50 Packable Lunch Ideas

Hi Friends!

Before we jump into today’s post, I just wanted to share this with you guys. In case you don’t know, September is National Child Obesity Awareness month. I wrote a whole post about it for Anytime Health so as soon as it’s published i’ll share the link with you guys because it’s so so so important. Currently,  1 in 3 American children are overweight or obese. That puts them at risk for serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease at a very young age. Plus, obese children have an 80% chance of becoming obese adults.

These are scary statistics…but they’re real..and they’re the reason I went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

As you can tell, this is something i’m super passionate about so when I saw this challenge that Saucony was coming out with, I joined immediately and wanted to share with you all of you.

Saucony has released a free app called Run4Good. If you’re a runner, I’d highly suggest downloading it. Here’s the info- I went to check it out after I saw them post it on Instagram.

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Pretty cool right? You run, something you’re probably going to do anyways…and they donate more money to fight one of the biggest health problems in our nation right now.

I’m excited for it to kick off and hope some of you will join us!

Ok, now back to regularly scheduled programing.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting back into the swing of things and remembering what it’s like to work 8-5. I’ve also dialed in my lunch-packing skills once again! I never really have a set plan when packing my lunches, but I do always try to include:

-Fresh fruit
-A whole grain
-A protein source
-Lots of vegetables

I think a lot of people feel like they have to make their packed lunch with one big dish and some sides. I rarely do this. I generally pack 3-4 smaller things so I can enjoy a little bit of a lot of things. More fun to eat that way!

Another thing I’ve noticed about packing my lunch is that I’m eating a lot more vegetables during the day than I was when I was eating at home. When I had the whole fridge and pantry to choose from, I typically avoided veggies and chose other things. Now that I have to eat whatever I bring with me, I just make sure to pack veggies in my lunch every day and then I eat them! Simple as that!

I get a lot of comments on how creative and varied my lunches are and even more questions about what to pack for lunch…

Ask and you shall receive! Here are 50 packable lunch ideas to inspire you to pack some fun new lunches!

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Hummus & Veggies
Tuna/Chicken/Chickpea Salad and Crackers
Cobb Salad
Fruit & Greek Yogurt
Oatmeal + toppings
Hard boiled eggs
Raw veggie sticks
Homemade trail mix
Quesadillas
Apples or celery & peanut butter
Peanut butter crackers
Spring rolls
Oatmeal Pancakes
Tacos
Pasta salad
Homemade pretzel bites
Cereal
Pizza rollups
Nut butter and jelly sandwich
Loaded sweet potato
Frozen smoothie
Tuna pseudo-sushi
Healthy Breakfast Bars
Leftovers
Chips & homemade guac, dip or salsa
Apple rings
Popcorn
Homemade granola bars
Pizza
Sushi
Cheese and crackers
Stuffed peppers
Quinoa bowls
Rice and beans
Soup
Fruit chips
Roasted chickpeas
Nuts
Burger- meat or veggie
Burrito salad
Egg sandwich
Frozen burrito
Falafel in a pita
Cottage cheese & sliced tomato
Baked samosas
Sweet & Spicy Baked tofu
Muffin
Salad in a jar
lentil veggie mac and cheese
Veggie slaw

Here are some of the lunches I’ve packed lately:

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Do you pack your lunch?
What’s your favorite thing to bring?

Happy Packing!

–Lindsay–