Learn these 10 Healthy Tiffin Ideas and start a change
“I must stop eating lunch out every day. Such a waste of money and risk to health!” Ever find yourself saying this? Don’t let the guilt set in, because many of us feel exactly the same way. With our fast-paced, ever hectic schedules, eating right most often crosses our minds only when that oily pav bhaaji from the canteen has made its way down our tummies, while doing its worst. To help you get the ‘eating healthy’ ball rolling, we’re giving to you different healthy tiffin ideas that you can choose to carry from home to office for lunch.
- Dalia and chicken salad
This one’s easy peasy. Just throw in some boiled dalia (which is cracked wheat), pieces of chicken, tomato, salt, lime, coriander and it’s good to go. This gives you that perfect blend of fiber (dalia) and protein (chicken). A highly nutritious meal, a bowl of which can keep you going till the evening and is an amazing healthy tiffin idea.
- Dal Khichdi
This spells comfort and nutrition. With its warm, motherly taste, dal khichdi is one of the easiest to make and also very tasty. A big bowl of this along with a medium salad makes for an ideal and innocent lunch that energizes you.
- Pearl Barley Risotto
Sounds fancy? Be surprised. This meal is super easy to make. Just cook it like a khichdi with peas and tomatoes if you please, only substituting rice with pearl barley (Jau ki bukani).
- Stir fried Veggies
This is your playground. You can add almost any vegetable of your choice to this; cabbage, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, carrots, broccoli, baby corn, purple lettuce, almost anything else. You could also add Paneer or Chicken to make it a whole meal. A big bowl of this spells absolute health making it a perfect healthy tiffin idea.
- Pesarattu aka Moong Dosa
Who’d have thought of this? Moong bean (also called green gram) dosas are easy to make. Yes we know the batter could seem like a task. However, the moong can be soaked for just an hour without the need to ferment it. These dosas are yummy and most of all, healthy. A creamy mint chutney would be the perfect accompaniment with this.
- Egg Wrap
Best known by its street name, ‘baida roti’, this truly is as easy as it sounds. To add a bit of zing to it, add into the ready rolls some corn kernels and carrots, stir fried in tomato sauce. You may just end up wishing you had carried an extra roll for lunch.
- Vegetable Parathas
Got leftover veggies from the night before? Great! A healthy tiffin idea is to roll them into parathas. Need we say more? A little butter on these won’t hurt. Afternoon is one of the best times to consume fats. So don’t worry about that butter.
- Chickpea and Quinoa Salad
A fifteen minute crunchy whole meal with boiled quinoa, chickpeas, tomato, onion, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Rich in iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber, quinoa is truly an all-in-one super food.
- Roast Chicken Sandwiches
Shreds of roast chicken with mayonnaise, chopped carrot and a dash of lime makes for the world’s yummiest sandwiches. Let the bread be brown!
- Pasta Salad
This is a no brainer. Just add veggies of your choice, chicken (if you like it meaty), oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and seasonings of your choice. Toss until the pasta is well coated.
Health Tip: Lunches will be more wholesome and healthier if you team them up with a raw salad.
PS: Don’t forget to shop for tomorrow’s ‘eating healthy’ ingredients on your way home!