When eating 5 meals a day, you have to keep it interesting—these 5 Factor Diet Lunch Ideas will keep you satisfied.
The 5 Factor Diet is all about simplicity: Dieters eat 5 meals a day, each containing no more than 5 main ingredients and prepared in 5 minutes. Each meal is balanced to include lean protein, low glycemic-index (GI) carbohydrates, fiber, healthy plant fats and a sugar-free beverage. Exercise is a critical part and individuals must exercise for 25 minutes, 5 days a week. Lunch is the hardest meal to eat at home, so prepare these five options ahead of time if you know you’re going to be away from the kitchen.
Place a low-carbohydrate, high-fiber wrap (about 100-calories) on a toaster oven safe dish and spread 2 tsp. of olive oil on top. Thinly slice one small tomato and lay wheels on top of oiled tortilla. Sprinkle with a small amount of salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, dried basil and a pinch of dried oregano. Spread 1/3 cup fat-free of low-fat feta cheese across the top of pizza and distribute vegetarian pepperoni slices evenly. Bake in the toaster oven until cheese has melted. Enjoy with a club soda with lime.
Sweet Potato French-Fry Nachos
Chop a sweet potato into strips. Heat 1 Tbsp. canola oil in a frying pan and fry potatoes with a touch of salt and pepper. Place the potato slices on an oven-safe pan and top with ¼ cup low-fat or fat-free shredded Mexican cheese, ½ cup drained black beans and ½ cup sugar-free, fat-free salsa. Bake in the oven until all items are hot and cheese is melted. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a glass of sparkling water and sprinkle some sweetener in for a bubbly lemonade.
Portobello Turkey Melt
In a non-stick pan, cook one Portobello mushroom cap in 1 tsp. of olive oil. Spread fat-free thousand island salad dressing on two slices of high-fiber pumpernickel bread. Place the mushroom on one slice of bread and two slices of lean deli turkey and a slice fat-free or low-fat Swiss cheese on the other. Heat in the toaster oven until cheese is melted. Fold sandwich together and cut diagonally. Eat with a glass of sparkling water.
Heat up two low-carbohydrate, high-fiber taco sized tortillas in a non-stick frying pan or toaster. Drain a can of water-packed tuna and flake into a bowl. Mix with one finely chopped tomato and season with pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Place tuna mixture on warmed tortillas and top with shredded romaine and fat-free or low-fat shredded cheese. Wash it down a a diet soda or glass of water.
Chicken and Bean Chili
In a small sauce pan combine ¼ cup black beans, ¼ cup pinto beans, ½ can water-packed, drained chicken, two finely chopped tomatoes and one cup of fat-free chicken broth. Season with 1 to 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning and sprinkle fresh cilantro on top. Cool your palette with a refreshing glass of water infused with slices of cucumber.