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5 Low-Carb Lunches to Pack For Work

Apr 23 2014 - 12:55pm

If you're looking to cut back on carbs, that daily sandwich at lunch is not going to fly. Finding new recipes that will leave you feeling satisfied can be tough since fewer carbs means extra protein and healthy fats are even more essential. Look to these five delicious recipes that all fall under 15 grams of carbs per serving but still remain high in nutrients.

— Additional reporting by Leta Shy

Photo: Leta Shy

Eggless Kale Caesar Salad

In the grand spectrum of salads, Caesar isn't exactly the healthiest choice, but for the same addictive taste with an added bonus — vitamin A-rich superfood kale — opt for this lighter caesar salad dressing [1] that tastes just like the classic. And adding lean chicken breast to this dish brings on even more protein without adding any carbs.

Total carbs: 12.6 grams

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Tortilla-Less Soup

Anyone who loves Mexican-inspired flavors will find a new favorite lunch in this oh-so-easy low-carb recipe. This fresh and spicy tortilla-less soup [2] is high in vitamin C and protein. Cook up a big pot of soup on Sunday, and you'll have a satisfying lunch for the next few days — you won't miss the tortilla chips at all!

Total carbs: 11.6 grams

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Cauliflower-Crust Pizza

This veggie-powered cauliflower pizza crust [3] proves that you don't need flour to make an amazing pizza. Freshly grated cauliflower serves as the base for the creative and delicious crust that you can fold up just like traditional pizza. Cook it up the night before, and enjoy leftovers reheated the next day.

Total carbs: 14.4 grams

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Thai Citrus Chicken Salad

A mix of digestion-relieving cabbage and papaya and hydrating, antioxidant-rich daikon — along with a tangy Thai-inspired citrus dressing — makes this citrus chicken salad [4] a flavorful, filling lunch that's high in protein and low in fat, carbs, and calories.

Total carbs: 11.6 grams

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Healthy Chicken Salad

Sub in nonfat Greek yogurt to keep the same texture and tang of chicken salad [5] you love while cutting the calories and fat of the traditional in half. Skip the bread and serve your salad over a bed of lettuce for a light and satisfying lunch.

Total carbs: 3.9 grams

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

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