I find it much easier to have lunch at home when I am doing Slimming World. I often make my favourite breakfast – but at lunchtime. Basically a full English with some adaptations to make it syn free (see my Three Amazing Slimming World Breakfasts post for details). However, sometimes I need to take lunch out with me, so have experimented with some easy Slimming World packed lunches.
I avoid buying lunch out if I can because a) I am on a budget and b) I want to avoid the plastic packaging that tends to come with a take out lunch. It’s also a lot easier to control the number of syns and the amount of fat I am consuming when I make my own food.
The trouble with bread…
One of the current rules of Slimming World is that you get one thick slice of wholemeal bread as your healthy extra B choice, but after that bread contains a syn value. (Healthy extra Bs focus on fibre, which helps to keep you healthy and full.)
I prefer to keep my intake of bread fairly low and have a glass of wine in the evening or a bar of chocolate when I have a snack attack. Another bonus of this eating plan is that I have discovered I feel better when I don’t eat a lot of bread anyway. It tends to leave me quite bloated! So sandwiches for lunch are a rarity these days.
Good for your budget
If you are worried that a Slimming World eating plan will be expensive, think again. You eat ordinary food that is easy to buy in places like Aldi or Lidl. It’s brilliant for those of us on a budget! These ideas for easy Slimming World packed lunches won’t slim your bank balance.
Keep it contained
It’s well worth investing in some decent containers for your portable lunches. I like Sistema soup mugs for warming soup at work in the microwave, but if you don’t have access to one, a food flask such as this WayEee one can be a good buy.
A good, air tight lunch box is also a must for salads and sandwiches.
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Easy Slimming World packed lunches
In choosing these ideas for easy Slimming World packed lunches, I have focussed on speed and ease of preparation, cost of the ingredients and making sure they are healthy and balanced.
Soup is your friend on Slimming World, especially in the colder months. I prefer to make my own, because it’s cheaper, it tastes a lot nicer than the stuff in cans and cartons and I can keep it Slimming World friendly (and usually syn free).
You can make a soup out of so many things, but if you focus on vegetables and lean meat and leave out the oil they will generally be free of syns. You can add potatoes, rice or pasta to them to make them more filling.
Lentil soup is full of protein and fibre, you can’t go wrong with a classic leek and potato soup, and carrot and coriander is always a favourite. A really hearty soup that is dinner in itself is Minestrone.
You could make it even easier and invest in soup maker, although I prefer to make a huge pot and freeze it in portions.
Eating these relies on you having a way to warm them up. However, you can create a huge variety of toppings for loads of easy Slimming World packed lunches.
For example, you can use your healthy extra A cheese allowance, grated; baked beans; tuna and sweetcorn with very low fat mayo; chick pea curry; cottage cheese with finely chopped cucumber, tomatoes and spring onions.
Pasta dishes are often quick and easy to make, and good to eat cold. There are loads of pasta salad recipes on the internet. Unfortunately many of them contain a lot of cheese or mayonnaise!
How about trying this BLT pasta salad instead?
Traditional quiche with its fat laden pastry is a no-no on Slimming World. However, there are many crustless quiche recipes around. I like this crustless quiche Lorraine from a Pinch of Nom. This would be perfectly nice served cold, maybe with a carrot salad.
If you don’t have time to mess about making quiche, you can’t go wrong with hard boiled eggs. They are free on Slimming World and I enjoy them as a snack, but you can mix them with a big salad with some low fat mayonnaise as one of your week’s easy Slimming World packed lunches.
Any leftover cooked meats are good with a salad at lunchtime, as long as all visible fat is removed. I enjoy something simple like sliced chicken breast with a huge mixed salad. However, if you fancy something a bit more exciting, how about these Slimming World chicken and bacon wraps?
Personally, I find instant Pot Noodle type things disgusting! But you can make your own, much healthier versions. This chicken and sweetcorn noodle recipe contains just 218 calories and hardly any syns.
Even the lower fat varieties of shop bought humous contain quite a large number of syns. If you make your own with this speedy humous recipe, it will be syn free. You can eat it with lots of vegetables to dip in.
If you are watching your weight, what do you eat on the go? Do you have any ideas for easy Slimming World lunches?
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