[dropcap]L[/dropcap]unch is the second meal of the day for most people. If you are on a mission to get yourself into shape, lunch should be your third meal of the day – after breakfast and mid-morning snack. It should be light but with enough protein, carbs and micronutrients to keep you going. Here are six lunch ideas for six pack abs.
Any diet is a challenge and requires a lot of self discipline and determination, especially if you are working or at college/university. The key to it is planning.
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That sounds much easier said than done but nobody said it was going to be easy. If you spend most of the day out (and let’s face it – most of us do), you need to take a packed lunch with you. When I say packed lunch, I don’t mean a sandwich and a bag of crisps. I mean “proper” healthy food.
The list below is compiled with this in mind and you should be able to prepare your lunch the night before and take with you in the morning. That’s what fitness models do it and if it’s good enough for them, it should be good enough for you too.
CHICKEN WITH RICE AND VEGETABLES
Chicken fillet is probably the most popular ingredient of any “clean” diet. A 100g of chicken fillet contains 25g of protein. It’s easy to cook and it’s relatively inexpensive (about £3.00 for 260g in the UK).
All you need to do is cook the chicken fillet via your preferred method (I like to bake mine in the oven), boil some brown rice, broccoli and/or other green vegetables, season and it’s done. Put it in a Tupperware container and store in the fridge until you need to take with you the morning.
TURKEY WITH RICE AND VEGETABLES
It’s much the same as the chicken recipe above. A 100g of turkey fillet packs 22g of protein and it makes a nice change from eating chicken all the time.
TUNA PASTA SALAD
That’s my absolute favourite lunch. It takes no time to prepare and it’s packed with the goodness your six pack abs need. All you need to do is boil some pasta, add a tin of tuna and season. See my recipe here.
SALMON PASTA SALAD
The salmon pasta salad is as easy to prepare as the tuna one above. A tin of wild pink salmon packs 18g of protein.
THREE BEAN SALAD
If you are a vegetarian or fancy a bit of change from eating meat and fish, then try the three bean salad. You need green, soy and kidney beans (a can of each), a stick of celery (chopped) and four hard boiled eggs.
Drain the beans, add the celery and leave in the fridge overnight. Ideally you should add the boiled eggs before you serve it. If you are in a hurry, take the hard boiled eggs with you and add to the beans when you are ready to eat it.
Make sure you roughly chop the eggs before adding to the salad. Season to taste and your healthy lunch is ready. It packs 17g of protein on top of the fibre, vitamins and other micronutrients from the beans and the celery.
If you must have a sandwich in your lunch box then try this salmon sandwich. You need four slices of whole wheat bread, a tin of salmon, lettuce and a small tomato.
Put a lettuce leaf on two of the slices, half of the salmon (drain it first) and a couple of tomato slices. Cover them with another lettuce (to stop the bread getting soggy) and top with the other two slices of bread.
Even though you still have to prepare your lunch the night before, these are very easy recipes that will provide you with protein and the right nutrients. Remember to have a bottle of water and some fruit or natural yoghurt with your lunch too.
[quote_box_center]What’s in your lunchbox? Please feel to share your lunch ideas for six pack abs with the other readers.[/quote_box_center]