Healthy Lunch Ideas For Winter


Are you finding yourself struggling to come up with healthy lunch ideas for winter? I know it can be tough when you have to bundle up, go outside and make a lunch in the cold. Learn more about the benefits of eating lunch below.

The cold winter is the perfect time to stay at home, wrap up in warm blankets and watch your Favorite show on Netflix. It’s also a great time to make a delicious and healthy winter lunches! Here are some healthy Winter Recipes that will get you through the winter months.

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Healthy Lunch Ideas for Winter

When the temperatures drop, we tend to reach for hearty comfort foods and mugs of hot cocoa—especially during the holiday season. But there are also plenty of satisfying healthy recipes out there, too! In fact, eating healthy isn’t just about salads; there are also healthy soups, chilis, and grain bowls that are all warm and nourishing. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best healthy winter recipes to give you the comfort you crave while still staying on track. Here, you’ll find healthy breakfast recipes, light lunches, and filling winter dinner ideas—all packed with good-for-you ingredients.

Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or just looking for a quick weeknight dinner, there are plenty of healthy seasonal recipes that work just as well for Christmas as they do for any chilly night of the week. Try lightened-up versions of your favorite dishes like mac and cheese made with butternut squash or Swedish meatballs made with lean ground turkey. There are also tons of healthy chicken recipes and even some healthy appetizers that you can serve for the holidays. Check out Ree Drummond’s gorgeous crudités with an herb dip or the buffalo cauliflower bites made in an air fryer. Of course, we threw some salad recipes on this list, too—but they’re not your average leafy greens. They all have hearty additions, like salmon, shrimp, or roasted vegetables.

Not only are these cozy winter recipes sure to hit the spot, but they’re also healthy enough to keep up with your New Year’s resolutions. Try all of them this season—and even some in the year beyond!


Healthy Winter Recipes

Whole Roasted Cauliflower Turmeric Soup (243 Calories)

You don’t even have to chop anything. Need we say more?

healthy winter recipes roasted tomato soup recipe

The Best Damn Tomato Soup (90 Calories)

Leave the can opener in the drawer tonight. (And don’t forget the grilled cheese.)

healthy winter recipes dijon maple chicken with brussels and butternut recipe

Dijon-maple Chicken With Brussels Sprouts And Butternut Squash (529 Calories)

It’s ready in under an hour and requires a single pan. We’re sold.

healthy winter recipes five ingredient green curry recipe

Five-ingredient Green Curry (305 Calories)

From now on, we’ll only eat veggies when they’re smothered in a creamy curry sauce. Just kidding. Kind of.

healthy winter recipes restorative miso noodle soup recipe


Restorative Miso Noodle Soup (213 Calories)

It’s light and gut-friendly, yes, but it’s also cozy, easy to make and delicious to boot.

healthy winter recipes 20 minute paleo egg roll bowls recipe


20-minute Paleo Egg Roll Bowls (380 Calories)

Wonton wrappers, we hardly knew ye.

healthy winter recipes charred sweet potatoes pistachio pesto chile recipe


Charred Sweet Potatoes With Pistachio-chili Pesto (302 Calories)

This vegetarian number is technically a side dish, but it’s also filling enough to moonlight as a main course.

healthy winter recipes fall roasted vegetable and lentil salad with pine nut cream recipe


Roasted Vegetable And Lentil Salad With Pine Nut Cream (489 Calories)

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Aran Goyoaga’s vegan pine nut cream. But careful: One taste and you’ll want to put it on everything.

healthy winter recipes ginger scallion chicken meatballs with sesame soy glaze recipe

Benefits of Eating Lunch

Lunch arguably could be viewed as one of the most important meals of the day. Eating a nutritious, well balanced, all-natural lunch could be just what your body needs and craves.

1. Mental Health Benefits

Lunch not only provides your body with the fuel it needs to finish off the day, but it feeds our mental health too.

Have you ever skipped lunch and wondered why you were so cranky later in the day? Food is not only fuel, but also a mental health mood stabilizer.

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) approximately 1 in 25, or 9.8 million adults in the U.S have and/or will experience a serious mental illness within a given year.

Research has found poor nutrition and diet can directly effect and in some cases exacerbate one’s mental health.

Feed your body and your mind – eat lunch!

2. Metabolism Booster

eating lunch keeps your metabolism active. According to the Weight Control Information Network, “people who regularly skip meals tend to weigh more than people who eat throughout the day.”

3. Blood Sugar Level Balancer

eating lunch has been found to re-energize your body and increase one’s blood sugar levels. During those long afternoon hours when focus and concentration are likely lagging eating even a small meal can give your body the needed ‘boost’ to complete the days activities.

4. Mindful Eating

In a recent study by Harvard University, it was found that people who ate while distracted actually ate more food. Whereas ‘mindful eating’ has been linked to eating less and making healthier food choices. While you may be tempted to sit at your desk, play on your phone and hibernate indoors. Do yourself a favor; take a break, step away from the office and ‘actively’ participate in your meal choices and food selection. Your overall well-being is dependent upon this simple choice.

5. Friendships

yes, that’s right, your midday meal maybe the perfect way to connect with family, friends and colleagues. Thus, putting the ‘busyness’ of the day’s activities aside and making room for the ‘present’.

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