At this time of year the 5:2 lifestyle is an absolute lifesaver. There are so many social events on and they all involve extra food and drink. Having two fast days a week keeps it all under control. This lunch felt luxurious while still being within the fast day limits and leaving some room for a light dinner. If you want a little more wriggle room for dinner, omit the cheese.

252 calories

Open faced Reuben sandwich

1 slice rye bread with sunflower seeds – can be exchanged for any rye or pumpernickel bread (109 calories)

1/2 cup Sauerkraut (22 calories)

50 grams corned beef (76 calories)

25 grams Gouda cheese (44 calories)


Toast bread and place cheese on top while still hot so it melts. Top with corned beef and microwave for 20 seconds to warm through. Top with Sauerkraut and enjoy.