Kayla Itsines: My Easy Lunch Recipe for When You're Over Sandwiches

There are times when all you want to do when it hits 1 p.m. is head to the nearest Pret and indulge in a box of its incredible macaroni and cheese (seriously, I dream about the ricotta and butternut squash version). While that's fine every so often, there's only so much you can take when it comes to an overload of carbs and cheese—it always leads to the afternoon slump, and it's not so kind to the waistline. But when you're bored with all other options, what are the choices? You don't want another sandwich. And salads are a bit meh. Thankfully, fitness guru Kayla Itsines has the ideal snack and lunchbox-filler that is set to rescue us from dull homemade lunches and calorific convenience food. Not only is it seriously tasty, but it's also a much lighter option. Want to find out what it is? 

Keep scrolling for the Instagram star's healthy lunchtime recipe.



Courtesy of Kayla Itsines

"Vietnamese rolls (or 'cold rolls,' as we like to call them in South Australia) are one of my favourite meals because they are just full of mouthwatering flavours," Itsines tells Byrdie UK.

Serves: 1

Prep time: 15 minutes and 10 minutes soaking time

Cooking time: 4 minutes

Difficulty: Easy


25 grams rice vermicelli noodles
Oil spray
2 large eggs, lightly whisked
4 small rice paper wrappers
1/2 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
1 small handful bean sprouts
1/2 medium carrot, thinly sliced
1/4 medium red pepper, seeds removed and thinly sliced
Fresh coriander leaves, to serve (optional)
Reduced-salt tamari or soy sauce, to serve