Start with complex carbohydrates
While carbohydrates are not recommended for evening meals, lunch is the perfect time to stock up on this kind of body fuel. Why not have a sandwich on grainy bread, or cook a delicious wholemeal pasta dish to take with you to work? This will keep the brain ticking over until it’s time to clock off.
Pack in the protein
Alongside carbs, eating plenty of protein is important for making sure you feel full. Whether you’re eating a plain ol’ sandwich, or have some great leftovers for lunch, make sure a rich source of protein is included. Great protein sources include lean meats such as chicken, tuna or chickpeas as a vegetarian option.
Mix it up with greens
While you may not be eating a whole plate of steamed vegetables for lunch, throwing in a few dark greens such as spinach is a great way to get some extra veggie intake for your day. Leafy greens go great in sandwiches or as a side salad with your protein and carbs.
Snack on fruit
If your lunch hasn’t filled you up, make sure to pack a piece of fruit to get you through to the end of the day! The extra sugar will perk you up, and it’ll be a delicious treat to overcome that 3:30pm slump.
Treat yourself
One important thing when packing a healthy, balanced lunch, is to make sure you enjoy what you’re eating! Whether you indulge on your favourite healthy meal or simply throw in a naughty treat like a biscuit or small piece of chocolate, by spoiling yourself to small snacks every now and again you’ll be more likely to sustain a healthy lifestyle!

Ran out of time to pack lunch, but still want a healthy option for your midday meal? Check out these great Alice Springs cafes for your healthy lunch!
Feeling Peckish Cafe
Grab your healthy sandwiches, Feeling Peckish Cafe - Alice Springs
Grab your healthy sandwiches, Feeling Peckish Cafe – Alice Springs

If you need a quick, easy and convenient lunch, visit the team at Feeling Peckish Cafe. Located in the heart of Alice Springs, you can pick up all of your delicious lunch options from this hotspot. Grab yourself a healthy omelette, a fresh roll or even a fish burger to fill you up. With food made fresh daily, you know you’ll be getting a quality meal at a great price if you visit Feeling Peckish Cafe!
Address: 4/40 Todd Street, Alice Springs NT 0870
Bean Tree Cafe & Gift Shop
Grab a healthy treat, Bean Treen Cafe & Gift Shop - Alice Springs
Grab a healthy treat, Bean Treen Cafe & Gift Shop – Alice Springs

A tranquil environment to take some timeout during your work day, the Bean Tree Cafe and Gift Shop is a great place to grab lunch. Located in the botanic gardens, this cafe serves up a huge range of food catering to all diets, including vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Try the unique warm kangaroo salad for lunch, or opt for a fresh toasted sandwich to go. With a selection of cakes to choose from, you can even treat yourself while you’re there. Visit Bean Tree Cafe and Gift Shop today!
Address: Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Road, Alice Springs NT 0870

How do you pack a balanced lunch? Let us know your favourite lunch snacks below!