5 healthy lunches to pack on the go
Lunch can be annoying when you don’t know what to eat. You might find yourself in a cycle of wasting money on unhealthy takeout orders every afternoon or bored of the same old salad you’ve been bringing to lunch for the past month.
Here’s a list of five quick, healthy lunch ideas that will bring some variety to your afternoon meals.
Before we get into the quick, healthy lunch ideas, we’ll briefly touch on meal preparation for those who don’t already do it.
Cooking yourself dinner every night is time-consuming enough. When you have to consider your lunch for the next day, the whole thing can seem like too much work. This is why many people settle for sandwiches or order out for lunch.
Meal preparation is one of the ways to make everything a bit easier on yourself. Instead of making a single meal for each day, you can make multiple helpings and bring them to work with you for a week at a time.
Do your cooking over the weekend, making several days’ worth of food, and use containers to store your leftovers. That way, all you have to do is grab a container out of the fridge or freezer, and you’re on your way to work.
Quick Healthy Lunch Options
Without further delay, let’s get into some of the quick, healthy lunch ideas you can use to take the monotony out of your daily lunch break.
1. Dress Up a Salad
Bringing a salad with you for lunch is a healthy lunch idea you could probably think of on your own. Salads are quick and easy, and only require a bit of cooking if you want to add something like grilled chicken.
You don’t have to settle for boring salad ingredients, though. These get dull after a while, and you might find yourself ordering a meal just for the sake of variety.
Stay out of that boring salad rut by making a meal you’ll look forward to all morning. One of our favourites is a vegetarian-friendly “Green Power” salad we found on Drool-Worthy.
This salad includes broccoli, edamame, avocados, cashews, spinach, and cucumbers. The dressing is avocado based, with greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic salt, pepper, and olive oil. The recipe is easy, and you likely have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already.
The only ingredient in this dish that isn’t vegan-friendly is greek yogurt, but vegans can swap for your favourite dairy-free yogurt.
2. Cold Sesame Noodle Dish
We wanted to find a quick, healthy lunch option for our vegan readers as well, who might be on the lookout for something new. We’ve scoured the internet and come up with this zingy dish that you can eat right out of the container.
This cold sesame noodle meal prep recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron was one of our favourites, and quite easy to make. The only part that takes any time is the almond butter sauce, but all you have to do is follow the instructions, cook the pasta, cut up the veggies and make some daily portions for yourself.
3. Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers might sound complicated, but making them isn’t as difficult as you might think. One of their main selling points? You can make a batch of them and bring them to work with you all week.
Stuffed peppers are also great because they arguably taste even better the next day. They’ll be firmer, stick together better, and don’t lose their flavour or texture in the microwave.
On top of that, stuffed peppers are incredibly easy to store and transport. One pepper is the perfect portion for a meal, but you can bring some nuts or a side salad if you want to supplement it.
Of course, stuffed peppers can quickly tip the scales with not-so-healthy ingredients. This recipe from Sugar-Free Mom for turkey stuffed peppers is one of the healthier recipes we found for stuffed peppers and walks you through the steps nicely.
4. Avocado Caprese Wrap
Sandwiches aren’t all bad. They’re quick and easy, and the right ingredients will spice things up and give you a healthy alternative to cold cuts from the deli.
Here’s a delicious recipe for an Avocado Caprese Wrap on Foodie Crush. It’s full of whole food ingredients: wheat tortillas, arugula leaves, mozzarella, tomato, avocado, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
These are all ingredients that many people have in their kitchen or at least on the shopping list. This sandwich is perfect if you’re searching for something healthy and fast to make for tomorrow’s lunch.
5. Slow Cooker Curried Butternut Squash Stew
Slow cooker recipes are the best because you can set them and forget them. We found a tasty Slow Cooker Curried Butternut Squash Stew recipe on Woman’s Day.
Although this recipe takes a bit forward planning than some of the others we’ve included, it’s still a delicious way to spice up your afternoon and doesn’t take too much work on your part. Just add the ingredients to your slow cooker, set the timer, and you’re done!