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by James Newcombe (subscribe)
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Published October 19th 2013
healthy lunch make your own Pitta bread Hummus Avocado Tomato Beetroot Falafel Chick peas Spinach leaves Tahini Bean sprouts Middle East cuisine
My tasty wrap ingredients. Image by writer.

I have been searching the CBD for a healthy, alternative lunch for awhile with limited success. I am a bit over the Food Courts, the fast food giants and the standard lunch places serving up rolls or sandwiches.

Out of sheer desperation I decided to make my own lunch, from the following (reasonably) healthy and tasty ingredients:

1. Pitta bread – less carbohydrates and healthier than white bread. I have found Mountain Bread quite good - made in Australia, quite thin, and comes in a few different types.

2. Hummus- I use as a spread as an alternative to butter. Made from chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt.

3. Avocado- good source of fibre, potassium, and vitamins C,K, B6 and folate. Also great on crumpets with Vegemite.

4. Tomato- rich in enzymes and antioxidants, which help fight free radicals in the body.

5. Beetroot- I actually buy it raw in the shop, spray with some olive oil then bake it in the oven. One of the healthiest vegetables around.

6. Falafel- this adds some texture and gives the wrap some crunchiness. A deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans or both, with cumin, coriander, parsley and garlic often added for flavour. You can buy from a gourmet food store, I use only one (costs about $2-3) cut into quarters.

7. Chick peas- these are in the hummus and falafel anyway, but I add some straight out of the can for extra crunchiness.

8. Spinach leaves- I use the flat-leaf type, a good source of iron, anti-oxidants, vitamin B6 and folate.

9. Tahini- A paste commonly added to Falafel made from ground, hulled sesame seeds used in North African, Greek, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine.

10. Bean sprouts- a legume, traditionally made from the green-capped mung-bean. Other common bean sprouts are the normally yellow, larger-grained soy-sprouts.

healthy lunch make your own Pitta bread Hummus Avocado Tomato Beetroot Falafel Chick peas Spinach leaves Tahini Bean sprouts Middle East cuisine
The spreads and pitta bread. Image by writer.

I sometimes add cheese and egg, but this is probably going a bit over the top. Warning: You may need to use two sheets of Mountain Bread, as wrap may not be structurally sound.

healthy lunch make your own Pitta bread Hummus Avocado Tomato Beetroot Falafel Chick peas Spinach leaves Tahini Bean sprouts Middle East cuisine
The benefits of beetroot. Image courtesy Raw For Beauty website.

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This would have been an enjoyable article to write James!
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