Meat-Free Lunch on a high street near you
Ten years ago, vegetarian lunch options were pretty limited. Maybe a cheese and pickle sandwich? Certainly no quinoa salad or chia pot. Today, the popularity of plant-based eating means more variety and greater availability wherever you live. This month we look at the top three choices from Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.
Marks & Spencer
Beetroot Falafel & Roasted Butternut Squash, with soft rye and spelt flatbread £3, 351 cals, 3g sugar
Yum! This delicious wrap looks as good as it tastes. Beetroot is full of anti-cancer compounds and is known to cleanse the blood, alkalize the body and improve digestion (and regularity).
Nutty Grain and Vegetable Salad £2 (230g) 302 cals, 10.6g sugar
This wholesome salad is rich in B vitamins and vegetarian protein, but skip the sugary dressing. Try a splash of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of salt and olive oil instead.
Cauliflower, Quinoa and Harissa Spiced Chickpea Salad £2 (175g) 120 cals, 3.8g sugar
Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C and quinoa provides slow release energy. Try adding half an avocado (140 cals) to feel fuller for longer. A 2013 study found that people who ate half an avocado at lunch felt 40 per cent less desire to snack three hours later.
MISS: Roasted Falafel and Spinach Wrap £2.50 559 cals, 7.5g sugar
High in acid-forming sugar, save this one for a hungover treat.
Wild Rice & Halloumi Salad £2.95, 336 cals, 3.5g sugar
This lunch box is rich in B vitamins; along with wild rice it also contains chickpeas for a dose of mood boosting B6.
Egg Mayo Salad on Brown Poppy Seed Bread £1.80 314 cals 2.5g sugar
With free-range eggs, mixed leaves and only 314 calories this is certainly the healthiest looking egg sarnie around.
Vegetable Samosa £1.35 268 cals 3.1g sugar