect for me because I can hold it in my hand as I run out the door." The tortilla also makes a great base for non-traditional toppings, including Harvey-Taylor's go-to sweet and spicy combo.
Base: kale, romaine lettuce
Toppings: avocado, mango, pumpkin seeds, carrots, roasted jalapeños, cabbage, corriander
A woman after our own hearts Ballou chooses her lunch with an eye to how it'll affect her complexion: "Everything I put on my salad has a purpose. Lemons balance pH levels, salmon contains healthy fatty acids, and grapes, radishes, and kale are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial." We're sold. You?
Toppings: salmon, grapes, radish, lemon
Having authored a book called Clean Green Eats ($36), we're not surprised that Kumai's lunch is packed with the green stuff. "I start with dark, leafy greens, like organic arugula and lacinato kale—chopped and massaged—and add broccoli rabe (shaved with a vegetable peeler) and baby spinach." Also on the menu? Avocado, vegetarian protein in the form of cannellini beans, hemp seeds, radish, fresh fruit and homemade dressing.
Base: rocket, kale, broccoli rabe, baby spinach
Toppings: avocado, cannelini beans, hemp seed, radish, fruit, red wine vinegar dressing
Keeping things fresh on a vegan diet adds a whole other level of tricky. If you're in need of lunchspo, Raj's protein-rich salad also contains healthy (and delicious) fats. "Fueling your body with the right ingredients is one of the most important things that you can do to stay balanced, both physically and mentally. I make sure to have a power-packed lunch to sustain my energy levels throughout the day," says Raj.
Base: baby spinach
Toppings: roasted tomatoes, raw walnuts, black beans, grilled tofu
This nutritionist makes her own lunch four days a week, so she's well-practiced at inventing interesting topping combos. "I use chopped kale or baby spinach and two or three additional veggies—either raw or cooked— such as broccoli rabe, red peppers, asparagus, or red cabbage," says Glassman. Next, she adds a healthy fat source (toasted walnuts/sunflower or hemp seeds/avocado), protein (chickpeas/salmon/chicken) and some spice (jalapeno, kimchi, or pepperoncini).
Base: kale, baby spinach, broccoli rabe, capsicum, asparagus, red cabbage
Toppings: toasted walnuts/sunflower seeds/hemp seeds/avocado, chickpeas/salmon/chicken, jalapeno/kimchi/pepperoncini