10 Low Calorie Lunch Ideas

Ten healthy lunches that tick all the boxes – tasty, suitable for making ahead to save time, budget friendly, low calorie, and fast!
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10 budget-friendly low calorie lunches all under 400 calories

Ten healthy low-calorie lunch recipes that tick all the boxes – tasty, suitable for making ahead to save time, budget friendly, nutritious and fast!

It IS possible to find healthy low calorie nutritious lunch options that tick all the boxes – tasty, suitable for making ahead to save time, budget-friendly, low calorie, and fast. All ten of these low-calorie meal recipes fit the bill! Some of our low calorie lunch ideas come from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge which is all about getting ahead with meal prep. Making all or part of your lunches ahead of time means you won’t be left hungry and overwhelmed about what to eat for this meal (that we often kind of forget to plan for!). Some other quick options include reheating soup that you’ve pre-made, cooking an omelette using leftover roast veg or meat, or simply reheating last night’s leftovers.

Under 400 lunches

10 budget-friendly low calorie lunches – under 400 calories

1. Chickpea, Zucchini and Tomato Pasta

Pasta

354 calories A quick and simple veggie pasta dish high in protein which will keep you feeling fuller for longer, courtesy of chickpeas. Have the whole meal pre-made and ready to eat hot or cold for lunch. This recipe is available for members only, in the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

2. Cauliflower Cheese Toastie

Cauliflower-Cheese-Toastie-2

288 calories Just five main ingredients are all you need for this new take on the classic toasted sandwich. This healthy version turns the comfort food classic of cauliflower cheese into a portable meal to go and will keep you full until dinner time. Use leftover roasted cauliflower from the evening meal to make this one fast for lunch. Grab the recipe here

3. Asparagus and Bacon Rice Salad

Asparagus and Bacon Rice Salad

315 calories Asparagus, peas and bacon are a perfect flavour match! Use leftover rice to make this in a flash. You could even pre-make the whole salad and store in the fridge. This recipe is available for members only, in the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

4. Chicken and Corn Pot Pie

Chicken and Corn Pot Pie

316 calories When you do a cook up, make a batch of pies and store them in the freezer to ensure a tasty hot lunch in next to no time. Whether you use a pie maker or just the oven, they’ll still turn out fab. Adjust the filling to whatever you have on hand (Bolognese or Chilli con Carne work well too) Grab the recipe here

5. Moroccan Couscous Salad

Moroccan Couscous Salad

320 calories A mildly spicy Moroccan inspired salad that’s sure to have your taste buds dancing. Easily prepare a larger batch on meal prep day to store in the fridge and enjoy for quick and healthy lunches throughout the week. This recipe is available for members only, in the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

6. Open Pork Burgers

Open-Pork-Burgers

328 calories Make a batch of the burgers when you do your big meal prep cook up, and just reheat when ready to assemble the burger. Feel free to change the mince from pork to whatever mince you have on hand. Add some juicy tomato, lettuce, beetroot or chilli for extra freshness, fibre and kick. Grab the recipe here

7. Chicken Caesar Wrap

Caesar-Wrap

261 calories Use leftover cooked chicken and pre-boiled eggs to make this wrap an absolute breeze. If you haven’t got any wraps just prepare it as a big high-protein salad instead if you want fewer carbs. Grab the recipe here

8. Tuna and Green Salad Wrap

Tuna and Green Salad Wrap

299 calories Make a larger batch of the tuna mix used in this recipe and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Then you’ll have a healthy and delicious topping for sandwiches and wraps to save you time with meal prep. This recipe is available for members only, in the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

9. Stuffed Mexican Sweet Potato

Stuffed-Mexican-Sweet-Potato

355 calories Cook a couple of the potatoes at the start of the week to reheat for a quick lunch. You can also pre-make the filling and store in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. If avocados are expensive just add some chopped tomato or more kidney beans to bulk it out. Just $1.95 per serve! Grab the recipe here

10. Salmon and Beetroot Salad

Salmon and Beetroot Salad

333 calories Tinned foods like salmon, tuna and legumes are great when you’re short on time and also on a tight budget. Buy in bulk when they’re on special. Swap the salmon or tinned tuna for leftover cooked chicken if you prefer. Make this the night before and store in the fridge, just add dressing when ready to eat. This recipe is available for members only on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

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