Adult Lunchables: 3 Ways

Sometimes we just don’t have the energy to prep elaborate lunches for the workweek. These 3 DIY Adult Lunchables are easy, filling, and packed with protein. They’re also super tasty! Who says lunchables are just for kids anyways?

Lunchables packed in three glass bento box containers

What is an Adult Lunchable Anyways?

Do you remember “lunchables” back in the day? The all-in-one packaged lunches featuring various meal combinations like build your own pizzas and crackers and cheese? They were all the rage when I was a kid.

Well, I’m an adult and I make lunches like this all the time at home. I also refer to them as “snack plates” of finger foods that basically make up a meal. I add things like cut up fruits and vegetables, hummus or other dips, cheese, lunch meats, pretzels, hard-boiled eggs, and more. They’re a great easy healthy lunch idea!

The adult lunchable ideas I’m sharing here are great when you want something tasty and satisfying but don’t really feel like preparing a meal. Whether you’re working from home, meal-prepping your packed lunches, or need cold lunch ideas for work that don’t require re-heating, you’ll love them! But before I share them, I thought I’d tell you my registered dietitian-approved formula for perfectly satisfying DIY lunchables for adults.

Lunchables packed in three glass bento box containers

A Dietitian-Approved Formula for Balanced Lunchables:

To make these “lunchables” tasty and filling, we want them to be balanced. So what is a balanced meal anyways? Here’s what I look to include:

  • Protein: I make sure to include at least one source of protein. Protein takes longer to digest compared to carbohydrates and fat, so it helps us feel full for longer!
  • Fibre: Fibre is also slower to digest, and helps ensure our blood sugars are stable. In addition, it regulates our digestion to keep things running smoothly. I like to add fibre with whole grains, fruit and vegetables, and nuts and/or seeds.
  • Fat: Fat helps us feel satiated. Some easy ways to add fat to these lunchables are through cheese, nuts and seeds, nut or seed butters, and avocado.
  • Fruit & Vegetables: Generally speaking, we want to try to have sources of vegetables and/or fruit on our plates (or should I say lunchboxes?) at each meal. It may not always happen (hey, we’re human) but it’s good to aim for! You’ll see that all 3 adult lunchable ideas feature a variety of fruit and veggies.

Healthy Lunchables for Adults 3 Ways:

Lunches like this are the perfect easy healthy lunch ideas.

Here are 3 versions of the Adult Lunchable that I love!

Please note that ingredient amounts in the recipe box at the bottom of this post are just general suggestions. You may need to add more/less of certain ingredients depending on your unique needs and hunger levels.

Crackers & Cheese Adult Lunchables:

This one takes snacking on crackers and cheese and turns it into an easy, snack-y yet satisfying lunch meal!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make it:

  • Your favourite crackers, like Triscuits
  • Cheddar cheese, or another hard cheese
  • Almonds, or other nuts like cashews, walnuts, or pistachios
  • Grapes, or another fruit like strawberries, apple, or orange slices
  • Sliced vegetables like carrots, cucumber and celery
Lunch packed in a glass bento box container

Turkey Roll-Ups Adult Lunchables:

This high-protein lunchable is perfect if you really need something satisfying to hold you over on a busy day.

To make this one, you’ll need:

  • Deli turkey, or other sliced deli meat like chicken breast or ham
  • Havarti cheese, or another sliced cheese
  • Pretzel crackers, or your favourite crackers
  • Hummus, or another dip like Tzatziki or Baba Ghanoush
  • Sliced vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, or celery
Lunchable packed in a glass bento box container

Protein Smorgasbord Adult Lunchables:

I call this one a “smorgasbord” lunchable because it’s got a little bit of everything!

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

Lunchable packed in a glass bento box container

Storage Tips & Suggestions:

These lunchables are great for meal prep, meaning you can prepare them ahead of time and grab and go when you want to eat them! Here are some tips and suggestions for prepping and storing them:

  • These are my favourite bento box-style meal prep containers. They’re great for packed lunches, they store well and are easy to clean, and they’re pretty!

  • If storing the lunchable ingredients together in a meal-prep container, I recommend storing the crackers away from any wet fruits or vegetables to reduce the chance that the crackers will get soggy.
  • Generally, the lunchables keep well in the fridge up to 3 days. Any longer than this and the fruit may not last or the crackers may begin to get soggy.

More Healthy Lunch Ideas You’ll Love:

Lunchables packed in three bento box containers

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Adult Lunchables: 3 Ways

These 3 DIY adult lunchables are healthy, filling, and packed with protein. They're also super tasty! Who says lunchables are just for kids anyways?
Course Lunch
Cuisine American, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Salt, Vegetarian
Keyword Apple, bento box, carrots, cheese, crackers, cucumber, deli meat, grapes, hummus, pretzels, roasted tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Hannah Magee

Ingredients

Crackers and Cheese Lunchable

  • 1 serving whole grain crackers like Triscuits
  • 1.5 ounces cheddar cheese cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 cup sliced vegetables like cucumber, carrots, celery and/or bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup grapes
  • 2 tbsp hummus or other dip optional

Turkey Roll-Ups Lunchable:

  • 3 slices deli turkey
  • 3 slices havarti cheese
  • 1 serving pretzel crackers (8-10 crackers)
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • 1 cup sliced vegetables like carrots, cucumber, celery, and peppers

Protein Smorgasboard Lunchable:

  • 1 large hard boiled egg
  • 1.5 ounces cheddar cheese sliced
  • 1 medium apple sliced*
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter or other nut/seed butter, for dipping
  • 1 cup raw vegetables like carrots, cucumber, celery, or cherry tomatoes

Instructions

Crackers and Cheese Lunchable:

  • Add all ingredients to a bento box-style lunch box, individual containers, or a plate.
  • Optional: serve with hummus or another dip of choice!

Turkey Roll-Ups Lunchable:

  • Place one havarti cheese slice over top of each turkey slice and roll up so the cheese is inside. Slice each roll-up in half.
  • Add turkey roll-ups and remaining ingredients to a bento box-style lunch box, individual containers, or a plate.

Protein Smorgasboard Lunchable:

  • Add all ingredients to a bento box-style lunch box, individual containers, or a plate.

Notes

Serving sizes/ingredient amounts may vary based on your individual hunger levels and/or needs. Amounts in recipe are just general suggestions! Listen to your body and add more/less as necessary.
*If you like, squeeze some lemon juice on the apple slices to prevent them from browning!

One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I am often on the road 4 days a week for work and Hannah makes these for me to take so I can limit the amount I spend on fast food!
    Delicious, easy and convenient!

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