5 Ideas for Healthy Packed Lunches

Whether you’re headed off to work or school, having a healthy packed lunch is a good way to make sure your body gets the nutrients it needs to have energy throughout the day.  It also prevents you from picking up unhealthy options from the drive-thru or cafeteria in a rush.  Try one of these healthy lunch options for your next brown bag lunch.

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Broccoli and White Bean Soup

Making a big pot of soup on the weekend and taking it for lunch throughout the week makes a healthy and easy lunch option.  Heat it up at work if you have access to a microwave, or heat it up at home and bring it in a thermos to keep it warm.  Try this Broccoli and White Bean Soup from Slim Sanity, an easy soup that used frozen broccoli and canned white beans to create a hearty lunch.

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Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa

Like soup, stew makes a good portable lunch option.  Try this Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa from Cookin’ Canuck. The chicken and quinoa provide protein, while the butternut squash is full of essential vitamins.

Whole Foods-Inspired Layered Salad with Oil-Free Orange Ginger Dressing

This Make-Ahead Layered Salad with Oil-Free Orange Ginger Dressing from Oh She Glows can be packed into mason jars so they’re easy to grab and go. It’s packed with nutritious ingredients including wheatberries, quinoa, and edamame.

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Easy Hummus Spiral Wraps

These Easy Hummus Spiral Wraps from Lunch Box Bunch are an excellent vegan-friendly lunch option.  The hummus provides protein and holds the wrap together, while the addition of avocado and veggies adds healthy fat, vitamins, and minerals.  Kathy suggests experimenting with your wrap fillings to make this lunch your own.

Arugula Pasta Salad

Arugala Pasta Salad

This simple Argula Pasta Salad from Two Peas & Their Pod is another option.  Filled with whole wheat pasta, arugula, and grape tomatoes, it’s  full of both flavor and nutrients.  A pasta salad makes a good packed lunch because it has time to marinate in the dressing for extra flavor.

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