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These Creative Lunch Ideas Trump Any Regular Sandwich

  • Jamie Vespa, MS, RD, LD/N of Dishing Out Health

    Lightened-Up Chicken Waldorf Salad

    What you've got here: A protein-packed salad lightened up with a Greek yogurt base, and an extra-sweet touch thanks to the grapes. Pait it with a side of whole grain crackers for the perfect lunch combo.

    Get the recipe: Lightened Up Chicken Waldorf Salad

  • Flatout

    Pork Tenderloin Wrap

    Need something to power you through the rest of the work day? This pork tenderloin wrap is filled with lean protein and vegetables (not to mention fiber and essential vitamins and minerals), leaving you full and focused into the late afternoon hours.

    Get the recipe: Flatout Pork Tenderloin Wrap

  • Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RD, CD of Nutritioulicious

    Steak Tacos with Nectarine Corn Salsa

    Tacos are a fun alternative to traditional sandwiches, and corn tortillas are the perfect vessel for all the good stuff since they're a whole-grain option and high in fiber.

    Get the recipe: Steak Tacos with Nectarine Corn Salsa

  • Alex Caspero Lenz, MA, RDN, CLT, RYT, Author, Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation

    Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wrap

    Wrap a plant-based protein (we see you, chickpeas) in crunchy greens and you've got yourself a gluten-free, vegan wrap anyone can enjoy.

    Get the recipe: Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wrap

  • Sarah Koszyk, MS, RDN of Family.Food.Fiesta.

    Chicken Torta

    A healthy twist on the classic torta, the Latin version of a hoagie, this sandwich ditches the mayonnaise and embraces all the Latin spices and flavor (salsa included), with extra love and fiber from the veggies.

    Get the recipe: Chicken Torta—The Latin Sandwich

  • Sara Haas RDN, LDN, Certified Chef of

    Thai Chickpea Burgers

    No need to sacrifice taste when you want a veggie burger. These are infused with curry paste for a bonus punch of flavor.

    Get the recipe: Thai Chickpea Burgers

  • Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT of Shaw's Simple Swaps

    Sirloin Sliders

    These sirloin sandwiches are the answer whenever you're craving red meat. Filled with lean protein and topped with an egg, the whole-grain English Muffin sliders are a nutrient powerhouse, especially when compared to those pre-packaged breakfast sandwiches typically found in vending machines.

    Get the recipe: Sirloin Sliders

  • Dr. Sonali Ruder, The Foodie Physician

    Greek Meatball Pita

    These meatballs are loaded with flavor from herbs, allowing you to enjoy your traditional meatball without a ton of sodium and added preservatives. Win, win, win.

    Get the recipe: Cook Once, Eat Twice, Greek Meatball Pita


Elizabeth Shaw MS, RDN, CLT

Elizabeth is a San Diego based nutrition communications consultant who works with local and national brands to help encourage healthy living behaviors. You can find her on social media @shawsimpleswaps.
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