Here are 50 packable lunch ideas that are quick, easy and healthy! Perfect for kids and adults if you’re tired of packing the same thing every day!
*Originally published Sept 2012*
Let’s chat about packable lunch ideas. Whether you’re looking for packed lunch ideas for adults or kids, lunch ideas for work, cold lunch ideas or healthy lunch sides, this post has you covered! I don’t follow strict lunch packing rules, but I do always try to include:
-A whole grain
-A protein source
-At least some 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 healthy lunch sides so I can enjoy a little bit of a lot of things. More fun to eat that way!
If you need more packable lunch ideas for kids, I have a whole guide! Find it here: A Month of Packed Lunch Ideas for Kids.
Packable Lunch Ideas
Another benefit to packing my lunch for me personally is eating more vegetables. When I have 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 include veggies in my packable lunch ideas for the week and then I eat them! Simple as that!
Here are 50 packable lunch ideas to inspire you to pack some fun new lunches! Within the list, ‘ve included links to recipes from the blog if I have them but those are by no means the only recipes you should try! Check out the general ideas and then do your own searches for those types of recipes that fit your taste preferences!
Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work
Loaded Sweet Potato
Pulled Pork Loaded Sweet Potatoes
Top a baked sweet potato with leftover taco filling or chili
Mac & Cheese
Stovetop Mac & Cheese w/ Sausage & Peas
Tuna Quinoa Cakes
Asian Lettuce Wraps
Baked Ranch Chicken Taquitos
More Simple Ideas
Fruit + Greek yogurt
Hard-boiled or deviled eggs
Raw veggie sticks
Homemade trail mix
Apples or celery + peanut butter
Peanut butter + crackers
Spiced roasted nuts
Cottage cheese + Tomatoes
Chips + Guac or Salsa
Homemade ramen noodles
Fruit or Veggie chips
Sweet potato + Almond butter
Do you pack your lunch?
I’d love to hear your favorite packable lunch ideas!
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