15 Must-Try Lunchbox Updates

Enjoy 15 of our favorite make-ahead bag lunches, guaranteed to get you through the workday. Don't forget your superhero lunchbox!

  • Peanut Butter, Banana and Granola Wraps
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Elizabeth Blake

    Peanut Butter, Banana and Granola Wraps

    You may be used to packing a daily lunch for your kids, but did you know that these portable provisions can benefit your health and work performance, too? Studies have found that workers who skip the midday meal are more stressed and less productive than those who take a lunch break. Plus, people who skip lunch are more likely to consume excess calories when snacking in the afternoon. Here are 15 of our favorite make-ahead bag lunches, guaranteed to get you through the workday. And for nostalgia’s sake, don’t forget to bring your superhero lunchbox!
  • Herby Potato, Green Bean, and Tuna Salad
    Photo: Grant Cornett; Styling: Angharad Bailey

    Herby Potato, Green Bean, and Tuna Salad

    Herby Potato, Green Bean, and Tuna Salad is chock full of lunchtime goodness. You can also add a hard-boiled egg on top for an extra protein boost.

  • Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    This hearty sandwich is a filling lunch recipe. Prepare the chicken salad at home the night before, and then assemble the sandwich at work the next day.

  • Farro Salad with Creamy Feta
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Farro Salad with Creamy Feta

    Good news, whole-grain shoppers! Precooked farro is popping up in both the grain aisle and the frozen-foods section of many supermarkets, meaning this Mediterranean dish requires just 30 minutes of prep time.
  • Lettuce Wraps with Hoisin-Peanut Sauce
    Photo: Johnny Autry

    Lettuce Wraps with Hoisin-Peanut Sauce

    You'll love these meatless, Asian-inspired lettuce wraps with their tangy hoisin-peanut sauce. Just pack the lettuce leaves, filling, and sauce in separate containers and assemble the wraps at work.
  • Strawberry Chicken Salad
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck and Caroline Cunningham

    Strawberry Chicken Salad

    This healthy salad requires few ingredients and just 20 minutes of hands-on prep time. Crunchy, sweet and satisfying, it's the perfect springtime lunch staple.
  • Edamame and Almond Hummus
    Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Kevin Crafts

    Edamame and Almond Hummus

    This protein-packed dip in its gorgous green hue is a great lunchbox snack. Bring along some water crackers and sliced vegetables for dipping.
  • Greek Pasta Salad
    Kate Sears

    Greek Pasta Salad

    Go Greek with your pasta salad by stirring in cucumber, tomato, olives, spinach, and feta, and tossing in a tangy vinaigrette.

  • Avocado and Sprout Sandwiches
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

    Avocado and Sprout Sandwiches

    These veggie-friendly sandwiches feature healthy toppings like avocado, bean sprouts and toasted pumpkin seeds. Give them your own personal touch with whatever condiments, cheeses or vegetables you have on hand.
  • Tabbouleh with Chicken and Red Pepper
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Tabbouleh with Chicken and Red Pepper

    This flavorful, Middle Eastern-themed dish comes together easily when you use rotisserie or leftover chicken. Pita chips and hummus are welcome accompaniments.
  • Smoked Salmon Bagel
    James Carrier

    Smoked Salmon Bagel

    Starting with smoked salmon, this bagel sandwich is layered with tasty ingredients—flavored cream cheese, capers, and purple onion. It's a quick fix for a brown-bag lunch.

  • Caramel-Yogurt Dip
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

    Caramel-Yogurt Dip

    Just a few ingredients and fresh-cut fruit are all you need to make this sweet dip. Pack some for yourself and some for the kids, then smile as you dip into caramel-swirled delight.
  • Soba Noodle Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Soba Noodle Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

    Enjoy this flavorful salad chilled for lunch just as easily as you would warm for dinner. Look for soba noodles, often labeled buckwheat noodles, in the Asian section of supermarkets.
  • Mediterranean Chicken Salad Pitas
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Mediterranean Chicken Salad Pitas

    Who doesn't love a good chicken salad recipe? Take yours to the Mediterranean wtih the addition of Greek yogurt, green olives, and chickpeas, and serve in pita bread halves.
  • Cherry and Sunflower Seed Kale Salad
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

    Cherry and Sunflower Seed Kale Salad

    Tender baby kale, sweet-tart dried cherries and crunchy sunflower seeds are a delightful combination in this healthy salad. Add leftover chicken or turkey for a protein boost, or leave off the meat altogether. Be sure to pack the dressing separately and toss just before consumption to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.
  • Oatmeal-Pecan Snack Cookies
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    BONUS: Oatmeal-Pecan Snack Cookies

    Use up any leftover dried cherries from the previous slide's kale salad by making these portable afternoon pick-me-ups. Want more? Add chocolate chips or grated carrots for a flavorful spin on the recipe.
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