25 Healthy Lunch Recipes for All Day Energy
What's the best way to beat the afternoon slump? Pack a lunch with a healthy punch. These easy, make-ahead recipes are loaded with nutrient-rich ingredients that pack your brown-bag full of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Perfect for grown-ups and kids with adventurous appetites.
Packable Power Salads
Pack dressing separately, and drizzle onto salads just before serving. You can also stuff each salad into a quart-sized jar with lid.
Veggie Salad in a Jar
Make these salads up to a day ahead; pack them tightly with the dressing on the bottom, followed by denser ingredients that won't get soggy while they marinate. The recipe easily doubles if you need lunch for 4 people.
Mango salsa, quinoa, black beans, red pepper, avocado, corn and pumpkin seeds? You can call this the healthy burrito bowl.
Zucchini-Wheat Berry Salad
Light and healthy, this layered salad will keep, covered and refrigerated, for 1 day. Shake container before eating to distribute ingredients.
Overnight Oats with Stone Fruit
A buttermilk, syrup, vanilla and cinnamon mixture makes a super rich and creamy oatmeal. Refrigerate overnight and top with fruit and nuts just before serving.
Asian Shrimp Salad
This fresh shrimp salad makes a light and healthy meal on the go.
Heirloom Caprese Salad
This light and fresh salad is the perfect grab-and-go lunch. Leave a little room at the top of the container so you can shake the ingredients together before eating.
Tahini Chicken Salad Sandwich
Nutty, creamy, and of course, topped with greens, tomatoes, and onions, this hearty, easy-to-prep chicken salad sandwich is the perfect, packable lunch. Eat it immediately, or wrap it up and allow the rich, deep flavors of the tahini run into your hearty, toasted bread.
This umami-packed wrap packs canned wild salmon, mushrooms, spinach, and a creamy sriracha mayo. If you can't find coconut flour wraps, you can substitute whole-wheat wraps.
Whole-Grain Veggie Burrito Bowl
This is a Tex-Mex riff on the Korean rice dish bibimbap, in which various toppings are arranged over a bed of rice. Here, burrito bowl must-haves such as smoky black beans, fresh pico de gallo, and slaw top brown rice.
Spicy, Barely Sweet Supercrunch Granola
Our supremely crunchy, irresistible granola almost feels more like party mix (but still contains all those great whole grains). It stores well at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week. Aside from eating out of hand, you can also try this on your morning bowl of yogurt, an ice cream parfait, or a hearty salad (think of it as a replacement for croutons). For folks with gluten allergies or sensitivities, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
Cobb Salad Wraps
You'll love these delicious Cobb Salad Wraps, clever handheld versions of the classic salad. Pack them for an easy, flavorful lunch and pair with fresh fruit for a balanced, nutritious lunch.
Tabbouleh with Chicken and Red Pepper
Use rotisserie or leftover chicken for this dish, if you like. If you're making the mixture a few hours or more in advance, store the cucumber and tomato separately and add them close to serving time to keep the salad at its best.
Ham-and-Fontina Sourdough Sandwiches
Bring life back into your lunch with Ham-and-Fontina Sourdough Sandwiches. Deli ham gets dressed up with a pesto-mayonnaise mixture, fontina cheese, and basil leaves.
Nothing says summer like ripe heirloom tomatoes in a Caprese salad. Even better: Put the same ingredients on a roll so the bread catches all the juices.
Turkey Vegetable Wraps
These wraps are super easy to prepare and are full of healthy veggies like corn and bell peppers. Coming in at about 200 calories per serving, this is a great choice for an easy and healthy lunch.
Quinoa-Arugula Layered Salad
We made over tabbouleh, turning it into an individually packed picnic dish. This salad holds beautifully, so you can pack it up a day ahead. For the easiest eating, choose wide-mouthed pint jars.
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Arugula Salad
Break out of a boring salad rut by adding grilled chicken with fresh veggies like zucchini and tomatoes. At only 243 calories per serving, you'll get a healthy lunch with protein that will help keep you full throughout the rest of the day.
Chicken Salad with Olive Vinaigrette
The flavorful combination of lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil soaks into the couscous to create a Mediterranean-style pasta salad with chicken. Throw in chopped tomatoes for a bit of color.
Moroccan-Spiced Bulgur and Chickpea Salad
Fresh mint gives this dish a pleasant aroma. Dried cranberries offer a hint of sweetness. Use any other dried fruit you like in their place: Try golden raisins, currants, dried cherries, or chopped dried apricots.
Chicken Saté Wraps
Give your sandwich a flavorful kick with this spicy and sweet filling. To cut down on prep time, use rotisserie chicken, packaged angel hair slaw, and packaged matchstick-cut carrots.
Roasted Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta Salad
Celery and walnuts give added crunch to this dish while red grapes and fruit juice add a fresh, sweet flavor. Prepare this salad the night before to save time packing lunch on a hectic morning.
Deluxe Roast Beef Sandwich
Jazz up this classic sandwich with mayo, horseradish, and chili sauce for a creamy spread with a bit of heat.
Express Lunch Plate
Grab the ingredients for this fast, filling lunch from the corner deli. This combo is rich in fiber, protein, and other metabolism boosters. If you prefer a different type of cheese, swap it.
Kicked-Up Turkey Sandwich
Fig spread is rich and flavorful; watercress is crisp and hearty and holds up well in a lunch bag. Delicious with a tart pickle and pear.