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Stacked, protein lunch on the go

We all know that it's far too easily to throw a slice of pizza or a doughnut down your throat at the desk when you're working late and suddenly realise that you are really hungry. One way to combat that nutritional disaster is to spend half hour the night before prepping a healthy, protein-rich lunch that will sustain you throughout the day.

I love using jars for food on the go - it's a healthy way to store food (no worry of migration from plastic to food), it tastes better (you will notice that the flavour of milk and yogurt is much improved when sold in glass), it's also very easy to clean and looks great too - remember, you eat with your eyes first!

On this occasion I used cherry tomatoes & red onions in a olive oil vinaigrette on the base, added a very big layer of spinach, followed by two small, flaked smoked mackerel, some thinly sliced carrot & courgette "noodles" and topped with a chopped hard-boiled egg. (I will store it upside down at work and let the vinaigrette macerate the rest of the salad for a few hours before eating.) This is totally my preferred combo of proteins & veg! Make it up yourselves - chicken breast, prawns, hot smoked salmon, strong grated cheese, omelette, avocado etc is all great layered with some of your favourite veg - try to eat the rainbow and add some julienned beetroot, red Romano peppers, radicchio, yellow courgettes or fennel & oranges.

Having healthy snacks with you will also help with those hunger pangs - a few almonds or walnuts with a small amount of a tasty, mature flavoured cheese is delicious and can keep you going until the next meal of the day!



Shop local and try to use seasonal ingredients - they will be freshest and most economical



Buy the best you can afford - even if it means making do with less.



Keep it simple - and as unprocessed as possible.  Butter and E.V. Olive Oil over margarine, spreads and processed vegetable oils, 

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