10 Healthy Lunches to Help You Keep On Track

· Darcie Hewitt-Dudding · Food and Drink

Banish the blandness with these nutritious dishes.

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These yummy lunches mean you can stay on plan without sacrificing flavour.

Looking for healthy lunches in Leeds that are as guilt-free as they are delicious? We’ve got you covered. You can eat heart-healthy fish Hawaiian-style, munch on nutritious greens packed full of protein, or delve into an antioxidant and flavour-rich tagine. Whether you’re counting calories or you just want more veggies in your diet, these 10 midday meals make keeping on track a breeze. Check them out!

Tarka Dhal at Bundobust


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In need of something comforting but healthy? Bundobust’s ever-popular tarka dhal ticks all the boxes. It’s good for you but it still packs in the flavour, and won’t leave you hungry for something else. This is a hearty bowl of protein-filled lentils, generously spiced with cumin, garlic and chilli, for a deep, fiery flavour that doubles as stress-relief. Dig in and you’ll find it comes with basmati rice, which contains all eight essential amino acids and is low in sodium. Winner!

Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.

Aubergine Tagine at Comptoir Libanais

Comptoir Libanais Tagine

Nourishing, delicious and filling, the aubergine tagine at Comptoir Libanais is everything you could want in a healthy lunch. Vegan, low in saturated fat and brimming with antioxidants, it’s a no brainer really! You’ve got chunky aubergine, tomato and chickpeas, all vibrantly spiced with a Lebanese spice blend and slow-cooked to give you the richest flavour. Pair with a cup of fresh rose mint tea – green tea topped up with rose water, sugar and fresh mint and you’re set.

Comptoir Libanais, Trinity, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.

California Bowl at House Of Fu

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The California Bowl at House of Fu is one of the best healthy lunches Leeds has to offer. First off, it’s a riot of colour, which is always a good sign. It begins with seasoned sticky rice, on top of which you’ll find yummy nori-cured salmon and a generous helping of fresh tomato, avocado, cucumber and edamame. It’s finished with pickles, spring onion, shisho dressing and sesame seeds. Grab a side of the veggie-packed Sunshine Salad to really get your health kick going.

House of Fu, 15-19 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.

Revitalise Bowl at Banyan

Banyan Chicken Satay Salad

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The Revitalise Bowl at Banyan is healthy, balanced and nutritious, but also feels completely decadent. On top of a bed of quinoa sits perfectly crisp roast butternut squash alongside a mix of red and golden beets, avocado, tomato and roast pepper, topped with halloumi before – here’s where it gets interesting – the whole thing is drizzled with a yummy superfood dressing. Low carb, vitamin-rich and flavour-packed? Now that’s the kind of lunch everyone loves!

Banyan, The Old Post Office, 2 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES.

Super Green Pho at Pho

Super Green Pho

Want to feel smug in your healthiness without sacrificing flavour? The Super Green Pho is what you need. It’s absolutely bursting with beautiful Thai veggies, including leafy pak choi, crunchy green beans and tender water spinach (also known as morning glory). Thai basil, lime and thick rice noodles swimming in a delicious vegetable garlicky broth finish it off. You can even pack in some extra protein goodness with tofu, mushrooms, chicken, steak or egg.

Pho, Trinity Kitchen, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.

Falafel Rice Box at I Am Doner

i am doner falafel rice box

Tuck into the Falafel Rice Box from I Am Doner without a smidgen of guilt. Think golden chickpea fritters, tomatoes, red onion, grated carrot, pickled cabbage and roasted mediterranean veg. It all sits atop nutty basmati rice, then gets doused in chilli sauce and vegan mayonnaise. You can customise it completely to your own taste, so if fiery hot sauce is for you, then have at it. Not only is this tasty, healthy and filling, but they also use eco-friendly packaging!

I am Doner, 14a Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JP & 23 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AA.

Seasonal Salad at FINT

FINT winter salad

The sophisticated Scandi-inspired salad from FINT is heaving with health benefits and full of flavour. Better yet, it changes with the seasons, so you’re always promised fresh produce that tastes and does good. You’ve got peppery salad leaves, paired with colourful fruit and veggies, like butternut squash and cherry tomatoes, and finished with your choice of protein – will it be meat, fish or dairy? It’s certainly a nutrient-rich affair, with vitamin K, fibre and zinc.

FINT, 73 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.

Salmon Superfood Bowl at Itsu

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The Salmon Superfood Bowl from Itsu is one of the most convenient healthy lunches in Leeds. It’s low in calories but it’s got protein, fibre and healthy carbs. It doesn’t scrimp on taste either. The vitamin-loaded salmon is poached till perfect and practically begs to be covered with zingy sriracha – you’ll find this at the self-serve bar. Sushi rice and a medley of greens complete a bowl which is high in iron, healthy fats and antioxidants, and yours to take away or sit in with.

Itsu, 36-38 Commercial Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6EX.

Salad Bowl at Rola Wala

Salad, Rola Wala

Rola Wala’s healthy Indian-style salad bowl is the perfect pick for a filling, low-cal lunch that will give you loads of energy to get through the day. Start with a bowl full of crunchy greens and load them up with your choice of Bengali spiced beef or smoky charred chicken tikka. Keeping it veggie? The delicious Keralan cauliflower adds yet more vitamins, while the red channa dhal brings in the complex carbs, bursting with spiced-to-perfection protein.

Rola Wala, Trinity Kitchen, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.

Poke Bowl at Neighbourhood

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Dive into this Pacific-inspired poke bowl from Neighbourhood. It’s packed with 12 ingredients, ranging from ginger and pickled carrot, to pineapple and avocado. Every ingredient is arranged around the sushi rice centre, making this a feast for your eyes before it even gets to your tastebuds. Pick your protein – salmon, tuna, or silken tofu for the veggies. It’s a beautifully balanced dish, with heart-healthy fats, fibre, protein and vitamins all in attendance.

Neighbourhood, 5 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.

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