Want an easy way to make your diet healthier? Commit to going vegan during lunch.
This simple change instantly means you avoid some of the worst options for lunches, especially for fast food like burgers, pizza and meals covered in cheese. It also makes it a lot more likely you’ll get more fibre in your diet, since fibre is found in many vegan staples like vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans and lentils.
Eating vegan lunches also makes it easier to hit those five recommended daily servings for fruits and vegetables — something less than half of Canadians manage to do. After all, all produce is naturally free of animal products and loading up on fruits and veggies is a good way to fill yourself up without a lot of calories.
And don’t think you have to spend a bunch more in order to eat vegan mid-day meals. Meat and cheese are expensive, after all, and you don't have to buy a bunch of expensive meat substitutes to have a healthy and delicious vegan recipe either. Tofu is inexpensive, as are beans and lentils — especially if you buy them dry and cook a big batch at the beginning of the week.
With all that in mind, here are 20 easy and healthy vegan lunches. Add a few of these to your work-week rotation and your body will thank you for it.