Looking for cheap healthy packed lunch ideas? Read on to find great ideas.
Whether you’re up to your eyeballs in student debt or simply just want to save a bit of cash, convenience foods are always going to be more expensive than homemade meals. This means the one place you can afford to cut back is on the packed lunches. With that in mind, here’s some cheap healthy packed lunch ideas.
Cheap Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas
Apple Sandwiches With Almond Butter and Granola
Talk about non-traditional. You’ve probably spread peanut butter (or almond, or cashew, or [insert nut here]) on your apple slices before, but have you ever thought of making your apple into a sandwich? Yep, mind blown. But this is the perfect lunch if you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to crash later.
Avocado Tea Sandwiches
How cute and simple are these? Plus, it’s OK to bring fish to the office if you’re not microwaving it, right? Report back.
Crunchy Peanut Butter Wrap
Need I say more? You’d be nutty not to try this one. (Someone requested dad humor, right?)
Hummus and Veggie Sandwich
The combination of vegetables (and fruit—ahem, avocado) in this sandwich provides a variety of textures to keep your palate excited.
Peanut Butter, Pickle, and Potato Chip Sandwich
Yes, you read that right. I did not accidentally write “pickle” instead of “jelly.” These flavors actually do work together, and the chips are a crunchy bonus.
Cinnamon-raisin bread for a sandwich? Yep.
Red Pepper, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Mint Wraps
This wrap has four ingredients (not including some extra salt) and the contents have strong and complementary flavors. Plus, it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.
Smoked Gouda and Apple Butter Sandwich
So simple, yet so tasty. And yes, cheese and apples go together. Perfectly.
Southwest Hummus Wrap
Hummus is the perfect ingredient to really tie the ingredients of this wrap together and make every bite the perfect fusion of flavors.
Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Quinoa Veggie Burger
Sure, these may take a little extra time to prepare. But if you prepare a bunch of them at once, all you have to do is grab one out of the freezer or fridge and throw it in your bag with a bun and some toppings!
Taco Truck Tuna Sandwich
How can you not like something that has the words “taco truck” in it? That’s what I thought.
Turkey and Apple Pita Pockets
These savory and sweet ingredients result in some pretty tasty pockets. Note: the pockets must be made of pitas; they cannot be made from denim.
Turkey, Smashed Peas, and Pesto Sandwich
Pesto adds the perfect punch of flavor to this well-rounded sandwich.
Ham and Arugula Sandwich With Cranberry Chutney
The cranberry and mustard are the perfect match for the savory ham and slightly bitter arugula.
Easy Lunch Recipes (When You Don’t Want a Salad or Sandwich)
Did you know that lunch has no rules? That’s right. It doesn’t have to be a salad or sandwich. So when you’re craving something different, whip up one of the meals below. Here’s a hint: Make a few extra servings, and the time it takes to make will be well worth your while.
With hard-boiled egg, salmon, and edamame, this bowl is packed with protein. With or without the noodles, it will leave your tummy satisfied.
What’s that you say? I can make my own burrito bowl? Why yes, yes you can.
Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir-Fry
Cooking the chicken and asparagus in lemon juice, garlic, and soy sauce takes the main ingredients from relatively bland to super savory.
Kale, Spinach, and Pear Smoothie
A smoothie for lunch? Yes, just go with it. And yes, it’s green. But before you say “blech,” give it a try. I promise, it doesn’t taste like grass.
Weekends aren’t the only time for brunch. (But leave the bottomless mimosas for your days off.) Yes, these require some oven time, but make a bunch in advance and you’re set for the week.
Rice Cake With Nut Butter and Banana
Another lunch for someone with a sweet tooth—also for someone who needs to put together a lunch quickly.
Roast Beef Roll-ups
Easy to make, easy to eat. Substitute any lunch meat if roast beef isn’t your thang.
Usually avocado is a topping, but in this recipe, it runs the show as a fantastic and edible vessel for your salad (though I wouldn’t eat the peel).
Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry
Not just take-out food. You can make your own healthy version and gobble it up all week (or at least a few days). And on the side, maybe you can have some rice (see below).
10-Minute Veggie Fried Rice
Or, you can eat this all on its own. Yum.
This may be made with blueberries, but you certainly won’t feel blue after you drink it. (Hint: you can also use other berries, too.)