This collection of 10 easy dietitian-approved cold lunch ideas are perfect to pack for work or school. Even if you’re working from home, you can prep these ahead of time to take the guesswork out of lunch hour. Cold lunches are especially great on warmer days or when you don’t have the time/equipment to reheat your food. This round up includes lunch ideas that are easy to make, balanced, and delicious.
Cold Lunch Ideas That are Easy and Healthy:
Thinking about what to eat for lunch every day can be a bit of a drag. Especially if you’re making an effort to fuel your body with nutritious foods that actually taste good, too. That being said, there’s no better feeling than being at work or in class and actually looking forward to the lunch you packed.
In this post, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite cold lunch ideas from the blog. So whether you’re in the office, working from home, or in class, you can definitely look forward to these nutritious and delicious lunches.
Sometimes we just don’t have the energy to prep elaborate lunches for the workweek. These 3 Adult Lunchable recipes are easy, filling, and packed with protein and fibre. They’re also super tasty! Who says lunchables are just for kids anyways? Get the recipes here.
This healthy and easy tuna salad recipe makes an tasty and satisfying lunch. Instead of mayonnaise, I use hummus and added celery and red onion for some veggies and crunch. You can serve it on its own, with crackers, as a sandwich or open-faced on bread. It’s a delicious dairy- and egg-free tuna salad. Get the recipe here.
This zesty, easy Italian Pasta Salad is the perfect cold lunch recipe to meal prep for the week! It’s full of fibre, protein, and veggies. Pack it for lunch or keep in the fridge to enjoy when you need something quick. This recipe is vegetarian, and can easily be made vegan and gluten-free. Get the recipe here.
Add this Curry Chickpea Salad to your meal-prep lunch roster! It’s simple to make and a perfect healthy cold lunch option as it’s packed with veggies, plant-based protein, and fibre so it will keep you full for hours. Enjoy the chickpea salad on it’s own or on a sandwich! Get the recipe here.
These Fresh Rainbow Spring Rolls are full of fresh veggies, flavour and crunch. I also snuck some edamame in there for a satisfying boost of protein. They make a great light, cold lunch paired with peanut dipping sauce. Get the recipe here.
This vegan Peanut Noodle Salad with spicy peanut dressing is packed with good flavour, protein and fibre to keep you full and satisfied. Perfect to prep for lunch throughout the week! Get the recipe here.
A simple and healthy yet super flavourful Grilled Veggie Wrap filled with balsamic marinated grilled vegetables, goat cheese and hummus. Makes a delicious healthy lunch recipe to enjoy at home or pack for work or school. Get the recipe here.
This healthy, easy Citrus Arugula Salad makes a delicious lunch to pair with your favourite protein of choice. The sweet citrus goes so well with crisp arugula, sharp parmesan cheese and buttery avocado. The dressing is a light Lemon Honey Vinaigrette. Get the recipe here.
I love a good loaded sandwich for lunch. Especially if it’s on a hearty whole grain bread, packed with fresh vegetables, and contains a tasty sauce like hummus or cream cheese. Learn how to make these Epic Veggie Sandwiches here.
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this round up of cold lunch ideas and that you found some new recipes to try. If you tried one of these recipes, please let me know in the comments below!
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