The Banting Diet Lunch Ideas; A tennis players Dream

Let’s have a look at some Healthy Banting Lunch Ideas!

When I used to work as a builder, lunch to me would usually consist of everything Banting Dietitians don’t want you eating. Processed Supermarket deli ham (or canned tuna, which is just nasty compared to the fresh stuff), couple of slices of cheese, margarine between 2 slices of whole meal bread Quick and easy lunch! Although…

Banting Diet lunches are just as easy. Usually for lunch I have a salad, there are a few people who suggest that you should eat a salad every day and I agree with them. I love the taste of raw veg especially if you get inventive and mix it with some fruit and nuts and seeds, meats.

But who says that salads just have to consist of greens? Be inventive, these healthy lunch recipes are all about your creative side; feel free to add meat and fish, or fruit. Chicken, apple and celery salads are awesome! Hard boiled eggs are also a nice edition to any salad!

I never used to be a salad person, now I love them and I’ll share with you another 7 (one for each day) of my favorite Paleo recipes –

Chicken and Apple and Celery Salad Banting Diet Recipe

This is a little something that I invented just with what I had in my fridge. I love this little creation and that’s what’s so feel good about the Banting Diet; your own little inventions –

What You Need-

  • Chicken Breast (I usually go with half for 1 person, full for 2/3)
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Stick of Celery
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • 1 Tomato
  • Any color of Pepper you desire (half is fine for 1 person)
  • Fresh Basil, Rosemary, Mixed Herbs and Pepper (add to taste)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions-

Chop the chicken and add in a frying pan to lightly cook with the selected herbs of your choice. While the chicken is cooking, keep an eye on it and stir while you are preparing your main salad – chopping the lettuce, tomato, peppers, apple and celery fine or chunky, whatever you desire. Mix them all up and add to a plate. Go look after the chicken and finish cooking to a nice golden skin color (or however you prefer your chicken- constant stirring keeps it white). Then we just add the chicken and mix in to our salad. How easy was that? It also tastes great!

 

 

Next – The Strawberry and Spinach Salad

This is a fantastic salad that will make your taste buds explode with delight! Lots of vitamins and iron for a nice boost in health!

What You Need-

  • Torn Spinach Leaves (1 cup per person)
  • 1 cup of quartered strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon  of freshly chopped basil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice (or half depending on how much you like lemon)
  • Black Pepper I use 1 Teaspoon, but some people may only prefer to take ½
  • Chopped and Toasted Cashew Nuts, (half ounce for 1 person)

Instructions-

Add the Strawberries and Spinach to a bowl. Mix the Olive Oil, Basil, Lemon Juice and Black Pepper in a jar to shake well. Add the mix into the bowl of strawberries and spinach, sprinkle with cashew nuts.

You Don’t Just Have to Have Salad for Lunch
You can have anything you want really. It’s all down to you. Another great idea for a lunch is soup and the great thing with soup is you can make a giant pot that will last you the whole week! Just give it another quick heat up on the stove and you’re ready.

Try out this great tasting Broccoli Soup!

This healthy Banting Diet lunch recipe will serve 4.

What You Need-

  • 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • 1 Cup of Chicken Broth*
  • 1 teaspoon of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Lemon Zest
  • 4 tablespoons of roasted walnuts

Instructions-

Preheat the oven to broil. Heat your oil in a pan and add your onions, for best results sauté for about 6/7 minutes. Add the broccoli and stir until well coated – place the pan in the oven and broil for about 10 minutes, only stirring once. Remove, cover and let it settle for a couple of minutes. Add your onion and broccoli mixture to the chicken broth and lemon juice – puree in a blender until smooth. Add the soup to your bowls and top off with the lemon zest and walnuts.

*Banting Diet Chicken Broth Recipe*

Here is a quick Banting recipe to make sure your chicken broth is pure Banting Diet friendly unlike the stuff from the supermarkets. This healthy lunch recipe makes 2 quarts.

What You Need-

  • 1 stewing chicken – 4/5 pounds
  • 2 chopped celery sticks
  • 2 large chopped carrots
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions-

Place the chicken in a 3-quart stockpot and add enough water so you cover it. Add all your chopped veg including the bay leaf Heat with a high flame to bring to the boil, and then reduce the heat to low so you can simmer. Cover the pot and let it simmer for about 2 3 hours, while occasionally stirring. Remove from heat and skim off the foam that will be on top of the water. Drain your broth through a colander into a suitably sized container. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove your meat and use how you please – Perhaps adding it to another Banting recipe. You can use this broth for sauces, stews and soups; you will be able to freeze for use later on.

Moving On Sweetheart Salad

Here we have the great taste combination of strawberries and asparagus. Among the others

What You Need-

  • 1 Generous handfuls or Arugula
  • 1/2 chicken breast (serves 1)
  • 4 Sliced Strawberries
  • Depending on your taste for Red Onion, maybe a 1/4 of one, (too much distorts the taste) chopped finely
  • Handful of Pecans

Instructions-

Chop what you need to chop and then mix it up. Preparing salads are easy Maybe a drissle of some dressing or balsamic vinegar wouldnt go a miss. If you dont know any Banting Salad Dressing Recipes then continue reading

The Colorado Spinach Salad Dressing

If you want you can multiple all of these ingredients and create a bottle to keep for a while!

  • Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Fresh Tarragon 1 Tablespoon minced
  • Splash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Splash of Flaxseed Oil (more Virgin if you dont enjoy or own)
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions-

Mix the juices of both the lemon and the orange while adding the pepper and the tarragon. Pour your mixture into a sealable container and shake to blend.

Black Lemon Berry Lunch

Here is some little concoction I found on the internet that I helped become Banting Friendly

  • 2 Handfuls of Spinach, generous if you love Spinach!
  • 1/2 KG of Pork or Chick works well with this recipe
  • 1/2 Avocado cut into nice big chunks!
  • Handful of Blackberries
  • Mushrooms Raw or Cooked, 2 or 3 depending on how you like them. I always use button.
  • Splash of Flaxseed Oil (more Virgin if you dont enjoy or own)
  • Pumpkin Seeds are a nice optional
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions-

Cook up the Pork/Chicken along with the mushrooms if you want to cook them. Chop up the rest of the veg along with the Spinach and mix everything together in a bowl of your choice.

Lets Have a Favorite of Mine Garlic Prawns

Mmmmmmmmm Yummy

  • The amount of Prawns is up to you I have heaps, I love them!
  • Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Onion
  • Handful of Broccoli, Chopped up
  • Iceberg Lettuce, chopped, as much as you want
  • Optional Spring Onion or Shallots. Depends how much Onion you can handle!

Instructions-

Start by cooking the onion or onions and garlic in a pan with the Oil as they are cooking continue by adding the prawns and cook them until their ready (2-3 minutes on each side). Add in the broccoli and cook until its soft with a little crunch (thats how I like them) place in a bowl with your chopped Iceberg lettuce.

Number 7?

Ok so now we have 8 recipes, 6 of which you can actually eat. Now for the 7th day why dont you make something up. With these recipes I try to give you a choice of how much you want to add of one thing, or if you want to or dont want to add a certain thing. The great thing about the Banting Diet is you can simply create by mixing recipes. So why dont you have a try

Your Very Own Healthy Lunch Recipe

  • Get some meat or some fish
  • Maybe get some vegetables or some fruit?
  • How about some Herbs? Thyme or Basil?
  • A Salad Dressing You have created
  • Pepper

Instructions-

Mix everything up. Eat. Enjoy!