Pea, mint & chilli dip
A speedy guacamole-style purée that’s ready in minutes and perfect for snacking or lunchboxes
Barley couscous & prawn tabbouleh
Crunchy cucumber and juicy nectarines add a freshness to this high-fibre, healthy lunch – for a veggie version, swap the prawns for cashews or pecans.
Chicken, carrot & avocado rolls
Healthy, quick and simple tortilla wraps with shredded chicken, vegetables and salad – perfect for little lunchboxes
Broccoli pasta salad with eggs & sunflower seeds
Pack in protein, carbohydrate and vitamins with this broccoli, pasta and eggs dish, a healthy vegetarian lunch to keep you going on a busy afternoon
Potato salad with anchovy & quail’s eggs
This healthy, satisfying salad makes a tasty packed lunch or light supper with green beans, parsley, chives and lemon
Spicy tuna quinoa salad
Ready-to-eat pouches of grain mean you can have a healthy lunch in minutes. Mix with veg and sustainable tuna
Turkey & spring onion wraps
Give yourself a low-fat treat with these super-quick sandwich tortillas – a fab way of using up leftover turkey
Healthy tuna lettuce wraps
Make these nifty wraps with avocado mayo as a great low-carb, high-protein lunch. They’re packed with omega-3-rich tuna and boast three of your five-a-day
Green club sandwich
This healthy sandwich is packed full of goodness to keep you going until dinner
Two bean, potato & tuna salad
This main course salad is rich in flavour and Vitamin C – great for lunchboxes too
Solo salads for a casual help-yourself party
Bean & feta spread with Greek salad salsa & oatcakes
Tuck into a nutrient-packed vegetarian lunch featuring a delicious bean and feta spread and a salsa that makes up three of your five-a-day. Pile those oatcakes high!
Curried pork bulgur salad
Liven up leftover pork by combining with bulgur wheat, curry powder, cumin seeds and spring onions to make a salad that is healthy yet packed full of flavour
Smoky chipotle pepper salsa
Take a little pot of salsa in your lunchbox to enjoy with vegetable crudités, tortilla chips or pitta bread
Quick quinoa tabbouleh
A superhealthy and substantial salad, quinoa makes a nutritious alternative to pasta and rice
Minty beetroot, feta & bulgur saladMix oranges with beetroot and mint in a vegetarian grain salad that looks as good as it tastes. Made in just 10 minutes, it’s a perfect packed lunch
Egg Niçoise salad
A vegetarian Niçoise salad, that’s packed with goodness – fibre, folate, iron, vitamin c and gluten-free too
Wild salmon veggie bowl
Succulent salmon flaked over a bed of healthy vegetables makes a delicious, protein-packed salad that’s also low-calorie, gluten-free and rich in beneficial omega-3 fats
Niçoise chicken salad
We’ve given the usual tuna Niçoise a twist by using chicken, for a lean veggie-packed salad that’s also rich in fibre, folate, vitamin c, iron and three of your five-a-day
Moroccan tomato & chickpea soup with couscous
This filling soup is healthy and packed with the flavours of North Africa: harissa, ginger, lemon and coriander
Spicy chilli bean soup
There’s minimal prep time to make this hearty vegetarian stew, which works just as well as an easy dinner or packed in a flask for lunch
Aubergine & goat’s cheese salad with mint-chilli dressing
Packed with punchy flavours, this vegetarian main course salad contrasts earthy goat’s cheese with tangy dressing and roasted vegetables
Indian summer salad
Packed with antioxidants, this superhealthy, colourful salad counts as 1 of your 5-a-day
Healthy Lunch-Box Ideas to Pack for Work
Even the greatest among us can’t get through a workday on only coffee and granola bars. You will experience fatigue, lose focus, and poor performance if you skip a nutritious noon meal. Giving your brain a breather around lunch allows you to recharge your body with the nutrients it needs to keep “killing it” throughout the rest of the day.
But before you reach for that caesar salad or ready-made deli sandwich, keep in mind that while convenient, these pre-packaged foods often have high fat, salt, and sugar content and might make you feel more hungry. Additionally, they rarely satisfy all of your dietary demands. All of the following should be present in a balanced lunch:
Try to eat protein in every meal as it aids in bodily repair and prolongs feelings of fullness. Make sure that a third of your daily calories come from your lunch. Pick lean foods such canned salmon, chicken breast, or tuna. A hard-boiled egg, beans, tofu, or low-fat cheese are also vegetarian options. Nuts, low-fat cheeses, and hummus are also excellent sources of protein.
Dietary fiber is a type of carbohydrate that offers sustained energy throughout the day. Additionally, fiber keeps you satisfied for hours after eating. The secret is to choose complex carbohydrates, which aid in digestion by breaking down slowly. Whole grains, beans, sweet potatoes, fruits, pasta, and brown rice are a few examples of sources.
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats aid in the body’s synthesis of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D, which is particularly important if you spend your days at an office. Fish, almonds, olives, and avocados all contain healthy fats.
Fruits and Vegetables
They’re vital for a healthy immune system, provide essential vitamins and minerals, and stimulate creativity. Plus, the color and texture they add will make your meals look like art. Make sure a good portion of your daily five servings is included in your lunch.
Bring your own water to make sure you stay hydrated. Make your water bottle work twice as hard by freezing it over night and bringing it with you to lunch. By midday, it will have defrosted into a cool drink and kept your food chilled.
What’s the greatest way to guarantee you’ll fit everything in your lunch? Pack it yourself, of course!
Although it can be difficult at first to come up with inventive, healthy lunch ideas five days a week, having a schedule makes meal preparation much simpler. Here are 14 easy-to-make packed lunches that will give you all the nutrients you need to last till dinner.
Healthy and Creative Lunch Ideas to Take to Work
1. Taco Tuesday
Utilize leftovers from Monday night’s dinner by preparing tacos for lunch on Tuesday. For a complete supper, shred any leftover meat and pack it with corn tortillas, rice, lettuce, pico de gallo, and pepitas.
2. Tuna Salad Protein Box
Look no farther if you want to truly pile on the protein. The addition of an egg and unsalted almonds to tuna salad, which is made with Greek yogurt in place of mayo, ensures that you will get the required amount of protein. This meal is a top pick because to the two servings of fruit and vegetables.
3. Packed Like Sardines
Oily fish is heart-healthy and rich in heart-healthy fats. Cucumbers and sliced portobellos complement the sardines’ salinity and give them some bite. The two servings of fruit provide the ideal amount of carbohydrates, while the addition of almonds (and almond butter) boosts the protein content.
4. Meatless Mexican Lunch Box
No need for meat! Brown rice and beans provide a complete protein while also meeting the needs for fiber and carbohydrates. With homemade guacamole, tomatoes, and fresh greens, there are plenty of vegetables, and the salsa verde sauce makes it fun.
5. Spicy Chicken with Rice and Beans
This meal made in the Instant Pot is quick, simple, delicious, and healthful. The recipe is also adaptable. Use anything you have on hand, such as rice, quinoa, tofu, etc. This meal will be excellent as long as you utilize the cilantro “sunshine sauce,” though.
6. Tofu Sushi Bento Box
Sushi lovers, eat your hearts out! These vegan buns have baked teriyaki tofu and kale and bok cabbage that have been miso-marinated. If you still feel like you need more vegetables, the rest of the lovely bento is filled with Asian pears, persimmons, and carrots.
7. Egg Salad & Veggie Box
We adore how this lunch box’s huge compartment is stuffed with raw, fresh vegetables. The whole-grain crackers serve as the ideal tiny scoops for the egg salad, which has the ideal amount of protein. You can avoid the vending machine later with dried fruits and a square of dark chocolate.
8. Tofu Taco Salad
When a taco salad isn’t presented in a massive fried tortilla bowl, it’s remarkable how nutritious it can be. Extra points if you substitute crumbled tofu for the ground beef to save calories and saturated fat.
9. Avocado Chicken Salad Bento
You can pack more variety into your lunchbox the more slots it has. Three different vegetables, dried strawberries (which are always in season), a tasty chicken salad, and healthy fats from avocado and walnuts, which are rich in nutrients that relieve stress, make this a grazer’s delight.
Turkey Chopped Salad with Orange-Poppy Seed DressingBid adieu to bland cafeteria food and pre-packaged salads. This salad of freshly sliced turkey is loaded with crisp bacon, market-fresh vegetables, and fresh herbs. Include a baggie of golden tortilla strips and a bottle of our OJ-spiked dressing to liven up the idea of a healthy packed lunch.
Santa Fe Turkey Wraps
Avocado-Yogurt Spaghetti with Veggies
Shrimp and Broccoli Noodle Bowl
Lunch time! Bring on the good healthy packed lunch ideas. So what’s for lunch today? You need something that’s quick and packed with goodness. C’mon—we got this. The weather is warming up, which means we’ll need easy lunches that don’t feel like a chore to make, AND that keep us on the right side of summer health.