Quick Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas For Work

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There are so many reasons we struggle to find healthy lunch ideas. We try to eat healthy but we don’t always have time to pack a lunch. Then after work we are tired and we just want to veg out in front of the TV. It isn’t that we don’t know what is healthier, after all we don’t want to make the same mistakes as our parents when they were making us those brown bags lunches. We just don’t know how to make smart choices so we can enjoy healthier lunches that give us what we crave and make us feel good about ourselves at the same time.

Quick Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas For Work

Have you ever had those moments where you are running out the door and suddenly you realize you forgot to pack a lunch… again!

Let me paint a picture for you, and you can tell me if it sounds familiar or not.

8:45: Oops… forgot to make breakfast! You grab a granola bar and head out.

10:00 You feel a crash coming on. Time for a coffee!

3:00 You lost track of time. You are STARVING! You gorge yourself on the nearest fast food joint you can find. The day begins to trickle by again. You snag a few more coffees, sodas, and a couple candy bars to hold you over as your energy begins to crash and stress takes over.

8:00- Feeling ravenous again!! You gorge yourself on Pizza. A well-deserved treat.

12:00- The hunger begins to strike again. You try to muster up the willpower to keep you from running to the fridge.

Look, if that scenario at all hit home, then you are not in good company. Working as a fitness professional has really taught me quite a few things: one of them being just how bent our modern culture is towards an unhealthy lifestyle. Convenience is key in our society. While that can produce a productive and fullfililng life in some instances, I have also seen some side effects. I see the people who feel like they are dragging through each day, hoping to find the balance between a successful career, thriving relationships, and abundant health!

Here is the good news: there is an answer. If you are one of those people struggling to make a change in their life, then it’s time to blend convenience with health!

I have found some of the best quick and healthy meals for you to life your busy life and feel amazingly healthy at the same time! Here are my top 25 meals that you can bring to work!

1. Hummus Collard Wraps

I absolutely love collard wraps! And for good reason. For one, they are so fresh and satisfying that you will feel like the healthiest person alive. Second, they are extremely easy to make and pack. Third, they taste delicious!

Trust me, if you really want to get a health kick started strong, a collard wrap is the way to do it!

2. Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl

Even the word mediterranean peaks my cravings for a healthy meal! This quinoa bowl is nutrient dense and will leave you satiated with it’s high amounts of fiber. You can meal prep these for the week and have a week’s worth of lunches in about 30 minutes.

3. Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies Bowl25 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

Sheet pan meals are an absolute favorite of mine! It’s as simple as a pop in the oven and you’re all set. These meal prep bowls are going to be a definite favorite for you. You’ll feel like you’re eating a gourmet meal without spending hours in the kitchen.

4. Keto Proscuitto Egg Cups25 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

Are you jumping on the keto bandwagon? Then these egg cups are definitely for you! The high protein and satiating fats will keep your cravings at bay. You’ll forget how healthy you are even eating with this keeper of a recipe.

5. Low-Carb Pad Thai25 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

Have you tried Shiritake noodles yet? If not, you definitely should! These impressive noodles are made primarily of a specific type of yam soaked in water. The end product is a delicious 0-calorie noodle.

Pad Thai has long been a favorite of mine, and these noodles make it possible to keep my blood sugar balanced while enjoying an old time favorite. Definitely give it a shot!

6. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers25 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

These chicken enchilada stuffed peppers pack a good serving of nutrients and protein while making meal prep simple. The great thing is, packing it is simple and reheating the meal is not a problem. Definitely add this amazing meal to your meal prep list.

7. Poke Bowl25 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

Have you jumped on the Poke Bowl bandwagon? If not, you are about to discover a new favorite! Picture sushi in a bowl. This incredible is perfect for a day of relaxing.

8. Chicken Hummus Sushirrito

If you are wondering what on earth a sushirrito is, then let me help you out, it’s a blend between a burrito and sushi. Of course, this one takes on a bit of a twist.

To make meal preps super easy, it is loaded with sprouts, chicken, hummus, and veggies. The preparation literally takes minutes, and it’s a fun new twist if you find yourself getting bored of salads.

9. Skillet Pizza25 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

Guess what? Pizza isn’t completely off the menu! This Pizza has tortillas used as the base, meaning you cut the carb while still curbing that craving. Not only that, but it is extremely simple to make. Meal prep or cheat meal? I’d say it’s the best of both combined!

10. Bento Boxes25 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

These lunches were originally invented in Japan and are basically the equivallent of an American lunch bag. Since then, it has become an American favorite and can be filled with just about any filler you crave. From Mediteranean to American, these boxes are sure to be a favorite, especially for meals on the go!

5 Healthy and Easy Lunch Ideas for Work

1. 15-minute lentil soup

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Soup is the ultimate make-ahead meal, since you can cook a big batch that’s easy to store and re-heat (you can even freeze leftovers). This easy variation will leave you feeling satiated and energized thanks to its chief ingredient, lentils. Lentils are chock-full of fiber with over 15 grams per cup. A high fiber intake is tied to a lower risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Also, this recipe is gluten-free and can be easily made vegan if you use veggie broth.

2. Shrimp summer rolls

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Summer rolls are an ideal packed lunch because they don’t need to be reheated and they’re handheld—perfect for munching at your desk. This recipe combines veggies with lean protein from shrimp, plus flavorful garlic, lime juice, ginger, and cilantro. Incorporating lean protein into your lunch breaks is crucial for maintaining steady energy all afternoon. Why? Protein prevents blood sugar spikes and the subsequent crashes that can make us sleepy and then cranky a few hours after we eat. To round out the meal even more, add a healthy fat like sliced avocado or a side of chopped nuts.

3. Quick chickpea curry

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This simple, mouthwatering recipe is easy to make, thanks to ingredients you likely already have on hand—such as canned chickpeas and ketchup. Chickpeas—along with lentils, beans, and other legumes—are classified as pulses. According to a 2021 review published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition found those who ate about 150 grams of pulses a day (about 2/3 a cup) saw improvements in blood pressure, inflammation, and body composition (i.e. your ratio of fat to muscle). For an added boost of nutrients, throw in a handful of fresh baby spinach for more fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin A.

4. Egg salad with herbs and pickles

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Instead of relying on traditional mayo, which lacks protein and may contain artificial preservatives, this recipe combines hard-boiled eggs with Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein with over 16 grams per individual container. Protein is crucial for building and maintaining bones, muscles, skin, and even immune cells.

For more nutrients, consider adding extra veggies, like minced bell pepper, chopped kale, or sliced grape tomatoes. You’ll also want to separately pack a slice of whole-grain bread to serve the salad over, or round out your meal with a side of fresh in-season fruit.

5. Vegan chili

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Not only does this hearty recipe pack fiber and nutrients thanks to its variety of veggies, beans, and chickpeas, but it also has a bit of a kick (perfect for spicing up a sluggish afternoon). It also includes avocados, which are a great source of good-for-you fats known for protecting heart health and raising beneficial HDL cholesterol levels. Avocados also contain polyphenol antioxidants, which protect cells from damage that could lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Just be sure to separately pack your avocado garnish so it doesn’t get too mushy by mealtime.

5 Creative (and Easy!) Ideas for Lunch at Work That’ll Make Everyone Jealous

1. Asian Quinoa Salad

This salad’s not only delicious, but it’s pretty, too. If the number of ingredients in the dressing overwhelms you (understandably), pick up something similar to this Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette.

2. Avocado Chicken Salad

This chicken salad has four ingredients. Four! Plus avocado. Point made. You can also make it into a sandwich or a wrap, which makes this quite the versatile recipe.

3. Smashed Avocado Chickpea Salad

A vegetarian twist on the salad above, this one uses chickpeas instead of chicken, so you can still get a great source of protein. Smash away!

4. Brussels Sprouts Salad With Apples, Pecans, and Manchego

Brussels sprouts are a great alternative to lettuce for a greens-based salad (maybe because they look like tiny heads of cabbage). And as someone who studied abroad in Spain, I can tell you that Manchego cheese is the best. Want a hack for this salad? Many stores sell sprouts that are already chopped and bagged, meaning you can just open and dump into a bowl.

5. Cherry-Almond Farro Salad

Farro’s a grain with a ton of fiber and will help to fill you up (so you aren’t ravenous and stealing from the office candy drawer 30 minutes later). And the cherries are the perfect sweet and tart addition.

6. Chopped Kale, Farro, and Chickpea Salad

This combination of foods is the perfect protein and fiber powerhouse. While the recipe calls for red miso paste, you can easily substitute another dressing for that (because who has red miso paste?). But if you do have it, go for it!

7. Chorizo and Tomato Salad

A reminder that simple doesn’t always equal boring. The chorizo adds some smoke and spice to really make this salad pop.

8. Lentil Salad With Goat Cheese

You had me at goat cheese.

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