Clean Eating Lunch Recipes For Weight Loss

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Looking for clean eating lunch recipes for weight loss? This guide covers a few of my favorite lunch ideas which all contain clean eating ingredients and no simple carbs (simple carbs = sugar = fat storage).

You want to lose weight so you start with a clean eating lunch recipes for weight loss plan. You’re excited when you see the pounds coming off and stick to it for a couple of weeks.

Clean Eating Lunch Recipes For Weight Loss

Figuring out what to eat for lunch can be stressful enough. It’s especially challenging while at work hyper-focused on daily tasks not giving many thoughts as to how you can stick to your healthy routine for the day.

When you’re crunched for time, it’s tempting to just jump in the car and eat out at a nearby restaurant. But eating out can be difficult to do in a healthy way. Don’t worry; Weight Loss Direct has a ton of quick and tasty healthy lunch recipes for you to try. We picked five healthy lunch ideas that’ll be sure to get you through your day healthy and happy.

Healthy Lunch Idea No. 1:

Grilled Chicken Cabbage Wraps

woman wrapping grilled korean meat in lettuce at restaurant

Ingredients

  • 3.5 oz chicken
  • 1/2 oz green cabbage 2 leaves
  • 3 oz cabbage red or green, shredded
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tbsp pink salt
  • 1/4 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp ginger fresh

Instructions

  1. Mix together finely grated ginger, garlic, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and chicken pieces
  2. Cook until chicken is cooked thoroughly and then add the red/green cabbage and cook until cabbage is slightly cooked
  3. Take the 2 green cabbage leaves and split the chicken mixture and place in cabbage leaves and roll into a wrap

In this healthy lunch recipe…

We’re eliminating empty calories; your typical flour or corn tortilla comes with a big nutritional gap when comparing calories &  nutritional value. We tossed the tortillas in favor of cabbage leaves (or try lettuce leaves as your taco shell) to add some vitamins and fresh crunch without getting any of the calories. A healthy lunch ‘win’ for your tastebuds and your health

Healthy Lunch Idea No. 2:

Chicken Zucchini Poppers

chicken zucchini poppers

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Toss chicken with zucchini, onion powder, cilantro/parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper (and cumin, if using)
  4. Scoop mixture out by the spoonful and form meatballs onto lined pan, flatten slightly if desired
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through
  6. If desired, place under the broiler for an additional 2-3 minutes or until browned on top

In this healthy lunch recipe…

Get all of your macronutrients in one bite (or a couple of them)! This healthy lunch recipe is super simple and easy to make in about 30 minutes or less. This “all-in-one” lunch provides ample amounts of protein, unrefined carbs, fats, vitamins & minerals your body needs, what’s not to love about this easy, healthy lunch recipe?

Healthy Lunch Idea No. 3:

Thai Cucumber Salad

cucumber salad

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients together
  2. Garnish with lightly chopped lime and parsley if desired

We’ve talked before about how much we love liquid amino acids, and this recipe helps prove that. A healthy lunch recipe and great vegetarian option. It’s simple and different than the traditional salad, with a little bit of a kick to it.

Healthy Lunch Idea No. 4:

Texas Dirty “Rice” (Beef & Cabbage)

texas dirty rice with beef and cabbage in lime green bowl on table

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large frying pan, brown beef over medium high heat
  2. Add the rest of ingredients and cook until cabbage is tender adding more water as necessary
  3. Cook down until no liquid is left
  4. Serve hot

In this healthy lunch recipe…

This dirty rice isn’t rice at all, which is why it’s so great. Cutting down on those carb calories and replacing it with a nutritional alternative is an awesome way to stay healthy. Normally we’re craving carbs, but this dirty rice has us crazy for seconds.

Healthy Lunch Idea No. 5:

Mushroom Crust Mini Pizzas

gluten free pizza mushrooms

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Remove stems from mushroom caps, scrape caps clean, and place on baking sheet
  3. Chop mushroom stems
  4. Combine mushrooms stems, cottage cheese, tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices
  5. Spoon mixture into mushroom caps evenly (serve any remaining filling on the side)
  6. Bake for 20 minutes
  7. Set oven to broil and cook another 3-5 minutes
  8. Eat fork & knife style or pick up like a piece of pizza (a little messy, but doable!)

In this healthy lunch recipe…

Mushrooms come in such interesting shapes, sizes, flavors; they’re quite the versatile ingredient for any meal and especially for healthy lunch recipes. You can swap in these mini mushroom crusts for a quick lunch recipe and it brings a lot of health benefits to the table too. These little mushroom crusts can crisp on the outside, somewhat similar to a traditional pizza crust. So you get to feel indulgent with this variation of of everyones favorite food (pizza) while also feeling good about your meal choice for lunch.

Takeaway on making lunchtime healthier….

Making healthy choices for each meal can be tough, but with time and consistency it’ll become more of a habit that you don’t necessarily think too much about. You’ll find that when you feed your body nutrient dense ingredients you’ll not only feel better physically but mentally too.

Choosing a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a struggle. Build-up your recipe rolodex (or Pinterest boards) with healthy recipes that include whole and natural ingredients, few-to-little processed foods, a balance of unrefined carbs, proteins, and fats, and have fun with new foods or new, healthier variations of your favorite dishes.

Get eating healthy & get started today with these healthy lunch recipes above and you’ll have taken step one towards your healthier, happier life.

Best Healthy Lunch Recipes for Weight Loss

Minestrone with Pesto

Healthy minestrone with pesto
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This healthy minestrone soup recipe is a hodgepodge of veggies that will go a long way in making sure your diet is not lacking in its necessary greenery. Vary the specific vegetables depending on what’s in your fridge and what looks good in the market, but be sure to finish with a spoonful of jarred pesto, which helps tie the whole bowl together.

Loaded Alfredo with Chicken and Vegetables

Healthy loaded alfredo with chicken and veggies
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Here’s how restaurants make Alfredo: cream, butter, and cheese. We ditched the cream and made a basic béchamel sauce with flour, milk, butter, and Parmesan in our version of an Alfredo pasta recipe. We solved the other major shortcoming of pasta Alfredo (that is, a dearth of any true nutrition) by adding chicken, broccoli, mushrooms, and, for good measure, sun-dried tomatoes.

Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde

Chicken tacos with salsa verde
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Tossed with a good dose of bright, mildly spicy salsa verde, rotisserie chicken is the perfect filling for tacos, burritos, and even enchiladas. Indeed, there might not be a better use of a supermarket rotisserie chicken.

Spinach and Ham Quiche

Low-calorie spinach and ham quiche
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

It’s the low-calorie dish you can have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

Low-calorie thai beef lettuce wraps
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Now wraps at places like P.F. Chang’s and The Cheesecake Factory are overwrought affairs packing as many calories into an appetizer as you should have in an entire meal. Consider this version a blissful, healthy, flavor-packed return to the wrap’s humble roots, and you’ll save hundreds of calories in the process

Carne Asada Burritos

Low-calorie carne asada burritos
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Our version of the carne asada burrito, modestly scaled-down compared to restaurant burritos, concentrates on the most important parts of the burrito: guac, black beans, and, above all, juicy chunks of marinated skirt steak.

Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwich

Paleo grilled chicken pineapple sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Our sandwich is a spicy-sweet combination of teriyaki-glazed chicken, juicy grilled pineapple, and fiery jalapeños—a chicken sandwich to end all fatty chicken sandwiches. Trust us: You won’t miss the fried versions at all once you sink your teeth into this sweet and savory combination.

Crab Cakes with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Paleo crab cakes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Forget splurging for a fried restaurant version when you can make this one right at home. It’s one of those healthy lunch recipes you’re going to want to meal prep over-and-over again.

Southwest Turkey Burger

Low-calorie southwest turkey burger
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

A few years back, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s reached out to us and asked for help designing a new line of turkey burgers that would improve on an otherwise high-calorie menu. A lot of time and testing went into the burgers, during which we learned just how well turkey takes to intense, vibrant flavors that might not jibe as well with beef. In the end, this spicy-cool burger didn’t make it on the menu, but it remains one of the best turkey burgers we’ve had. Now, with this turkey burger recipe, you can judge for yourself…

Italian Sausage Soup

Paleo italian sausage soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

You can load this one full of vegetables, doubling the amount used below, and end up with a chunky, sausage-strewn minestrone. And if you want to cut out the pasta all together, replace farfalle with your favorite brown rice or quinoa. Either way, this Italian sausage soup is hearty enough to work as dinner on its own

Grilled Caesar Salad

Low-calorie grilled caesar salad
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This recipe transforms the high-calorie dressing into a lighter vinaigrette and adds substance, flavor, and nutrition in the form of sun-dried tomatoes and olives. Think of this as the Caesar salad, reimagined.

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