February is Heart Health month! Since we’re huge believers in supporting health through great food, we’re highlighting some of our favourite heart healthy recipes this month. This week? Heart healthy lunches that are easy to prepare, filling, and pretty enough to make your coworkers jealous. And let’s be honest, that’s pretty important too.
There’s a reason quinoa is so popular. Not only is it tasty and easy to cook, it’s also high in magnesium, which may be helpful for keeping blood pressure in check. Since quinoa is also a complete protein, this lunch bowl won’t leave you feeling hungry. Plus, bowls are so hot this year! Instagram away.
2. Tempeh Cauliflower Pita Pockets
Pack the veggies into this pita pocket for a hunger-fighting anti-inflammatory boost! We like our pitas with cauliflower, spinach, and carrots, but you can sub in whatever you’ve got in your fridge.
These spicy, flavourful wraps are easy to customize with your preferred protein and greens. For an extra heart boost, try using dark beans (like black beans or kidney beans) which are high in fibre, B-vitamins, and minerals in place of refried beans.
Clearly wraps are a winner when it comes to heart healthy lunches. This combination is a favourite around our office. You can make it with regular pitas or tortillas, but for an extra serving of greens, try collards, kale, or broccoli leaves as your wrap. Just make sure to cut out any thick stems before you start filling.
If you’re pressed for time, make this great seasonal chili in the slow cooker—you’ll have enough for dinner, and leftovers to bring to work. If you’re feeling under the weather, add as many garlic and chilis as you can handle for an immunity boost.