Top ten vegetables to take to work
Found yourself with your hand in the work biscuit tin too many times this week? Maybe it’s time to start bringing in your own healthy snacks. Taking your lunch to work can seriously lift your game in the health department, plus it can save you some dollars as well. So here’s our top ten quick and easy vegetables to pack in your lunch.
1. Carrots. You can’t go past the classic carrot stick for a veggie snack. Peel your carrot first, and cut in half lengthwise. Then cut into sticks of whatever thickness and length that you fancy.
2. Cucumbers. These guys come a close second to the carrot when it comes to veggie sticks. Wash, but don’t peel, and then cut into sticks as per the carrot. It’s not essential, but you may prefer to take out the seeds for a stronger stick. Alternatively, cut the cucumbers into round slices like a cracker.
3. Capsicum. The best thing about capsicum? You can choose between red, green or yellow or a combo of all three to add a whole lot of colour to your lunch. Cut off the top and bottom the capsicum and then remove the seed centre. Slice the capsicum in half and then lay out it out flat and start slicing it into even strips.
4. Radish. Not just for Peter Rabbit, radishes make a popular snack with their light peppery taste and delicious fresh crunch. Wash them first, and then remove the green leafy top and the thin tail-like root at the bottom. Cut into slices to make them easy to eat.
5. Celery. If you find the taste of celery a little bland, you’re not alone. But it’s built like a spoon so celery is perfect for scooping up a delicious dip or smothering in peanut butter. Cut off the top and bottom leaving just the stalk. If you don’t like the stringy bits, run a vegetable peeler down the stalk to remove, then cut to into lengths.
6. Cherry tomatoes. The perfect snacking vegetable for the lazy person. They’re sweet enough to eat on their own, and they are just the right size to pop straight into your mouth, so the only prep they need is a quick wash and away you go.
7. Asparagus. This is another quick-to-prepare vegetable. Rinse under some cool water to remove any dirt and then cut or snap off the woody bottom section. Look for mini asparagus spears for the most amazing tender taste that doesn’t need any cooking at all.
8. Broccoli. It’s a powerhouse of nutrients so well worth tucking into your lunch. Broccoli can be tough to digest when raw though, so if you’re prone to stomach problems, cut into little florets and steam lightly. To save on time, cook extra for dinner and add the leftovers to the lunchbox.
9. Cauliflower. Like its broccoli cousin, cauliflower can also give you grief in the digestive department if eaten raw so consider cooking lightly before packing. Try it with a cottage cheese dip for a high yum factor.
10. Green beans. Beans make a nutritious snack with lots of vitimins and minerals, plus they are low in calories. Just wash them and then cut into the desired length.
While plenty of vegetables can hold their own, they also taste great with a simple dip to make them really come to life. You can go for a store bought one, or try making this super simple Tzatziki dip yourself. It’s so simple, there’ll be no excuse for naughty snacking now.
- 1 cup Greek yoghurt
- 1 cucumber; seeds removed and grated
- 1 garlic clove; crushed
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 pinch salt to taste
Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together. That’s it. You’re done!
Remember, it’s easier to eat healthy when you’re organised so make a batch of your preferred dip and cut up some vegetables on a Sunday afternoon (or chop up a few extras while you’re getting dinner ready) and store them in a container for a quick grab-and-go in the morning. You’ll find you won’t need to dive into that biscuit jar come Monday.
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