5 Ways to Pack a Healthy Lunch

It’s that time of year where we all start paying a little more attention to our waistlines and [try to] stop eating junk food for every meal. I don’t know about you, but lunch is one of those things that can derail my day. Healthy breakfast? Check! Healthy dinner? Already prepped! Healthy lunch? Oh, shoot! I guess I’ll eat whatever I can find! Whether you’re headed to the office or just want some options for home lunches, here are five easy ways to make your lunch work for you, instead of against you!

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1. Plan and Make Ahead

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Often, it’s the lack of planning that brings us down! The Lemon Bowl has gathered 20 healthy make-ahead lunch ideas that are sure to please, including this yummy-looking Thai Chicken Salad Wrap with Blueberries!

2. Pack it Well

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You don’t have to work outside the home to pack your lunch! Cassie at Back to Her Roots says that she’s more intentional about her food choices when she packs her lunch – and she works from home! Using these cute Bento boxes helps too, and she has some great lunch ideas on her blog!

3. Shake it Up

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Literally! Making a salad in a mason jar is a super easy way to have a healthy lunch on-hand. Lexi’s Clean Kitchen shares some great recipes for layering. Plus, it’s simple to pack, easy to carry with you, and creates minimal clean-up at your desk!

4. Create a Lunch Bowl

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Salads are great and all, but when you want to change things up a bit, a lunch bowl is a great and healthy idea! The Everygirl has an awesome list of recipes you can make in about 20 minutes each, and they’re perfect for lunches!

5. Make a Sandwich

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I know, I know…sandwiches are tired and boring and in no way a “healthy” lunch option. Right? Not so fast. Sandwiches can be delicious! And fun! And even under 400 calories! In fact, My Fitness Pal has rounded up a few options that will keep your calorie-counting self on track (and will maybe even leave you with enough room for a slice of cake later…wink!).

Do you pack your lunch? What are some of your favorite go-to options?

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