Healthy Work Lunches Ideas and Grocery List
Hey, all! I’m glad that a) you like the real me, crazy and all, lol and b) you all seem to be pretty excited about the recipes to come. I’ve had a lot of fun throwing things together, so I thought that I would start off with a quick round up of healthy, fun, and satisfying lunches that I send off with Alex as well as creations that I make for myself. Some of these will be reruns of things you have already seen, but I wanted to get everything in the same place. Also so that you might find some new applications for old favorites, or new food/flavor combinations to try!
Healthy Work Lunch Basics
Check out my recipe page for more quick and easy ideas, as well as my easy sauce recipes, favorite snacks to have on hand, and my tips for baking with alternative ingredients. To start off our chat, a few more notes:
- I keep a real fork/knife/spoon at my desk so that I can be less wasteful, and I just prefer using a real fork over a not great plastic one. Sometimes I like plastic cutlery, but it’s better not to take the risk.
- I also keep condiments in my desk drawer just in case, but I preseason everything when I pack it up the night before/morning of.
- Lastly, the container. I definitely recommend these Gladware Salad containers–they are a good size, and there is a little smaller bowl that pops into the top for your dressing. I also love these to go containers (that we have from previous takeout experiences). If you are in a situation that doesn’t have a refrigerator, get insulated snack containers–some of them even have compartments for silver, etc. Whatever you get, just make sure it fits in your bag of choice, and it is suited to your situation!
- I don’t prep these in bulk at the beginning of the week. I would rather take 10 minutes (max) every night/morning to pick out what I like, and fresher is better.
Healthy Work Lunch Meal Prep Grocery List
Healthy Fridge Staples (Produce)
Healthy Fridge Staples (Rotating)
- Sweet Potato
- Green Beans
- Spaghetti Squash
- Sundried tomatoes (they are actually always in there, but I just tend to forget about them) and capers
- Some sort of fruit/berry
- Cooked Quinoa
- Chicken Sausage (always in the freezer)
- Turkey Bacon (Alex makes this for his breakfast, sometimes I borrow a piece or two)
- Chicken breast or fresh deli meat (low sodium preferred)
- Low Sodium Tuna (I keep this in my desk drawer as well, in the pouch)
- Deli Meat
- Eggs (I don’t use for lunch but I felt worth mentioning)
- Soup/Chili (not in fridge, but source of protein)
Healthy Snacks at Work
- String Cheese
- Greek yogurt (plain and ready to go Light and Fit/the like)
- Cottage Cheese
- English muffins (in the freezer) and bread
- Protein Bars
- Almond Milk
So obviously, if I can’t come up with something out of that laundry list of ingredients, I have issues. I know that it seems like a lot, but really, it isn’t as much as you would think. And we don’t have absolutely everything all the time. But let’s put it all together, shall we?
Quinoa Based Protein Bowls:
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What do you like to take to work? Do you keep things at your office?
How many “courses” do you have with lunch? For me, it’s usually 4 parts–salad, carb, yogurt/other, fruit.