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 Bowl
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 Cups
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 Thai
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 Peppers
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 Bowl
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 Pizza
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 Boxes
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!
11. Salad in a Jar
Salad in a Jar is nothing new, but it’s a classic that we all should come back to when we get stuck in a health rut. These salads are extremely easy to prep, and even easier to pack.
Grab a variety of veggies and toppings, stack them in a jar, and create varied editions of veggie-packed meals for every day of the week. You’ll be feeling fresh and ready for a new lifestyle!
12. Chicken and Avocado Burritos
Who doesn’t love a good burrito? With this delicious lunch, you get all the pros without the cons of feeling heavy and bloated all day. Easy to pack? Yep. Delicious? You betcha! Filling? Definitely! Looks like we found ourselves a winner!
13. Chia Pudding
This meal has a rap for being a breakfast food, but it happens to make an incredible lunch as well. This meal is perfect for those with a sweet tooth! Another pro? It’s unbelievably easy to throw together. All it takes is 5 minutes the day before, and you’re set for a healthy lunch tomorrow.
14. Avocado Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce Wraps have been a long time favorite of mine. They leave you feeling so fresh, satiated, and balanced.
With all that protein packed into one meal, you don’t have to worry about getting a carb crash a couple hours after. Plus, it will keep you full throughout the day. Add this one to your lunch list. You will be glad you did!
15. Vietnamese Spring Rolls
If you have ever been to a Vietnamese restaurant, then you have likely seen these on the menu.
While Spring Rolls taste fresh and light, they somehow pack a deliciously satisfying punch. With this peanut sauce paired with fresh rolls, you won’t second guess trying out this “healthy living thing”. You’ll feel more cultured than ever!
16. Egg Roll In a Bowl
If you love Egg Rolls, you will love these egg rolls in a bowl. Perfect for a meal on the go, this lunch will satisfy you with an ethnic twist!
17. Fajita Burrito Bowl
If you have ever been to Chipotle, then you probably know what I’m talking about here! Burrito bowls are basically just that… a burrito in a bowl! You’ll get the amazing flavors of a burrito but without the mess. It’s easier to pack. Easier to eat. And all out delicious! I’d say it’s a pretty easy meal with plenty of health benefits! Give it a shot and I think you’ll find you enjoy it!
18. Basil Capri Salad
This Salad is definitely one to add to your list. The fiber will keep you full while the basil leaves a fresh sensation for you. It’s a meal that is zesty, fresh, and fun!
19. Mediterranean Buddha Bowl
Something about this zesty blend of food makes my taste buds water. This Buddha bowl combines the flavorful tang of hummus with a hearty blend of roasted vegetables.
20. Chicken Sushi Bowl
If you’re not one for raw fish, then a chicken sushi bowl might be just the option for you.
Unlike Poke Bowls, this lunch is made from chicken that still packs a powerful flavor. It could save you an extra trip to the grocery store and give you the same satisfying flavor. Plus, the rice in this meal can be subbed out for cauliflower rice making it an instant Keto and Paleo favorite!
21. Black Bean Quinoa Burritos
This meal is amazing for a quick, throw-in-the-fridge type of meal. These are a great option for vegetarians who want a meal on the go. Not only are these burritos easy to make, but they are incredibly easy to store as well. Just toss them in the freezer and grab them before you leave for the day!
22. Garlic Butter Shrimp Zuchinni Noodles
If you haven’t heard about veggie noodles yet, then it’s time you learn! Veggie noodles are an incredibly fun and delicious way to transform regular vegetables into your favorite pasta dish. These garlic butter shrimp pasta might just have you drooling before you even take your first bite.
23. Zucchini Lasagna
I know, first turning zucchini into pasta and now lasagna? Where does it all end? I know it sounds crazy, but this dish is definitely one to try. In fact, I tried making one a while back and my husband loved it, even better than the original one I made for him. As it turns out, you don’t need high starch noodles to create incredible Italian dishes! These substitutes will do the job just fine.
24. Vegan Curry- Spiced Sweet Potato Burgers
If you are planning on going more plant based, then I applaud you! Adding extra plant-based foods to your diet is an excellent way to feel amazing and boost your nutrients!
Of course, there’s no need to stick to a salad-only diet. If you get a little creative, you will find all sorts of amazing recipes to try. These Sweet Potato Burgers will help you along your journey by keeping lunch fun and delicious!
25. Vegetarian Fajitas
Here’s another great recipe for those transitioning to plant-based. Fajitas are easy to make, easy to pack, and delicious to eat. All you need to do is bring your lunch, heat it in the microwave, and enjoy a delicious meal!
Bonus Tips to Make Lunches Easier
- Find one day to meal prep. It makes life so much easier if you can have all of your food ready in one day. Occasionally, when I’m feeling more spontaneous, I’ll meal prep just the ingredients to make easy meals the day of!
- Find a few good staples that fit your lifestyle in the best way possible.
- Try some of the below meals for a quick and easy lunch:
- One pan recipes
- Rice bowls
- Lettuce wraps
More Healthy Recipes
- 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go
- 20 Healthy Eating Recipes Even the Pickiest People Will Love
- 25 Easy Fast Healthy Dinner Recipes to Try (And Go Paleo) This Week
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