Easy Healthy Lunch Box Ideas For Work

Easy Healthy Lunch Box Ideas For Work If you’re in a position like mine where you’re always on the look out for easy, healthy lunch box ideas, then this post is just what you are looking for.
The key to my lunch box ideas (and school lunches) is always keeping things super simple. If I add too many things to my lunch box ideas it will get overwhelming for everyone involved.

Discover our best healthy recipes, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. Find dishes to fit with special diets, from dairy-free to the 5:2.

Easy Healthy Lunch Box Ideas For Work

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  • Bowl of carrot & lentil soup

    5:2 diet

    If you follow the 5:2 diet, try these healthy and filling recipes for fasting days – all dishes come in at under 250 calories and are filled with a variety of nourishing ingredients.

  • Spanish meatball & butter bean stew


    Simple & delicious recipes with at least 3 portions of fruit & veg to get you to that lucky number 7…

  • salsa verde baked eggs

    200-400 calorie

    Low in calories yet still super-satisfying – there’s lighter recipes that make the most of the tastiest ingredients, including salads, stir-fries and stews.

  • A dish with pea and broad bean shakshuka with eggs

    200 calorie meal

    Looking to cook something that’s healthy, nutritious and low calorie? Try these light yet lovely recipe ideas, all coming in at 200 calories or less.

  • Plate of cucumber, avocado and mango salsa salad topped with cod

    300 calorie meal

    Discover our best ever healthy dishes, all under 300 calories. Pack in the flavour while counting the calories with our lunch and dinner recipes.

  • A plate of courgetti topped with meatballs, fennel and beans in a balsamic tomato sauce

    400 calorie meal

    Healthy, delicious and under 400 calories – discover our highest-rated, calorie-counted dishes including meat, fish and veggie options for every taste.

  • Smoked paprika paella with cod & peas

    500 calorie meal

    Discover tasty, healthy meals from BBC Good Food that are all around 500 calories per portion. Choose from meat, fish or vegetarian dishes.

  • Plate with katsu curry served over rice with a side salad

    600 calorie meal

    Discover healthy, highly-rated recipes that all come in at around 600 calories per portion. Choose from our nutritious meat, fish and vegetarian options.

  • Brain-boosting

    Packed with nutrients to help you feel more focused, refreshed and alert, Good Food’s brain-boosting recipes will give your grey matter some TLC.

  • Tomato and sardine sandwich recipe


    Dishes to help promote a healthy cholesterol balance.

  • Chicken, hummus and vegetables in a bowl

    Cheap and healthy

    Being healthy on a budget doesn’t have to be hard. Try our easy recipes that are low in price but rich in nutritious ingredients and great flavour.

  • A bowl of porridge topped with fruits

    Whole foods

    Looking to incorporate more whole, minimally processed ingredients into your diet? Try these delicious, all-natural recipes.

  • Baked sea bass with lemon caper dressing


    Gorgeous recipes without any dairy ingredients.

  • Spiced oatmeal fritters with coconut caramel pears and a dollop of yogurt

    Dairy-free breakfast

    Rise and shine with these great ideas for a dairy-free start to the day.

  • Spicy chicken & avocado wraps

    Dairy-free lunch

    Soups, sandwiches and snacks that are easy on the tum.

  • Zesty lamb chops with crushed kidney beans

    Dairy-free dinner

    Cut the heavy dairy out of your evening meal.

  • Pea houmous

    Dairy-free snack

    Take a break with something light and milk-free.

  • Diabetes


    Recipes chosen by Diabetes UK that encompass all the principles of eating well for diabetes.

  • Smoked salmon, quinoa & dill lunch pot

    Dopamine diet

    Get inspired with our collection of highly-rated, tyrosine-rich recipes, which have been selected by our nutritionist to complement the dopamine diet.

  • Pork souvlaki

    Easy healthy

    Healthy cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. Our easy healthy recipes are packed full of nutritional benefits and couldn’t be simpler to make

  • Breakfast super-shake

    Eat like an athlete

    What the sporting elite choose to eat…

  • Ratatouille & parmesan bake on an oven dish and plate with rocket side


    On a gluten-free diet? Our recipes mean you needn’t miss out on variety, whether it’s classic carrot cake or beef cobbler you’re after.

  • Chickpea, red pepper, egg & feta hash served in a large silver pan resting on top of a tea towel

    Gluten-free breakfast

    Set yourself up for the day with something hearty, that just also happens to be gluten-free. Choose from Turkish one-pan eggs, gluten-free pancakes, slow cooker breakfast beans and more

  • Grilled nectarine & burrata salad on a plate

    Gluten-free lunch

    Check out these specially selected midday treats for a no-gluten diet, from vibrant halloumi hash to salsa verde

    8 healthy lunchbox ideas

    Perk up your lunchbox with one of these healthy ideas, from protein-rich hot smoked salmon with avocado and egg, to light and crunchy carrot and edamame bean salad

    We’ve created super quick and easy lunchbox ideas, along with healthy lunches for work. Everything from protein-rich boxes to vegetarian lunchbox ideas.

    Make your lunches healthier by prepping a lunchbox to take with you that is packed full of protein, fibre and vegetables. This not only packs a lot of nutritional value but will also keep your blood sugar levels balanced by providing sustained energy that won’t have you yawning in your afternoon meetings. Protein is also important for concentration and moods, as it provides amino acids that are needed to make our all important neurotransmitters (brain chemicals).

    Smoky mackerel and beans lunchbox

    • Tip a tin of cannellini beans into a sieve.
    • Rinse with cold water then leave to drain.
    • Whisk 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar and ½ tsp horseradish cream in a bowl and season.
    • Tip in the beans with 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley and ¼ finely chopped red onion and toss.
    • Divide between 2 lunchboxes then top each with a smoked mackerel fillet and a wedge of lemon.

    Asian avo, prawns and greens lunchbox

    • Blanch 100g frozen peas, 100g frozen edamame beans and 100g chopped long-stemmed broccoli for 2 minutes, then rinse under cold water and drain.
    • Whisk 1 tbsp groundnut oil, 1 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil in a bowl.
    • Add the greens with a small pack of cooked king prawns, 1 tbsp chopped pickled ginger, 1 finely chopped red chilli and ½ diced avocado.
    • Divide between 2 lunchboxes and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.

    Protein-rich lunchbox

    • Boil 2 eggs for 7 minutes, adding 100g green beans for the final 2 minutes, then drain and rinse everything until cool.
    • Peel the eggs. Whisk 2 tbsp olive oil with 1 tbsp red wine vinegar and 1 tsp dijon mustard.
    • Add the beans, 1 pack of cooked puy lentils and 3 chopped spring onions and toss.
    • Divide between 2 lunch boxes and top with the eggs and a few slices of cooked chicken breast.

    Hummus falafel lunchbox

    • Shred ¼ small red cabbage and toss with 1 tbsp lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
    • Grate 2 carrots.
    • Divide 4 tbsp hummus between two lunchboxes.
    • Add a few leaves of Little Gem and 3 falafels to each (try making your own falafel with our easy recipe) then add the carrots and cabbage.
    • Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and pack small pittas separately for scooping.
    hummus falafel

    Superfood salad lunchbox

    • Blanch 100g long stem broccoli and 50g peas in boiling salted water then rinse under cold water and drain.
    • Dice ¼ of a cucumber.
    • Tip 75g of pre-cooked quinoa into a bowl and add the veg. Whisk 1 tbsp olive oil with 2 tbsp lemon juice and season. Add to the bowl and toss everything together.
    • Add a handful each of mint and parsley and 50g crumbled feta. Tip into a lunchbox then sprinkle with 2 tsp toasted pumpkin seeds.

    Per lunchbox: 433 kcals, fat 26.7g, saturates 9.3g, carbs 23.2g, fibre 10.1g, protein 19.8g, salt 2.8g

    High-protein lunchbox with hot smoked salmon, avocado and egg

    • Drop a large egg into boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes then run under cold water until cooled.
    • Slice half a small avocado and break 75g hot smoked salmon fillet into pieces, discarding any skin.
    • Put a handful of watercress in your lunchbox then top with the egg, salmon and avocado.
    • Mix 2 tbsp natural yoghurt with 1 tbsp lemon juice and some chopped dill and keep in a mini jar or tub until you are ready to drizzle over and eat.

    Per lunchbox: 441 kcals, fat 30.2g, saturates 8.4g, carbs 8.1g, fibre 3.7g, protein 32.4g, salt 1.6g

    Low-calorie Asian lunchbox carrot and edamame

    • Peel 150g carrots then shred in a food processor or coarsely grate on a box grater.
    • Put in a bowl and add 75g blanched edamame beans and a finely chopped red chilli.
    • Whisk 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar with ½ tsp sesame oil. Add to the veg and toss together with a good pinch of salt.
    • Pack into a lunchbox and sprinkle with a pinch of black sesame seeds.

    Per lunchbox: 250 kcals, fat 11.3g, saturates 1.7g, carbs 21.3g, fibre 11.2g, protein 10.2g, salt 0.8g

    Low-calorie vegetarian lunchbox with smoky black bean and squash

    • Peel and chunk 150g butternut squash. Toss with 1 tsp olive oil, ½ tsp smoked paprika and ½ tsp cumin seeds. Roast at 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 for 15-20 minutes until tender. Cool.
    • Put 150g rinsed and drained black beans in a bowl. Add ¼ of a diced red pepper. Tip in the squash, a handful of chopped coriander and the juice of a lime. Toss everything together and pack into lunchbox.

    Per lunchbox: 233 kcals, fat 4.3g, saturates 0.5g, carbs 30.1g, fibre 14.1g, protein 11.5g, salt 0.8g

    • Pick from our suppertime menu options that skip grains and wheat, including creamy red lentil pasta, tarragon chicken bake and a one-pan coconut dhal

      easy healthy lunch box ideas for work

    • Spiced sweet potato wedges

      Gluten-free snack

      Bloat-free nibbles and bites to ward off hunger pangs.

    • Gluten-free Christmas pudding

      Gluten-free Christmas

      There’s no need to miss out this Christmas with our easy gluten-free recipes. Discover a selection of festive starters, mains, sides and desserts.

    • Gut-friendly

      Boost your digestion with our specially selected recipes. Unless you follow a specific diet for health reasons these ingredients will promote the health and function of your digestive system.

    • Pot-roast beef with French onion gravy

      Healthier roast

      Better-for-you roasts.

    • Aubergine and vegetable goulash on a plate


      Following a healthy diet is easy with our nutritious and tasty low-fat recipes. You can enjoy lighter meals that still satisfy without skimping on flavour.

    • Red lentil and squash dahl

      Healthy autumn

      Hearty, healthy and super satisfying – discover our nutritious, seasonal dishes for autumn. Tuck into flavourful soups, stews, risottos and curries.

    • Poached eggs with smashed avocado & tomatoes

      Healthy avocado

      Try the best healthy avocado recipes from BBC Good Food. Make this nutritious, creamy fruit into guacamole, salsas, salads, sandwiches and much more.

    • Pot-roast beef with French onion gravy in a cooking dish

      Healthy beef

      Get inspired by our best ever healthy beef recipes, including succulent roasts, steaks, stews, chillis, curries and healthy spaghetti Bolognese.

    • Bowl of porridge with raspberries, oranges and banana slices

      Healthy breakfast

      Wake up to a tasty, nutritious breakfast whether it’s high-protein eggs, avocado on toast, porridge or a healthy smoothie to fuel you through the morning.

    • Two prawn, salmon and spicy mayo burgers with lettuce

      Healthy burger

      Discover Good Food’s best healthy burger recipes and find out how to make nourishing turkey, chicken, fish, beef, lamb and veggie burgers.

    • Moroccan chickpea, squash & cavolo nero stew

      Healthy casserole & stew

      Slow-cooked casseroles and superhealthy stews make for a satisfying supper, packed with nutritious ingredients – the ultimate feel-good comfort food.

    • Healthy chicken strips with cucumber and sweet chilli sauce

      Healthy chicken

      Discover these delicious, good-for-you ways to cook chicken for a high protein midweek meal. Including healthy chicken salads, stews, soups, and skewers.

    • Chicken satay salad

      Healthy chicken breast

      Discover healthy new ways to serve up lean chicken breasts with BBC Good Food’s favourite recipes, including curries, salads, soups and stews.

    • A pan filled with beef chilli con carne

      Healthy chilli con carne

      Discover nutritious chilli con carne recipes, from a classic, chunky beef stew to vegetarian and vegan bean chilli, plus soups, pies and jacket potato fillings.

    • Roast turkey crown surrounded by root vegetables

      Healthy Christmas

      Our best ever healthy festive dishes make a wholesome addition to your Christmas Day spread, including roast centrepieces, starters and sides.

    • Turkey minestrone

      Healthy Christmas leftovers

      Nutritious and delicious ways to use up your festive fare…

    • Chicken jalfrezi in a wide dish

      Healthy curry

      Make spicy suppers that pack in a range of healthy ingredients. Try our lighter takes on chicken jalfrezi, madras, korma, tikka masala, vegetable curries, dhals and plenty more.

    • One serving of balsamic beef stew with veggie mash

      Healthy dinner

      Discover BBC Good Food’s best ever healthy dinner ideas. Get inspired by our nutritious, triple-tested recipes including vegetarian, vegan and meat options.

    • Fish stew with roast garlic & saffron

      Healthy dinner party

      Guilt-free options for the conscientious host.

    • Four fried eggs with mushrooms in a pan

      Healthy egg

      Eggs are cheap, high in protein and nutritious. Discover Good Food’s best ever healthy egg recipes, from omelettes and tortillas to shakshuka and salads.

    • Chilli chicken & peanut pie in a square dish

      Healthy family

      These filling family suppers are wholesome and tasty. We’ve got pasta dishes, curries, tagines and traybakes designed to feed many mouths

    • Cod & anchovy bake

      Healthy fish

      From lighter pies to makeover fish & chips, nothing’s off the menu with our healthier fish dishes…

    • Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

      Healthy Italian

      Discover our best ever nutritious Italian-inspired recipes, including pasta sauces, soups, stews, risottos and lasagne as well as meat and fish dishes.

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