Healthy Lunch Ideas For University Students

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Having a healthy lunch in the university can be hard. From the lack of time to create a full meal, to everything being terribly unhealthy at the campus cafeteria, we all have trouble adjusting to our student lifestyle.

But thanks to these five great healthy lunch ideas for university students, anyone can enjoy fresh, appealing food that will keep you away from tired candy bars and microwave meals.

Healthy Lunch Ideas For University Students

Are you looking for cheap and healthy lunch ideas for university students? Are you a student who is very busy and don’t want to waste their time in the cafeteria line? Or you are an office worker who wants a great salad bowl or sandwich recipe for your desk lunch?

Finding healthy lunch options for university students on a budget can be difficult. With the pressure of tight budgets, plus the temptation of cheap fast food, it’s easy to fall into bad habits that lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. It’s hard to focus on your studies when you aren’t eating healthy and getting the nutrients you need.

17 Healthy Lunch Ideas For University Students

Put the supermarket sandwiches aside and make your own healthy and easy student lunches.

These healthy student lunch ideas and recipes are great for either taking to University with you or for sat eating at home.

1.  Cajun Chicken & Avocado Salad Wrap

Cajun Chicken Avocado Salad Wrap Recipe - 1

These delicious chicken and avocado salad wraps are super delicious and easy to make.

2.  Turkey Avocado and Sweetcorn Salad

Cajun Turkey Salad recipe - 1

This easy Cajun turkey (or chicken) salad makes for a healthy meal that is far from boring.

3.  The Ultimate Tuna Salad

The Ultimate Tuna Salad

This is the ultimate recipe for a quick, filling and most importantly (to me and you) tasty tuna salad with chickpeas and sweetcorn.

4.  Lime and chilli chicken with baked sweet potato

Lime and chilli chicken with baked sweet potato

Think healthy meals are boring? This beautiful summer dish will change your mind.

5.  Delicious Vegan ‘Tuna’ Melt

vegan tuna melt recipe - 2

A vegan ‘tuna’ melt makes for a delicious and easy meal.

6.  Healthy Salmon, Avocado and Egg Salad

Healthy Salmon, Avocado and Egg Salad Recipe - 1

This Healthy Salmon, Avocado and Egg Salad makes for an awesome lunch or light dinner recipe.

7.  Naked Turkey and Avocado Burgers

Naked Turkey and Avocado Burgers

These super healthy turkey burgers will be ready in just 15 minutes and taste delicious with avocado.

8.  Simple and quick Turkey and Avocado sandwich

Simple and quick Turkey and Avocado sandwich

A delicious, healthy and quick open sandwich with turkey, tomato and avocado.

9.  Chicken and Halloumi Salad

Low Carb Filling Chicken and Halloumi Salad

This Low Carb Filling Chicken and Halloumi Salad is an awesome healthy student recipe and easy to make too.

10.  Quick Tasty Halloumi Salad

Halloumi Salad recipe

Tasty Halloumi Salad: A quick healthy halloumi salad using simple ingredients, it can be made in no time.

11.  Vegan Hummus and Veggie Wrap

Vegan Hummus and Veggie Wrap recipe - 1

This quick and simple wrap recipe makes for a great vegan lunch idea.

12.  Tuna, Egg, Broccoli and Avocado Salad Box

Tuna, Egg, Broccoli and Avocado Salad Box Recipe - 2

This Tuna, Egg, Broccoli and Avocado Salad makes for a super healthy student recipe.

13.  Healthy Tuna and Avocado Salad Wraps

Healthy Tuna and Avocado Salad Wraps

A quick, simple and ultra healthy tuna and avocado salad wrap recipe.

14.  Strawberry and Chicken Salad

Strawberry and Chicken Salad

A healthy summery salad with chicken, bacon, avocado, blue cheese and strawberries.

15.  Super Healthy Turkey Chilli

An easy one-pan Spicy and healthy turkey chilli that will last for days and makes for a tasty lunch.

16.  Chicken And Carrot Avocado Wraps

Super Healthy Turkey Chilli

Combine carrot, avocado and chicken for a super healthy lunchtime wrap recipe.

17.  Ham and cream cheese wraps

Chicken And Carrot Avocado Wraps

A quick and simple lunch time snack and that’s easy to make and great to take out with you.

Mexican pulled chicken & beans

Mexican pulled chicken & beans

This budget-busting sharing platter of slow-cooked chipotle chicken is perfect for feeding a crowd – and won’t break a student budget, either

Pasta e fagioli

Two bowls of pasta e fagioli soup

Make this vegan soup in the slow cooker for a super-easy, healthy supper. Packed with veg, pasta and beans, it’s a satisfying soup for winter

Butter bean, mushroom & bacon pot pies

Three butter bean, mushroom & bacon pot pies

Top these mushroom, bacon, kale and tarragon pies with butter bean smash to make a healthy main meal that’s big on flavour but light on calories

Aubergine & chickpea stew

Aubergine & chickpea stew served in a bowl

Dig out the slow cooker to make this stew. Topped with toasted pine nuts and served with flatbreads, it makes a healthy and nutritious vegan meal

Tuna & sweetcorn fish cakes

Raid-the-cupboard tuna sweetcorn cakes

Tinned fish and sweetcorn are a lifesaver when you need to rustle up some simple potato patties for a healthy, budget-friendly supper

Chicken biryani pilau

Chicken biryani pilau

Easy and cheap to recreate at home, students won’t need to order takeaways ever again!

Spiced lentil & butternut squash soup

Spiced lentil & butternut squash soup served in bowls

Cook a big batch of this filling spiced lentil and squash soup and freeze the leftovers for a speedy supper another day. It’s healthy and low in fat

Miso noodles with fried eggs

A bowl of wholemeal noodles with vegetables and fried eggs

This quick and healthy veggie dinner has a base of wholemeal noodles for a filling, fibre-rich supper. It’s packed with 4 of your 5-a-day, plus vitamin C and iron too

Big-batch bolognese

Big-batch bolognese

Whip up a huge batch of bolognese that’s fit to feed a hungry crowd, or freeze half for a speedy midweek meal

Linguine with avocado, tomato & lime

Two plates serving linguine with avocado, tomato & lime

Use guacamole ingredients to make this low-calorie vegan linguine which can also be served cold as a pasta salad. It delivers on flavour and it’s healthy.

Homemade muesli with oats, dates & berries

Bowl of muesli with berries

 star rating of 4.6 out of 5.13 ratingsPacked with oats, pecans, seeds, dates, puffed wheat and berries, this delicious breakfast muesli will help you to start your day the right way

Black beans & avocado on toast

Mexican beans & avocado on toast

A vibrant Mexican-style breakfast with fresh avocado and black beans. Give yourself a healthy start with our easy vegan beans on toast with a twist

Burrito bowl with chipotle black beans

Burrito bowl with chipotle black beans

This healthy burrito bowl is chock full of veggies and greens, perfect for a filling lunch. This is one vegetarian meal that tastes just as good as it looks

Mexican-style bean soup with shredded chicken & lime

Mexican-style bean soup with shredded chicken & lime

Use leftover chicken breast in this substantial healthy soup. Alternatively, make the recipe vegetarian by topping with chunky, fresh guacamole

Masala frittata with avocado salsa

Masala frittata with avocado salsa

A spicy twist on a simple frittata recipe, with Masala paste, coriander and plump cherry tomatoes. Pair it with our avocado salsa for a light and budget-friendly supper

Bircher muesli with apple & banana

Bircher muesli with apple & banana

Soaking oats and seeds overnight makes them easier to digest, and the muesli will be extra creamy. Great for a quick breakfast straight from the fridge

Veggie wholewheat pot noodle

Veggie wholewheat pot noodle

This clever packed lunch is super healthy, with crisp vegetables, wholewheat noodles and a spicy, zingy dressing

Thai prawn & ginger noodles

Thai prawn & ginger noodles

This seafood stir-fry, with fiery ginger and crunchy veg, is as healthy as it is delicious – a low-fat and low-calorie weeknight dinner

Stir-fry with broccoli & brown rice

Stir-fried Quorn with broccoli & brown rice

Combine ready-to-cook vegetarian, chicken-style pieces with super-healthy broccoli, ginger and garlic for a quick, veggie dinner.

Spicy chicken & avocado wraps

Spicy chicken & avocado wraps

Pan-fry lean chicken breast with lime, chilli and garlic, then pile onto seeded tortilla wraps. Cool before assembling if packing for lunch

Egg & rocket pizzas

Egg & rocket pizzas

Use seeded tortillas as pizza bases for a quick and healthy lunch – crack an egg in the centre and bake to boost protein intake

Fruit & nut breakfast bowl

Fruit & nut breakfast bowl

Top cheap and healthy porridge oats with chopped fresh oranges, Greek yogurt and a sprinkling of dried fruit, nuts and seeds.

Red lentil & carrot soup

Red lentil & carrot soup

This warming and budget-friendly vegetarian soup is perfect packed in a flask for lunch. It’s also easy to double the quantities and freeze half for later

Courgette tortilla with toppings

Courgette tortilla with toppings

Transform everyday eggs into a flavour-packed dish with hummus, peppers and olives – a great healthy vegetarian lunch

Healthy Meals For College Students On A Budget

Are you a college student looking for healthy meals for college students on a budget, but don’t want to spend a ton of money on food? Having been a poor college student myself, I know how much it sucks to have to limit yourself in the grocery aisle. I also know how difficult it is to eat healthy, lose weight, and be your best self when you’re counting every last penny — that’s why I’m going to share some tips and strategies for saving money on healthy foods.

Forget those supermarket sandwiches and make your own lunch for University with these cheap and easy student lunch ideas.

They’re great for either a quick bite at home or something to take in advance and take with you to classes or just out and about.

Vegan Hummus and Veggie Wrap

Vegan Hummus and Veggie Wrap recipe - 1

This quick and simple wrap recipe makes for a great vegan lunch idea.

Turkey Avocado and Sweetcorn Salad

Cajun Turkey Salad recipe - 1

This easy Cajun turkey (or chicken) salad makes for a healthy meal that is far from boring.

Tasty Chicken Burrito Rice

Tasty Chicken Burrito Rice

Make the evening before for lunch the next day. Great on its own or you can enjoy in a burrito.

The Ultimate Tuna Salad

The Ultimate Tuna Salad

This is the ultimate recipe for a quick, filling and most importantly (to me and you) tasty tuna salad with chickpeas and sweetcorn.

Cajun Chicken & Avocado Salad Wrap

Cajun Chicken Avocado Salad Wrap Recipe - 1

These delicious chicken and avocado salad wraps are super delicious and easy to make.

Loaded Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Baked Potato

Loaded Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Baked Potato Recipe - 1

Combine two all time favourites with this loaded BLT baked potato.

Delicious Vegan ‘Tuna’ Melt

vegan tuna melt recipe - 2

A vegan ‘tuna’ melt makes for a delicious and easy meal.

Vegan roasted vegetables

Vegan roasted vegetables

Cook these roasted veggies in advance and enjoy for lunch with with hummus, sliced avocado, fresh parsley or a drizzle of tahini.

Quick Tasty Halloumi Salad

Halloumi Salad recipe

Tasty Halloumi Salad: A quick healthy halloumi salad using simple ingredients, it can be made in no time.

Chicken and Spinach Ciabatta Pizzas

Chicken and Spinach Ciabatta Pizzas

These Chicken and Spinach Ciabatta Pizzas make for a take just minutes and make for a quick and tasty snack.

Chicken and cheese quesadillas

Chicken and cheese quesadillas

A yummy quick meal that will make use of leftover chicken

Strawberry and Chicken Salad

Strawberry and Chicken Salad

A healthy summery salad with chicken, bacon, avocado, blue cheese and strawberries.

Scrummy Bacon Salad

Scrummy Bacon Salad

Here’s a super quick salad recipe that’s almost completely healthy.

Healthy Turkey Chilli

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An easy one-pan Spicy and healthy turkey chilli that will last for days and makes for a tasty lunch. Get the recipe here.

Simple and quick Turkey and Avocado sandwich

Simple and quick Turkey and Avocado sandwich

A delicious, healthy and quick open sandwich with turkey, tomato and avocado.

Delicious Vegan ‘Tuna’ Melt

vegan tuna melt recipe - 2

A vegan ‘tuna’ melt makes for a delicious and easy meal.

Tuna, Egg, Broccoli and Avocado Salad Box

Tuna, Egg, Broccoli and Avocado Salad Box Recipe - 2

This Tuna, Egg, Broccoli and Avocado Salad makes for a super healthy student recipe.

‘Walking taco’

walking taco

This easy Mexican style-feast is trivial to make, requires no clean up and makes for a great lunchtime meal.

Healthy Crispy Chicken and Avocado Wraps

Healthy Crispy Chicken and Avocado Wraps recipe - 1

These toasted chicken and avocado wraps are not only healthy, they take just 10 minutes.

Chicken rice and veg

rice chicken veg easy 10

This rice with chicken and vegetables can be cooked in less than 2 minutes in the microwave. Add in some cheese if you like and take with you Uni.

Fully loaded veggie burrito

Fully loaded veggie burrito

You can cook up his packed egg and veggie burrito in the morning for lunch later.

Southern Fried Chicken Salad

Southern Fried Chicken Salad recipe

This Southern Fried Chicken Salad is totally yummy and all so simple to make.  Get the full recipe here: > Southern Fried Chicken Salad

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