20 delicious make-ahead lunch ideas, both hot and cold, that are packed with nutrition to give you energy all afternoon long.
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Sundays are meal prep days in our house. One of my biggest time savers and healthy eating strategies I recommend is to take time on the weekend to plan out what you are having for breakfast and lunch throughout the week. People often talk about weekly meal plans for dinner, but we shouldn’t forget about those other two important meals of the day!
Whether you’re at home with little ones, sitting at your desk in the office, or eating from the car on the go, I’ve put together a list of healthy and delicious make-ahead lunch ideas to get you through your week. Not only are they more exciting than turkey on wheat, but they are packed with nutrients to give you long lasting energy to get you through your day.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is eating lunch good for weight loss?
Skipping meals isn’t actually helpful in losing weight. Instead you want to eat low calorie foods that are high in protein and fiber to keep you feeling full so you can have an overall calorie loss for the day.
What is the healthiest thing I can eat for lunch?
Try eating a balanced lunch that includes at least one veggie and a protein, along with other nutrient dense foods.
How far in advance can I make a packed lunch?
You can meal prep your lunches for an entire week! If you pack them in airtight containers, you can keep them refrigerated at the ready for up to 5 days.
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20 Healthy Make-Ahead Lunch Ideas
Mediterranean Tuna Salad Sandwich
4.50 stars average
The lunchtime classic gets a major upgrade with this Mediterranean Tuna Salad Sandwich made with kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, and fresh basil.
Hummus is spread on a flour tortilla and topped with hushwee (meat and pine nut mixture), tomatoes and feta then wrapped tightly and sliced. These flavor-packed hummus and hushwee pinwheels are perfect for stashing in lunchboxes or serving as a party appetizer or after-school snack.
Sausage Pesto Pasta with Caramelized Onions and Peas
5 stars average
This easy, 20 minute pasta recipe is made with Italian sausage, basil pesto, caramelized onions, and sweet green peas. Kid-friendly and crowd-pleasing, this sausage pasta recipe is sure to be a new favorite.