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Easy, Healthy Lunch Ideas

What's Your Advice For Easy, Healthy Lunches?

Every so often I see a question that I know you guys will have many more great ideas than me, so here is a question from a fellow user.

"Here's my challenge... I'm looking for lunch ideas that are easy to put together, and that I can take along to work for myself. There are not many recipes out there for lunch time... on most recipe sites, they seem to fall under snack/appetizers... and we all know most appetizer recipes are higher in calories and fat... HELP!"
- kikikins1234

So share your favorite ideas for a healthy, easy lunch. I can't wait to get a few ideas for myself, too!

kimbly kimbly 9 years
Tonight I made whole wheat spaghetti mixed with spinach and smashed cherry tomatoes. For the sauce, I added in a teaspoon of olive oil and two teaspoons of marinara (I like as little sauce as possible). Then I threw in some chopped onion and black pepper, tossed it in a Tupperware, and put in the fridge for lunch tomorrow!
jade408 jade408 9 years
I have a couple of favorite combos that are easy: Couscous, chickpeas, frozen artichoke hearts and roasted peppers or fresh peppers. You can also add parsley or arugula or chopped cherry tomatoes. The couscous only takes a couple of minutes to make, even in the morning. Just cook with chicken broth, and if you have lots of extra time, chop some garlic/onions and sautee with the beans, then cook the couscous in the same liquid. I have pulled this off in about 15 minutes in the AM. Or just do it right before bed Another easy combo: use some frozen cooked chicken, black beans, frozen or fresh bell peppers and corn (optional) with some salsa served on the side, in or out of a tortilla. And the last easy combo: chicken (optional), chickpeas, tomatoes, roasted peppers, any sort of relatively hearty leafy greens (arugula, chard, spinach) and serve with a dressing of olive oil and lemon. (Heat accordingly based on the leafy green you have, or serve at room temp.)
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
Also, side note, the Ad that's flashing on this page is for a 3 musketeers! Just thought that was funny...
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
Does everyone here eat this healthy for lunch everyday or are people holding out? Yeah, I eat like this a lot of the time but I think some people are forgetting some stuff...
hoyagrrrl hoyagrrrl 9 years
Stirfry bowls! Make a big batch on the weekend and shove single servings in the freezer for a quick, healthy lunch. Start a pot of
    brown rice
. Saute an
in a large pan, remove. Add
    cooked lean meat or leftover rotisserie chicken
(meat optional). Add the onion back into the pan with the meat. Add
. I use a TON. If you think you have enough, add more. Use fresh or frozen, even precut vegetables from a salad bar. Suggestions: vegetables that can be eaten raw
    (broccoli, carrots, celery, peppers, snow peas)
so they don't have to cook as long. Add
    stirfry sauce
(you can homemake, but there are plenty available at the store. Suggestion: Thai sweet chile sauce with a dash of V8 or orange juice makes a spicy and tangy sauce). Layer stirfry over brown rice in a reusable container and freeze. (Brown rice won't get soggy when reheated.) When you reheat, the sauce steams and rehydrates the rice and vegetables. If the stirfry isn't terribly saucy sprinkle water over the bowl to ensure it will rehydrate.
Porkchopz Porkchopz 9 years
I like to make a simple egg salad at home (hard boiled eggs, veganaise, cilantro, salsa)and just tear off some baby bok choy leaves and use them to scoop up the egg salad. The leaves are strong enough to hold the salad really well. My coworker and I sometimes have what we call "fish lunch" :). We'll go outside so no one will smell the stinky fish, and eat canned trout or herring on whole grain flatbread. Yum!
purpleisafruit purpleisafruit 9 years
I tend to have salads or salad sandwiches in summer and in winter it's leftovers (I put them into separate tubs in the freezer so that the portions aren't too big) or soup and toast.
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
For lunch I usually have last night's dinner leftovers plus a salad! It's not too healthy (aside from the salad) but it's either that or cafeteria food at my uni (eek!) and I don't have much time to cook in the morning... so whatever fits into my lunchbox and doesn't leak too much is good :-)
itsamanda9 itsamanda9 9 years
typically i pack cucumber slices with a spoonful or two of greek style hummus, a banana, and i'll grab a small cup (8 oz) of organic tomato veg. soup from the cafe down the street. lots of veggies, protein from the hummus, and all around delicious!
cport85 cport85 9 years
i work in retail so its really hard for me to eat on a schedule, so my go-to lunch is baby spinach (straight from the bag) 4 slices cooked turkey bacon (perdue thin & crispy) 2 tomato slices low fat mayo whole wheat bread it's so good!!!!, and it's really filling
joy8030 joy8030 9 years
On Sundays I pick out a new or favorite old crockpot recipe. I throw it together Sunday night and by Monday morning I have lunch for the week! Usually something with chicken and vegetables. So far my fav has been salsa w/chicken, beans, and veggies. Sooooo yummy and easy to throw together. Plus super healthy.
renaimarie renaimarie 9 years
I work in a great office and we always have organic Nile soups, fresh fruit, almonds, and Lara bars around. I'm spoiled :) Other than that I've been making whole wheat oatmeal bread at home lately, and I'll just top it with peanut butter and bring along fresh fruit and veggies to snack on throughout the day.
vegan-musician vegan-musician 9 years
electro pop tart -- hummus is a middle eastern/mediterranean dip made from pureed chickpeas, sesame seed paste (tahini), olive oil, and spices. it's really tasty and healthy. you can make it, but the kind you can buy in the store is great, too. look in the area around cheeses/refrigerated dips. i like it with cut up vegetables, on crackers or pretzels, or in a wrap with veggies :-)
Chikeebabe Chikeebabe 9 years
My Favorite easy lunch is: 1/2 Wheat Pita 1/4C. Hummus 1/2C. Non-Fat Yogurt w/ 1tsp. Extra Virgin olive Oil and Green Onions (to taste) mixed in Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes & Muchrooms It's like your own awsome dip party for lunch!!
jewelrylady jewelrylady 9 years
Soups and salads are my main 'go to' lunches. The are all fast and easy...dont require a lot of thought in the morning. I sued to be a huge frozen food lunch person...but they are just not so good for you when you read all the fine print on the label. One rule I read somewhere that for any great salad if you add any greens+fruit+nut you will make a great salad. There are sooo many things to try that you dont have to get into a rut w/ salad. I just use olive oil and balsamic most days for dressing....then it is even less to think about. The other nice thing about salads is they can go right onto a sandwich or in a pita just as easily. Try romain lettuce + apples+ walnuts one day as a salad for lunch...then the next day take those same ingredients put into a whole wheat pita w/ some turkey add a little hummus or avacado and you have a great sandwich. You can make these as low cal as you need....but at least it is all fresh...all natural
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
These are all great! But I have a question: Everyone freezes the it thawed by lunch time??? Also, this is a 'boy' question, but what is hummus? and do you make it or buy it???
chibarosa chibarosa 9 years
On cold days, like today: soup, either a can of low sodium soup or homemade soup, with a multigrain English muffin On warm days: I assemble a salad at home using pre-cut veggies and put it in a plastic container. At lunchtime, pour in a little vinaigrette and put the lid on and shake until the dressing is evenly distributed. Every day afternoon snack: large apple or pear
mannylove mannylove 9 years
Most frozen / prepared meals & soups are very high in sodium, which is not good, especially if you are trying to lose weight. I agree w/sandwich on whole wheat bread. I usually make turkey on whole wheat with lettuce & tomatoes and a little honey mustard. Then I bring a piece of fruit and/or low fat yogurt for a mid afternoon snack.
prbeachbum prbeachbum 9 years
I like tuna or chicken salad made with a little fat free mayo, either on whole wheat bread, on a whole grain English muffin, or wrapped up in a wheat pita. Another good option for pitas is the pre-sliced turkey or chicken breast strips, I toss them in a pita with some spring mix salad. These strips also work well on salads! For healthy snacks I usually bring fruit or some type of easy to carry vegetable, like carrot sticks. The new 100 calorie snack packs are pretty nice if you still want to indulge - they've already portion controlled it for you!
juju4 juju4 9 years
A couple weeks ago I made some great wraps at work. I brought small whole-wheat tortillas, turkey lunch meat, an avocado, and a bag of broccoli slaw from the grocery store. I topped it with some fat free ranch was SO good! I loved it because it was filling, I didn't need to prep anything at home, and the ingredients were small enough that I didn't need to use to much fridge space at work.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
I like to take poached chicken/fish to school in a box. Its so easy to make just get some foil, add the chicken or fish, season with herbs, salt and pepper, add some onions, peppers or olives you choose! Wrap this in foil and cook over vapor, using those metal things with holes that u stick in a pan with water. With the foil wrap inside the pan, add in some green beans and carrots and viola! if u don't have that metal thing, you can use a metal sieve, put that over a pan with boiling water and cover with a lid.
vlc4649 vlc4649 9 years
One thing i have discovered all of those "easy" frozen meals usually have so many ingrediants I can not read or pronounce so i hate eating it. Ive found if you figure out the words you know you can usually make a much cheaper and healthier version at home for minimal amounts of time!
vlc4649 vlc4649 9 years
My byfriend and i have gotten into a great habbit for lunch!. Over the weekends we usually have a giant crockpot of soup cooking we start saturday morning and freeze, into two large containers for dinner portions and a few smaller for frozen lunches to go. We also make veggie burgers with some lentils and wheat bulgar that we freeze individually, for lunch i hit the microwave and my man eats his cold with crakers like a spread. We cook with lots of dried beans b/c they are so cheap, but b/c of the time we usually just cook large amounts of each bean and keep some frozen in the freezer every two weeks or so we get some tortilla shells cheese, and use leftover rice from stir fry night and make killer burritos, it only takes a few minutes to assemble a bunch (15 sometimes in 20 minutes!) wrap them in plastic wrap and keep those in the freezer, microwave up your own "burrito" for under 50 cents a meal! B/c we make it all, and it is SOOO easy we end up knowing what we eat, its all healthy and real low in salt and processed stuff and we just keep it all in the freezer and take it as we need it. And on nights i just dont want to cook dinner, guess what. I have an easy dinner, soup and burgers anyone?
Gunnr Gunnr 9 years
Mrs. May's Trio bars have become a big part of my diet. They are Nut/Seed/Fruit bars without additives or preservatives and are quite tasty. Although I usually eat them for breakfast / snacks, they are satisfying enough to be paired with a salad/vegetable dish and be a meal.
sh0rtyz22 sh0rtyz22 9 years
I usually have left overs from the night before, which is always easy. Just make a little extra of your dinner and pack it away while making your dinner. Other times I have ready made food from whole foods. Some other lunch ideas: *Turkey/Pear sandwich *Bean, Rice, 2% cheese, corn & pico de gallo Bowl (just used straight Rosarita refried beans or black beans) *Bean & Cheese burrito (just used straight Rosarita refried beans or black beans) *Nates Fake Chickn Tacos with Beans and Rice *Morningstar chickn patty on a bun *Morningstar chikn nuggets with ranch *Peanut butter toast
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