Buying food every day during your lunch break can become an expensive habit, and it can also impact your weight loss plan or general healthy eating plan.
Your best bet, especially when trying to lose weight, is to plan plan plan – and to make your lunch just like you would your kids. Make it on the weekend or the night before.
To proceed, we’ve outlined three benefits of eating healthy lunch food:
- It can help you maintain a healthy weight.
- Improve your mood and energy levels.
- Reduce your risk of developing chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Here are some top tips on how to make budget-friendly, healthy lunch recipes for yourself.
Jump ahead to find all our favourite healthy lunch ideas:
- 10 Healthy Lunch Ideas to Take To Work
- Other healthy lunch ideas
- Start Your Healthy Lifestyle With the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
10 healthy lunch recipes to take to work
We all know that packing a healthy lunch is the best way to ensure we eat well during the day. But sometimes, it can be hard to come up with ideas for tasty and healthy lunch recipes.
So if you’re looking for inspiration, check out these healthy lunch ideas for weight loss that you can take to work with you!
Leftovers are a great way of stopping yourself from overeating. By dishing out your meals and then packing away the rest into Tupperware boxes and putting them in the freezer, you’re less tempted to overeat.
If you don’t have enough, then make double or add two cups of salad to bulk it out and fill you up. Such cold lemon juice makes it a perfect combo to eat.
2. Chickpea and Tuna Salad
The best part about this salad is that it is quick, easy, cheap and great for a weight loss diet or general healthy eating plan.
So why do you need to eat both?
- Chickpeas are a good source of fibre.
- Both chickpeas and Tuna are good sources of protein.
- Additionally, both are low calorie and fat, making them an excellent choice for those watching their weight.
- Tuna is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- It is also a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, selenium, and phosphorus.
So next time you’re looking for healthy lunch ideas for weight loss, consider adding some chickpeas, fresh herbs, and tuna to your plate. You can also add optional olive oil.
3. Minestrone Soup
Our minestrone is amazing as it features plenty of veggies, is packed full of flavour, and is low in free sugars.
It’s perfect for making a big batch to enjoy leftovers for lunch throughout the week. It also freezes well if you feel like making a double batch, then just defrost it for another family meal when you’re too busy to cook.
4. A Healthy Mummy Smoothie
When you are making your Healthy Mummy Smoothie in the morning, double it.
Make it extra thick and juicy with fruits and even veggies, and place half in your morning glass and half into an empty glass jar or another container.
Pack it and pop it in the fridge when you get to work. Shake it up before you are ready to drink it, and voila! A delicious, filling and nutritious lunch already made.
You can find a range of recipes for healthy smoothies for weight loss here.
5. Classic BBQ Beef Wrap
Here’s a quick and easy BBQ Beef Wrap recipe for lunch or dinner that is free from eggs, dairy and nuts.
It’s perfect for even the fussiest of eaters as you can customise the contents based on what they like (plus there’s a sauce that tends to be popular!).
Why not try adding just one component that they don’t usually eat and see how it goes? Or you could place the ingredients on the table and encourage everyone to make their own customised wrap.
This recipe comes from The Healthy Mummy Fussy Kids eBook but works for adults too!
6. Roasted Beetroot and Chicken Super Salad
Hot Summer days and nights mean that a crisp, cool salad is the perfect lunch or dinner option.
This vibrant Roasted Beetroot and Chicken Super Salad are packed full of flavour, thanks to the roast beetroot and avocado with a delicious crunchy kick from the dukkah and almonds. Pair it all together, and you’ve got one yummy meal!
Love a good salad? Check out the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!
7. Homemade Pizza
Day-old pizza is not only delicious but ridiculously comforting in winter. Make some pizza with the kids the night before, or get your husband too – two meals you don’t have to make!
We have some great recipes here you can try. When you take it to work, add a side salad, including around two cups of mixed greens, to keep your vegetable intake high and the meal balanced.
8. Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry
Don’t waste $15 on curry in a takeaway shop which will double the fat and half the vegetables as when you make it at home.
We all know that curry tastes better the next day so try making this easy Butter Chicken Curry recipe on Sunday afternoon to save you time and eat it for lunch for a few days at work.
Add some delicious cauliflower rice or rice noodles to bulk it up.
9. Deconstructed Homemade Pies
Pies really are filling and great comfort food, but the excessive pastry and fatty cuts of meat make it not the best choice for a weight loss or healthy eating program.
Instead of buying a petrol station pie on the run at lunches, make this healthy man-friendly meat pie. It is also super healthy and a perfect addition to a healthy eating plan like our 28-Days Weight Loss Challenge.
All you need to do is portion it off to take to work. The recipe calls for a reduced fat puff or filo pastry sheets, and bake it off in the oven for some crunchy pastry to accompany your deconstructed pie! Yum!
10. Healthy Pad Thai
Pad Thai really is yummy and such a quick meal to pick up at a takeaway joint in a hurry at work.
Instead of paying upwards of $10, make some of this delicious and way healthier version of noodles and portion it off for a few days in a row.
Add in some extra chicken salad on the side to ensure the meal is balanced and filled with additional protein.
Get healthy lunch ideas for the whole family
Find more healthy lunch ideas for you or your kids to take to work below:
- 21 ideas for back-to-school lunches
- 6 lunch and 5 snack ideas to take to the office
- The only LIST of 50 Healthy Lunchbox recipes you will ever need!
Start your healthy lifestyle with the 28 Days Weight Loss Challenge
If you want to lose weight and improve your energy – not to mention – help improve your overall health and well-being – our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is an awesome program to check out.
Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge includes:
- 28 days of at-home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
- Customisable and breastfeeding-friendly meal plans (including 7 Day Cleanse)
- Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
- Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
- Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!
Learn more, and don’t forget to purchase our Smoothies.