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How To Pack A Healthy Lunch

July 8, 2021

How To Pack A Healthy Lunch

 

How To Pack A Healthy Lunch

Packing your lunch and bringing it to work or school can be useful for so many different things, and it’s much better than buying fast food or buying lunch from somewhere.

It can fuel your day with nutritious foods, it can save you money since it’s much more affordable, you can stick to your meal plan easily (if you have one), and you can stay on track with your healthy eating and weight loss journey easily (if you’re on one).

By packing your lunch, you are controlling exactly what’s going into it, and you can pack a great lunch that will keep you energized and ready to finish work or school.

So, what should a healthy lunch look like? A healthy lunch should have enough protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables.

How To Pack A Healthy Lunch

Here are my best tips for packing healthy lunches, full of nutrients, that are perfect for eating at work or school, and will leave you energized.

Meal Prep

Meal prepping is one of the best tips for packing healthy lunches all the time!

Choose one day of the week (Sunday would probably be the easiest), and prepare food for the whole week, or for a few days. Put it in the fridge or the freezer (depending on what you’re making), and just reheat it when you want to bring it to work.

That way, you’ll have a delicious, healthy and balanced lunch prepared in no time, you won’t skip packing lunch because you didn’t have time to cook that morning, and you’ll know in advance what you’ll be eating.

If you need more help, I have more meal prep tips for you!

Use Leftovers

Leftovers are a lifesaver and once you start using them, you won’t look back!

One thing you can do is purposely make a bigger dinner for the night before, so you know you’ll have some leftovers to turn into tomorrow’s lunch.

Packing a lunch from leftovers is so easy, and you can turn one meal into so many different dishes. 

For example, if you had a rice bowl for lunch or dinner, you can put it into a tortilla and turn it into a burrito for your next day’s lunch to bring to work or school.

You can make wraps, sandwiches, bowls, salads, and so much more. Some leftover grilled chicken, leftover grilled veggies, or anything similar – they can be used in so many different ways. You can create a chicken salad (add olive oil for some healthy fats), pair them with brown rice to make a bowl, and you’ll have a healthy and delicious packed lunch.

Just get creative, and you’ll come up with something healthy and delicious!

Have Backups In Your Pantry

It’s always a good idea to have some backup staples in your pantry. 

If you’re coming up with a last-minute lunch to pack for yourself or your family, there’s nothing worse than realizing you don’t have a basic ingredient you thought you had. 

So, having backups for staple ingredients is a great idea. It can save you time and stress!

Plus, when you have the staples, you can even pack a super simple and quick lunch – boiled eggs, apple slices & peanut butter, veggies and hummus (bell peppers, cucumbers, etc.), or anything similar. You can even pack those as healthy snacks.

Healthy Lunch Ideas To Pack For Work Or School

Now, let’s get into my favorite healthy lunch ideas that you can prepare and pack for work or school!

Broccoli, Chicken & Bacon Sheetpan

384 calories

Ingredients:

  • 3 Uncured bacon, slice – 132 calories

  • 2 cups Broccoli – 62 calories

  • 5 oz Chicken breast, boneless, skinless, raw – 190 calories

  • 1 Garlic salt, dash – 0 calories

  • 1 Pepper, dash – 0 calories

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil & spray with an oil spray.

  3. Slice chicken into bite sized pieces and cut bacon into bite-sized pieces with kitchen shears.

  4. Add all ingredients to the baking sheet in a single layer.

  5. Bake ~40 minutes, mixing contents midway through. If bacon hasn’t cooked through, bake another 5-10 minutes.

  6. Once cooked, top with seasonings.

  7. No bacon? Use turkey or soy bacon. No chicken? Use tofu, fish, or beans.

Chopped Chicken Salad

443 calories

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Leafy greens, lettuce, raw – 10 calories

  • ½ Tomato, medium – 11 calories

  • ¼ Onion, red – 13.75 calories

  • 5 oz Chicken thigh, boneless, skinless, raw – 190 calories

  • 1 Egg, large – 72 calories

  • ¼ cup Cheese, shredded, cheddar – 114 calories

  • 1½ slice Artichokes, canned (pieces) – 15 calories

  • 1 Tbsp Vinaigrette, light (less than 50 calories per 2 Tbsp) – 17.5 calories

  • 1 Salt, dash – 0 calories

  • 1 Pepper, dash – 0 calories

Instructions:

  1. Hard boil egg by placing it in a small pot with water (have water level 1 inch above egg), turning the heat to medium, bringing the pot’s contents to a boil, and boiling for 9 minutes.

  2. Slice egg into 4 pieces when cooked through.

  3. Cut chicken, onion, and tomato into small pieces.

  4. Spray pan with an oil spray. Cook chicken for 8-10 minutes on medium heat, until cooked through.

  5. Combine all ingredients.

  6. Top with dressing, salt, and pepper.

  7. No chicken? Use tofu, fish, or beans. No dairy? Use a dairy-free cheese, avocado, or an oil-based dressing.

Chicken Greek Salad

422 calories

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup Cheese, crumbled, feta – 133 calories

  • 1 Cucumber, small – 32 calories

  • 1 cup Tomatoes, grape – 32 calories

  • 5 oz Chicken breast, boneless, skinless, raw – 190 calories

  • 1 Garlic salt, dash – 0 calories

  • 2 Tbsp Vinaigrette, light (less than 50 calories per 2 Tbsp) – 35 calories

  • 1 Salt, dash – 0 calories

  • 1 Pepper, dash – 0 calories

  • 1 Basil, dash – 0 calories

  • 1 Oregano, dash – 0 calories

Instructions:

  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and season with garlic salt.

  2. Spray a pan with an oil spray. Cook chicken pieces for 8-9 minutes on medium heat, or until cooked through.

  3. Combine feta, cucumber (chopped), tomatoes (halved), and chicken.

  4. Top with dressing and seasonings.

  5. No chicken? Use tofu or fish. No dairy? Use a dairy-free cheese or avocado.

  6. Note: I like Trader Joe’s fat free vinaigrette – but Paul Newman, Whole Foods, etc. all have good light dressings

Ground Turkey Bowl with Sweet Potatoes

385 calories

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz Ground turkey, 93% lean, raw – 129 calories

  • ½ Bell pepper, red – 18.5 calories

  • ½ Bell pepper, green – 13.5 calories

  • ⅓ cup Cheese, shredded, mozzarella – 112 calories

  • 1 Potato, sweet, medium, 5 inches – 112 calories

  • 1 Cumin, dash – 0 calories

  • 1 tsp Red pepper flakes, dash – 0 calories

  • 1 Salt, dash – 0 calories

Instructions:

  1. Poke holes in baked potato on top & bottom with a fork 

  2. Microwave for 8 minutes, flipping potato over halfway through. Once cooked, slice in to small pieces.

  3. While potato is cooking, spray pan with an oil spray, cook ground turkey and bell pepper (chopped into medium-sized pieces) on medium heat until cooked through, ~8 minutes 

  4. Add rest of ingredients into the pan and heat through, ~3 minutes

Greek Lunch Box with Hummus

487 calories

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Hummus – 100 calories

  • 1 oz Olives, sliced – 50 calories

  • ¼ Onion, red – 13.75 calories

  • 1 Tomato, medium – 22 calories

  • ½ Cucumber, small – 16 calories

  • ⅓ cup Cheese, crumbled, feta – 133 calories

  • 4 oz Chicken breast, boneless, skinless, raw – 152 calories

  • 1 Salt, dash – 0 calories

  • 1 Oregano, dash – 0 calories

Instructions:

  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces, mix with seasonings.

  2. Spray a pan with an oil spray, cook chicken for ~10 minutes, until cooked through. Let cool before adding to boxes.

  3. Arrange all ingredients in boxes.

  4. Store hummus in a separate container.

  5. Dairy free? Use a dairy free cheese or avocado. Vegetarian? Add an additional serving of feta or use tofu.

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