15 Tasty Ideas for a Healthy Packed Lunch

15 Tasty Ideas for a Healthy Packed Lunch | The Health Sessions

 

When the end of summer rolls around, I still get that back-to-school feeling, even as an adult. The holidays are over and most of us are readjusting to our ‘normal’ daily life again. Which makes September the perfect time for making healthy changes!

One way to shake up your health routines is to give your regular office lunch a little upgrade. Ok, admittedly, these delicious lunch ideas require a little more prep than your average peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But they do pack a punch in the nutrition and taste department!

So bring a healthy packed lunch to work or school with one of these 15+ appetizing lunch ideas! 

 

The Sandwich 2.0

 

There’s nothing wrong with a good old ham and cheese sandwich. But if you’re looking for a flavorful and nutritious change, why not take your brown-bagged lunch to the next level with one of these veggie-packed options?

 

Avocado and Egg Spring Sandwich with Super Seed Bread from The Awesome Green

Healthy Work Lunches: Avocado Egg Radish Sandwich from The Awesome Green | The Health Sessions

 

The Ultimate Veggie Sandwich from Edible Perspective

Healthy Work Lunches: The Ultimate Veggie Sandwich from Edible Perspective | The Health Sessions

 

Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich from Minimalist Baker

Healthy Work Lunches: Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich from Minimalist Baker | The Health Sessions

 

Strawberry Balsamic Chia Jam, Goats Cheese Cream and Basil on Sourdough from Cashew Kitchen

Healthy Work Lunches: Strawberry Chia Jam, Goats Cheese & Basil Sandwich from Cashew Kitchen | The Health Sessions

 

The Best PBJ Open Sandwich from Tales of a Kitchen

Healthy Work Lunches: The Best PBJ Open Sandwich from Tales of a Kitchen | The Health Sessions

 

Wrap It Up!

 

In my home country the Netherlands, lunch traditionally equals bread. But food items like wraps, pita pockets and rice paper rolls are a welcome carb-lovers alternative – and they’re so easy to stuff with healthy and delicious fillings!

 

Greek Chicken and Kale Pita Sandwiches from Melanie Makes

Healthy Work Lunches: Greek Chicken and Kale Pita Sandwiches from Melanie Makes | The Health Sessions

 

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Wraps from Williams-Sonoma “Taste”

Healthy Work Lunches: Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Wraps from Williams - Sonoma | The Health Sessions

 

Easy Lunch Wrap with Sweet Potato, Hummus and Greens from The Awesome Green

Healthy Work Lunches: Easy Lunch Wrap with Sweet Potato, Hummus and Greens from The Awesome Green | The Health Sessions

 

Rainbow Fruity Rice Paper Rolls from Volcom 

Healthy Work Lunches: Rainbow Fruity Rice Paper Rolls from Volcom | The Health Sessions

 

Pack-and-Go Lunches

 

Packing your lunch in a mason jar or a thermos instead of your lunchbox opens up a whole new range of healthy lunch ideas: crispy, filling salads, noodle pots, soups or even a hot lunch.

 

Salads in a Jar from A Beautiful Mess

“Salads in a jar” is a simple idea with endless varieties. Try the black bean and corn salad, tomato and mozzarella pasta salad or quinoa and sweet chicken salad from A Beautiful Mess or follow this template to build your own version.

Healthy Work Lunches: Salads in a Jar from A Beautiful Mess | The Health Sessions

 

Ingenious Noodle Pots from Hemsley + Hemsley via GOOP

These noodle pots are a healthy, modern version of Cup-a-Soup — you just add hot water when lunchtime rolls around!

Healthy Work Lunches: Ingenious Noodle Pots from Hemsley + Hemsley (via GOOP) | The Health Sessions

 

Healthy Vegetarian Enchilada Soup from Laura Fuentes

Do you craving something a little more warming than a sandwich or salad? Bring a hearty soup to work or school with you in a thermos can or insulated food container.

Healthy Work Lunches: Vegetarian Enchilada Soup from Laura Fuentes | The Health Sessions

 

The Hippest Lunch Box in Town

 

A bento box turns your everyday lunch into a feast for one. Appetizing and practical, you can carry lots of different foods in one single container.

 

The Most Helpful Lunch Box Ever from Earthbound Farm

Not so much a recipe, but more a useful template for creating your own delicious bento box. What will you put in yours?

Healthy Work Lunches: The Most Helpful Lunch Box Ever from Earthbound Farm | The Health Sessions

 

Real Food Bento Box from Frugal Nutrition – with salmon-avocado onigiri rolls, spinach frittata, fruit kebabs and oat cookies. Yum!

Healthy Work Lunches: Real Food Bento Box from Frugal Nutrition | The Health Sessions

 

A Round-Up of Paleo Lunch Box Ideas from NomNomPaleo

Not a fan of grains, sugar and dairy? Look no further than these hearty lunch boxes packed spicy tuna cakes with crudité, zucchini  and smoked salmon pinwheels or a salad with prosciutto-wrapped peaches.

Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas: A Round-Up of Paleo Lunch Boxes from NomNomPaleo | The Health Sessions

 

For more inspiration for healthy packed lunches (and grab-and-go breakfasts), check out “The Portable Feast” from Jeanne Kelley. 

 

What kind of lunch do you like to bring to work or school with you?

 

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