Ideas for healthy lunches to take to work

posted 3 years ago in Cooking
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@FromA2B2013:  I’m interested in this as well, although I do have access to a microwave. HATE salad, though. 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I personally enjoy chicken breast and broccoli — I even eat it ice cold. I usually stir fry it with a tiny bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash and make a whole bunch of it. I’ll go through it in less than a week.

What about roast beef or pot roast? Both are excellent cold, especially over toast with a smidge of thin gravy. Of course there are salads but those get boring quickly. You can cube up some squash, cheese, and raw veggies (I love cauliflower) and give it a light toss with some olive oil or some vinegrette dressing. What about some pre-made beef or chicken burritos?

ETA: Stuffed tomatos, egg salad, hard boiled eggs, some raw nuts (Pistachios, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts?) A whole avocado, fruit salad, jerky, maybe a pasta salad, meatloaf, peanut butter & bananas, hummus or cottage cheese (Another favorite of mine), dates, lasagna..

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

Quinoa! (: So tasty, extremely filling, complete protein, naturally gluten free, total superfood AND it tastes good too! I love mine cold with cucumber, feta cheese, red onion, and radish. It’s also good warm with pieces of pork chop or chicken breast.

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I like cold soup.

Or fruit with peanut butter!

Or (if you have a fridge), Greek yogurt with cereal! (Use the yogurt instead of milk)

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Commenting to follow!  I never know what to bring for a healthy lunch either other than the obvious salad.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Hyperventilate:  Oh man, I forgot about a good, tangy egg-salad sandwich and now my mouth is literaly watering!!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Do you have access to a kettle?

Not your ususal lunch group, but oatmeal  is super healthy and filling. 

I have glass tupperware with a rubber lid that I use:
– bring 1/3 cup of dry instand oatmeal to work.

– bring your measuring spoon with you (they have one for me at work).

– boil water in a kettle

– add 2/3 of hot water in, stir, and put on the lid for 10 min.

Enjoy your hot (well, warm) meal 🙂

It’s real nice with a side of fruit. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I usually make very healthy dinners and intentionally make more than I need so that I can take leftovers. That ensures that I’m eating something healthy for lunch AND I don’t have to put in the extra time or effort to make lunch (yes, I’m lazy).

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@nber0815:  I do that too :), but OP doesn’t really have access to a micro-wave.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Get a really good thermos and you can eat hot foods for lunch!  Soups, stews, stir fry, rice dishes, etc.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I know this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for (because it’s sort of a sandwich) but one of the best lunches I’ve made recently was a variation of bagel and lox.  I used bagel chips instead of an actual bagel, smoked salmon, capers and red onion.  However, instead of cream cheese I used an avocado spread.  1 avocado, tablespoon of lemon juice, salt and pepper mixed together.  Was DELICIOUS and tasted amazing cold.

Also, fried chicken tastes fantastic cold!  But doesn’t really meet your “healthy” requirement :-/.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Oh, and how could I forget good old chicken pasta salad?  I used to make this all the time when I was a teacher.  Lasts forever, gets better each day as the flavors “meld” and tastes great cold!

There are lots of recipes out there, but I usually do a 1lb of boneless chicken breast (cubbed and sauteed), turkey bacon bits, bow-tie pasta, green pepper, red pepper, yellow onion, celery, lemon juice, poppyseed dressing, salt, pepper and whatever else I have on hand that I want to toss in.  You could always use a different kind of dressing and/or gluten free or whole wheat pasta to make it healthier.

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I actually really like salads for lunch-is that weird? Haha. I prep all 5 on Sunday night. Sometimes it’s caprese salad (bocconchini cheese, whatever veg I have) or Greek (chicken?) salad. 

Quinoa/couscous with veg and a lean protein thrown in (tuna, chicken, fish) drizzled with lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano,etc.

I make sure I also have enough snacks during the day so I’m not starving. Babybell cheese, apples, bananas, hummus and veg/pita (you could even take this as the main). 

Try drinking at least a full cup of water 20min before hand so that you can eliminate the feeling of hunger vs thirst.

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