Healthy Packable Lunch Recipes

My goodness! This weekend was fun (despite the Butler loss!) but it went by much too fast.

Brian and I spent the morning running errands on Friday and then spent our night watching the Butler game with SO many Butler fans.  It was a fun change from our much more intimate group in Denver.

Saturday we then helped a friend move into her house that is only a mile from us and then we caught up on How to Get Away with Murder.  Does anyone else watch that show?  It sucks me in every time!!

We then spent Sunday going to church, cleaning, and prepping for the week (I honestly like doing those things!!).

As I was packing Brian’s lunches for the week, I started to think about how much I don’t really mind the chore yet Brian loathes it….

So, who loves packing lunch!?

(slowly raises hand…)

OK, I’ll be honest in saying that I really do enjoy packing lunch if I can do it in a leisurely way and if I have the main items prepped already.  There is something satisfying about packing a delicious and healthy lunch ready to go for the next day.

On the other hand, I don’t really LOVE it when I’m scrambling, it’s late at night, or there aren’t obvious lunch options.

Anyone else in the same boat?

To help myself and all of you, I talked with a bunch of my internet friends and came up with this giant list of healthy packable lunch recipes.

Make sure to comment below with some of your favorites if they aren’t already on the list!

Healthy Packable Lunch Recipes

Quinoa Taco Salad | Treble in the Kitchen

Treble in the Kitchen – Quinoa Taco Salad gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free

Packable Lunch Ideas

Clean Eating Veggie Girl – Ranch Seafood Salad gluten free, dairy free, paleo

healthy packable lunch ideas

Food Faith Fitness – Mason Jar Zucchini Lasagna  gluten free

healthy packable lunch ideas

The Fit Blog – Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Wrap

healthy packable lunch ideas

Nutritioulicious – Mayo-Free Tuna Hummus Sandwich dairy free

healthy packable lunch ideas

Suzlyfe – Meal Prep Power Bowl gluten free, vegan friendly

Healthy Packable Lunch Ideas

Tasting Page – Rainbow Detox Veggie Salad  gluten free, dairy free, vegan, paleo

Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich

Healthy Helper – Copycat Panera Bread Turkey Sierra Sandwich

healthy packable lunch ideas

Shows Simple Swaps – Healthy Tuna Salad  dairy free

Zesty Italian Chopped Salad from Treble in the Kitchen

Treble in the Kitchen – Zesty Chopped Italian Salad low FODMAP, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, paleo, vegan

healthy packable lunch ideas

The Domestic Dietitian – Mediterranean Plant Protein Power Bowl vegetarian, dairy free

Packable Lunch Ideas

Hungry Hobby – Adult Lunchable customizable 

healthy packable lunch ideas

The Domestic Dietitian – Rosemary Chicken Salad  mayo free

healthy packable lunch ideas

Balanced Kitchen – Baked Chimichangas 

healthy packable lunch ideas

One Hungry Bunny – Mediterranean Style Buddha Bowl  gluten free, vegetarian

healthy packable lunch ideas

Nutritioulicious – Farro Buddha Bowl dairy free, vegetarian

Packable Lunch Ideas

Lea Genders Fitness – Meal Prep: Mason Jar Salads customizable, gluten free

healthy packable lunch ideas

A Less Irritable Life – Chickpea and Quinoa Salad low FODMAP, gluten free, dairy free

Packable Lunch Ideas

Uproot Kitchen – Chickpea Salad with Apples, Celery, and Walnuts gluten free, vegetarian

Packable Lunch Ideas

The Clean Eating Couple – Turkey Chili  gluten free, dairy free, paleo

Packable Lunch Ideas

Healthy Helper – Hawaiian Tuna Burgers gluten free, dairy free, paleo

healthy packable lunch ideas

Nutritioulicous – Lentil Chickpea Vegetable Salad with Feta vegetarian, nut free, gluten free

healthy packable lunch ideas

Family Food on the Table – Almond Butter Zucchini Muffins  kid friendly, vegetarian

healthy packable lunch ideas

And a Dash of Cinnamon – Chickpea Walnut Salad vegetarian

healthy packable lunch ideas

Nourished Simply – Greek Quinoa Salad for One vegetarian, gluten free

healthy packable lunch ideas

Food Faith Fitness – Mason Jar Healthy Taco Salad gluten free, dairy free, paleo

healthy packable lunch ideas

Family Food on the Table – Quinoa Chicken Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Viniagrette gluten free, dairy free

Packable Lunch Ideas

Strength and Sunshine – Grilled Green Goddess Wrap gluten free, dairy free, vegan/vegetarian

Packable Lunch Ideas

KISS in the Kitchen – Viva Fiesta Turkey Wrap

Packable Lunch Ideas

Healthy Aperture – Cottage Cheese Egg Salad  gluten free, vegetarian

healthy packable lunch ideas

Family Food on the Table – Curried Wild Rice Salad with Raisins and Pecans  gluten free, vegetarian

Packable Lunch Ideas

Betsy Ramirez – Tuna Avocado Salad gluten free, dairy free, paleo

Packable Lunch Ideas

Nourish Nutrition – The Easiest Chicken Salad 

Packable Lunch Ideas

Robin Plotkin – Salmon Salad gluten free, dairy free, paleo 

Herbed Summer Rolls from Treble in the Kitchen

Treble in the Kitchen – Herbed Summer Rolls low FODMAP, gluten free, dairy free

Your turn!

  • Share some of your favorite packable lunches.

Comments

  1. I can always go for some new lunch ideas — I genuinely love packing lunch too… but I think there’s only a few of us!

  2. I’m all about salads and power bowls for lunch, but I want to try that mason jar lasagna! And I could totally get on board with adult lunchables 🙂

    • Tara Deal Rochford says:

      I agree!! I totally default to power bowls with random stuff from the fridge, but these are WONDERFUL ideas!

  3. Love all these ideas! Packing lunches usually leaves me feeling stressed or panicked and packing at the last minute. Love that most of these can be packed ahead of time!

    • Tara Deal Rochford says:

      Yes! Make them ahead of time and then portion them out throughout the week. No need for stress 🙂

  4. Yep, if I need to pack a lunch, even as a kid, thought about it the night before so I was prepared, or more likely, just made it the night before! Now…I rarely get to each lunch so…that’s not great. However, if I did get lunch, I would still be thinking about it and getting it ready the night before! I love a lot of the ideas on this round up. Thanks for including one of mine!

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