When I don’t have time to prepare my own healthy lunch to take to work, I take advantage of all the resources around me. The local university, just walking distance from my office, has a great salad bar in their cafeteria, which is open to the public. I often find myself there during busy weeks, and a colorful meal packed with multiple ingredients costs me only $5.40! 

Here is what I chose for my salad today: lettuce, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, chickpeas, grilled chicken, and a sprinkle of feta cheese with balsamic dressing on the side.

Knowing I can create this salad quickly and affordably keeps me on track when I can’t get to the grocery store or I'm too busy to whip up my lunch before heading to the office. 

What are your go-to, quick, and healthy lunch options? Please share in the comments below.

Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

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