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10 lunch ideas under 600 calories

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Carina is a freelance journalist. She writes about food and for our "healthy lifestyle" column.

Sport and exercise is one thing, nutrition is quite something else. If you want to lose a few pounds, taking a closer look at your menu plans is a good place to start. And don’t worry – you can and should still eat a well balanced diet, of course. We’re tossing out the preconception that fitness recipes are dull and boring. To convince you, we want to inspire you with delicious lunch recipes under 600 calories, so you can really indulge yourself midway through the day.

What are some of the things we’re looking at here? One way to achieve a calorie deficit is to cut out excess fat. If you want to fry something, just get a small dab of oil and use a brush to spread it across your pan.

#1 Chicken and Leek Crumble

Chicken and Leek crumble in a tray
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Crumble doesn’t have to be either sweet or full of calories – just look at this delicious and unusual fitness recipe, perfect for lunch time! This hearty meal is an exciting mix of chicken, leeks, baby spinach – and a crisp crumble topping, of course.

#2 Beef and Eggplant Burger

two beef and eggplant burgers on a plate
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Burgers are perceived as being really high in calories, but this low-calorie lunch recipe will bust that myth. The gourmet secret tip is how you prepare the patties: the beef is mixed with pureed eggplant, making the end result particularly tender and juicy.

#3 Ricotta Gnocchi

Ricotta gnocchi with asparagus pesto and peas
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Gnocchi is another recipe that you’d assume has a lot of calories, but we’ve reinvented the Italian specialty using our Instant Oats. This really works and tastes incredibly delicious – especially served with a light pesto made from asparagus and basil.

#4 Salmon with a Herb Crust

two bowls of parsley-crusted salmon with crushed new potatoes and peas
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Salmon is one of the classics of fitness cuisine, but it’s important to ring the changes, of course, to stop it from getting boring. This lunch recipe features an aromatic herb crust and it’s paired with crushed potatoes.

#5 Carrot and Ginger Soup

bowls of carrot, ginger and lemongrass soup with coriander and lime
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Soups aren’t just for winter, they’re also a great lunch option in spring or summer. This is a very special and exotic version, featuring the irresistible combination of ginger, lemongrass, Thai red curry paste and roasted carrots.

#6 Pasta with Tuna

Two bowls of tuna courgette and chili pasta with a slice of lemon
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If you want pasta that’s lower in carbs and higher in protein, then our Protein Pasta is just what you’re looking for. Serve it with tuna and a zucchini and chili sauce for a delicious lunch – and don’t forget the crispy toasted breadcrumbs.

#7 Potato and Celeriac Rösti

Celeriac rösti with pork ragu
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Most Germans get nostalgic about rösti as this potato dish is a timeless and undisputed classic of German cuisine. This recipe demonstrates that it’s the ideal match for a ragout of pork and tomatoes.

#8 Pulled Chicken Tacos

Pulled chicken tacos with homemade high-protein tortillas and red cabbage slaw
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Don’t just save tacos for Taco Tuesday! This Mexican dish is the perfect lunch recipe that won’t be heavy on your stomach. And we prefer to prepare the tortillas ourselves – with the help of our gluten-free Protein Pizza.

#9 Black Beans on Toast

spiced black beans with tomato salsa on a slice of high-protein bread
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If you thought that toast was only for breakfast, this recipe will change your mind. All it takes is a few moves in the kitchen to turn it into the perfect lunch with a simply unbeatable taste – thanks to the topping of beans, tomato salsa and feta cheese.

#10 Vegan Quiche

Vegan mushroom and spinach quiche
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And last but not least, we have inspiration from France – with this vegan, low-calorie quiche that requires no eggs at all. The savory quiche is paired with ingredients including mushrooms, spinach and silken tofu.

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