Add Flavor to your Healthy Lunch

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It's the end of January and I hope everyone is holding on to their New Year healthy eating goals. This year, my motivation for eating healthier is my status as a Matron of Honor in my best friends upcoming wedding (T-minus 6 months). That's great motivation right? So, how do you keep things interesting on those days that you are trying to keep your calorie count low? Well the other day while on a trip to Walmart, I picked up some of my favorite lunch options. Keep reading to see how I add flavor to a healthy lunch. 

The juice aisles at Walmart called to me and although I usually look past, I was pleased to find V8 V-Fusion® and V8 V-Fusion® light. V8 V-Fusion® is 100% juice and offers the nutrition of vegetables blended with just the right amount of fruit juice for a light, sweet taste – plus 1 full serving of fruit and 1 full serving of vegetables.
See that's the thing I miss most when I'm dieting. I miss flavor and fruit! Today I'm sharing with you some of my favorite 500 calories or less lunch combos. You can never have too many healthy lunch options right? These are just some of my favorite properly portioned healthy snacks all paired with a yummy V8 V-Fusion® or V8 V-Fusion® Light to add extra flavor and serving of fruit and veggies.

These are just a few of my favorite properly portioned snacks all in one lunch adding up to 500 calories or less. I like to mix textures and flavors just to keep it all from getting boring. Below I have all the items listed with their calorie count included. 

  • V8 V-Fusion® Peach Mango - 120 cal
  • V8 V-Fusion® light Strawberry Banana - 50 cal
  • Snap Pea Crisps (1/2 cup) - 60 cal
  • Craisins - 100 cal
  • String Cheese - 50 cal
  • Turkey - 90 cal
  • Tuna (+light mayo) - 150 cal
  • Wheat crackers (3) - 60 cal
  • Small bag Baby Carrots - 35 cal
  • Smart popcorn (1 cup) - 50 cal
  • Light Yogurt - 90 cal
  • 1/2 small apple - 40 cal

I used to think V8 was only tomato juice and I'm so excited that they have some really delicious flavor combinations now. Everything you see above was bought at my local Walmart including the various flavors of V8 V-Fusion®. I found Strawberry Banana, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Mango and Acai Mixed Berry in both regular and light varieties. So not only have I been able to add flavor to my low-cal lunches but guess who enjoys these too? My kids! They were so excited to try them and loved them. Of course, it's just a mom bonus that they are healthy and include one full serving of fruits and veggies, meaning I don't have to fight with them about eating their calabasitas that day. 

So what do you think? Will you add my V8 V-Fusion® or V8 V-Fusion® light to your day? I'd love to hear some of your healthy lunch options too, leave me a comment below.