Quick Easy Healthy Lunch Box Ideas


Are you looking for quick, easy healthy lunchbox ideas? I have a wonderful resource with some great recipes that are really simple to make and will give your family a nice variety of lunches with no fuss.

Are you struggling to pack healthy lunches for your kids? I know it can be hard when they get hungry at exactly the same time they break up from school. But, if you make a bit more effort, and use these quick and easy healthy lunch box ideas, it can make your life so much easier.

Quick Easy Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

Make your lunch more interesting with one of these nutritious suggestions, such as the light and crunchy carrot and edamame bean salad or the protein-rich hot smoked salmon with avocado and egg.

We have developed incredibly quick and simple lunchbox ideas as well as wholesome lunches for the office. everything from suggestions for vegetarian lunchboxes to protein-rich lunchboxes.

Prepare a lunchbox full of vegetables, fiber, and protein to bring with you so that your lunches will be healthier. This is very nutrient-dense and will keep your blood sugar levels in check by giving you steady energy so that you won’t fall asleep in your afternoon meetings. Protein is essential for mood and concentration because it contains the amino acids required to create our essential neurotransmitters. (brain chemicals).

With our collections of healthy soup recipes, healthy lunch recipes, low-calorie lunch recipes, and healthy sandwiches, you may find additional ideas for healthy lunches. You can also try one of the greatest healthy vegetable dishes from our selection.

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

Lunchbox recipes

Pack yourself a lunch box to look forward to – use up leftovers from the night before, simmer up some soup, or whip up a quick salad before work

  • A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.

    Make an exciting vegetarian salad wrap with crunchy veg for texture and a good hit of cheddar cheese. Perfect for packing into a lunchbox

  • Sesame chicken noodles

    Sesame chicken noodles

    Forget soggy lunchbox sandwiches and whip up a tasty and healthy chicken and noodle salad for lunch using our pre-made roast chicken recipe

  • Chipotle & lime prawn burrito bowls

    One chipotle & lime prawn burrito bowl

    Serve up a big bowl of colour with this easy prawn burrito bowl, with zingy chipotle and lime flavours. Full of nutrients, it provides four of your 5-a-day

  • Falafel lunchbox

    A falafel lunchbox with ingredients separated in compartments

    Make this falafel salad fun with a bento-style lunchbox. It’s great for toddlers and young children who prefer lunches with lots of individual elements. Use shop-bought falafel or make our Edamame falafel

  • Sesame, edamame & chicken noodle salad

    Sesame, edamame & chicken noodle salad in Tupperware

    Pack a picnic for the family with this healthy wholewheat noodle lunch with chicken, edamame, broccoli and sesame seeds. Make it in just 20 minutes

  • Lunchbox pasta salad

    Pasta salad served in a lunchbox

    Rustle up this pasta salad for kids’ lunchboxes. Customise with ham, prawns or eggs for a dose of protein – or cheese if catering for vegetarian diets

  • Coronation chicken salad

    Coronation chicken salad

    Rustle up this healthy and filling coronation chicken salad for a packed lunch in just five minutes using our roast chicken cooked beforehand to save time

  • Chocolate-stuffed flapjack bars

    Squares of chocolate-stuffed flapjack bars

    Indulge in these oaty flapjack bars with a smooth chocolate centre by GF member Zayana Price. Drizzle with extra chocolate for the professional look

  • Omelette in a bun

    Omelette in a bun served on a chopping board alongside fruit

    Make this tasty vegetarian omelette roll for lunchboxes, or a quick and easy dinner for kids. It’s guaranteed to satisfy fussy eaters

  • Cheese & bacon turnovers

    Cheese & bacon turnovers on a baking tray

    Make some moreish cheese and bacon turnovers for lunch, a picnic or buffet, and add a dollop of mustard if you like. They’ll keep for up to three days

  • Puff pastry pizzas

    One puff-pastry pizza

    Have fun preparing these puff pastry pizzas with kids. Chop up any veg you have into small pieces and let everyone choose their own toppings

  • Mozzarella, pepper & aubergine calzone

    Mozzarella, pepper & aubergine calzone on a chopping board

    Try these healthy Italian-inspired mozzarella, pepper and aubergine calzones for a working lunch, or pack up and eat outdoors on a warm day

  • Cheese, Marmite & spinach pinwheels

    Cheese, Marmite & spinach pinwheels served with tomato soup

    Make these easy pinwheels with cheddar, Marmite and spinach flavours to serve with soup or as part of a family picnic. Freeze before baking, if you prefer

  • Vegan salad bowl

    Buddha bowl salad served in a bowl

    Whip up an easy vegan salad, with beans, radish, pickled cabbage and couscous. Bursting with flavour, it makes a satisfying dinner or lunch on the go

  • Hummus rainbow wraps

    An open hummus rainbow wrap

    Make these colourful rainbow wraps, with hummus, beetroot, carrot, feta and baby spinach for a quick and easy veggie lunch for the whole family

  • Chicken with Spanish-style butter beans

    Chicken with Spanish-style butter beans

    Stuck for lunchbox inspiration? Try this healthy chicken and butterbean salad, which will fill you up for the afternoon and deliver four of your 5-a-day

  • Healthy tomato soup

    5-veg creamy tomato soup with marmite and spinach pinwheels

    Enjoy this vegetable-packed tomato soup for a lovely light family meal, with leftovers for the next day. Serve with bread or our Cheese, Marmite & spinach pinwheels

  • Chicken enchilada wraps

    A wholemeal wrap filled with chicken and herbs

    Use homemade wholemeal flatbreads instead of shop-bought tortillas in this recipe – perfect for wrapping up our lean spicy chicken. It counts as 3 of your 5-a-day, too

  • Creamy lentil & veggie curry

    Creamy lentil & veggie curry in a pan and bowl

    Swap in different veg to this family-friendly curry, or add a can of chickpeas to make it chunkier. Kids can take it to school in a wide-necked thermos

  • Super-versatile meatballs

    Swedish-style meatballs served in bowls

    Serve these meatballs Swedish-style with potatoes and lingonberry jam. You can also pack them in a wide-necked thermos with pasta for kids to take to school

  • BLT pasta salad

    BLT pasta salad

    An easy pasta salad that makes a tasty addition to any lunchbox. Ideal for kids aged 9 – 12, it also makes up 2 of their 5-a-day

  • Sweet potato, spinach & feta tortilla

    Sweet potato, spinach & feta tortilla cut into slices

    Make this tortilla the night before for a quick and easy picnic lunch for the family. With sweet potato, spinach and feta, it’s packed with flavour

  • Easy banana muffins

    Banana muffins served on a wire tray

    Make these moreish banana muffins for an easy breakfast or a snack on the go. They’re also great for lunchboxes and will prove popular with the whole family.

  • Noodle jar salad

    A jar filled with a layered salad

    Make this noodle jar salad before you head to work for a nutritious lunch. It contains mango, carrot and peanuts plus a flavourful Asian-style dressing

    Healthy Work Lunchbox Ideas

  • Baked Salmon & Avocado

    Baked Salmon & Avocado packed in a lunch box

    Avocado Shrimp Salad

    Avocado Shrimp Salad packed in a lunchbox with olives, lettuce and crackers

    Healthified Chicken Caeser Pita

    Chicken Ceasar Pita sandwich packed in a lunch box

    Stuffed Bagels

    Stuffed Bagel packed in a lunch box with strawberries and carrots

    Valentine’s Salad with guacamole

    Valentine's themed Salad packed in a lunch box

    Crockpot Cool Ranch Chicken Wrap

    Sandwich wrap packed with a container of guacamole, blueberries and a granola bar

    Easy Kale Salad ( kale and shredded deli meat) with s side of leftover Pizza Dip

    Pizza dip, pita chips, strawberries and a kale salad packed in a plastic lunch box

    Cowboy Caviar with some multigrain chips

     cowboy caviar packed in a lunch box with blueberries, chips and a granola bar

    Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad on a bed of lettuce.

    Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad packed in a lunch box

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