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54 healthy lunch ideas for work- save yourself money and eat healthier by making your own lunch. Get a ton of lunch ideas including cold salads, hot lunches, granola bars, snacks and soups! Simple and healthy lunch recipes.

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Are you stuck in a work lunch rut?

Then look no further, because you’re about to find a TON of healthy lunch ideas for work!

I used to find myself completely lost for work lunch ideas when we didn’t have dinner left-overs, and it led to me buying lunch more often than I’d like.

Since initially posting this round-up in 2015, Sweet Peas & Saffron has become completely focussed on prep ahead meals with a strong focus on work lunch ideas.

This round-up has been updated (May 2018) with some new favorite work lunch ideas.

These healthy lunch ideas for work are nutritious, delicious, will travel well, and will last in the fridge until lunch time!  Here’s some lunch inspiration

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Cold Salad Lunch Ideas

All of these salads have a few things in common: healthy, delicious, they have some staying power, and they are portable!  Perfect for lunches, although I would probably keep the dressing and avocados separate until just before you eat them 🙂

54 Healthy Lunch Ideas For Work- cold salads

  • 1. Chicken and Rice Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing
  • 2. Kale, Barley & Feta Salad with a Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
  • 3. Green Power Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
  • 4. Meal Prep Chopped Chickpea Salad
  • 5. Roasted Carrot Falafel Salad with Citrus Tahini Dressing
  • 6. Caprese Chicken Salad Meal Prep Bowls
  • 7. Pearl Barley Salad with Chickpeas & Lemon
  • 8. Healthy Greek Chicken Pasta Salad
  • 9. Refreshing Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Hot Lunch Ideas

Cook these lunch recipes ahead and re-heat at lunch! These hot lunches are going to make your lunch feel a bit more of a meal. These recipes are portable, healthy and have a good dose of protein to keep you feeling full.

54 Healthy Lunch Ideas For Work- hot lunches

  • 1. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs
  • 2. Meal Prep Fiesta Chicken Rice Bowls
  • 3. Lighter Mongolian Beef Meal Prep
  • 4. Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs
  • 5. Turkey Taco Lunch Bowls
  • 6. Creamy Black Bean Taquito Meal Prep
  • 7. Honey Sesame Chicken Lunch Bowls
  • 8. Spicy Chicken Meal Prep Bowls
  • 9. Healthier Firecracker Meal Prep Bowls

Granola Bars & Energy Bites

Hands up if you spend too much money on granola bars!  Me me me!!  I would much prefer to make my own from scratch, and I’m feeling inspired by all of these creative granola bars and energy bites:

54 Healthy Lunch Ideas For Work- granola bars and energy bites

  • 1. Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars
  • 2. Chocolate Tahini Oat Bites
  • 3. Pumpkin Trail Mix Granola Bars
  • 4. Easy Homemade Protein Bars
  • 5. Blueberry-Vanilla Greek Yogurt Granola Bars
  • 6. Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites
  • 7. No Bake Energy Bites
  • 8. Homemade Kind Bars
  • 9. Apple Quinoa Breakfast Bars

Muffins & Snacks:

Let’s call this the ‘misc’ category!  Here’s some healthy and delicious muffins and snacks!

54 Healthy Lunch Ideas For Work- muffins and snacks

  • 1. Skinny Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins
  • 2. Mini Wonton Quiches
  • 3. Corn and Black Bean Baked Falafels
  • 4. Healthy Pina Colada Oatmeal Cookies
  • 5. 7 Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffins
  • 6. Peanut Butter & Jam Breakfast Cookies
  • 7. Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas
  • 8. Easy Homemade Hummus
  • 9. Easy Baked Oatmeal Muffins

Sandwiches & Wraps

Sandwiches and wraps…these seem like they would keep in the fridge until lunch, perhaps leaving the condiments separate until just prior to serving.

54 Healthy Lunch Ideas For Work- sandwiches and wraps

  • 1. Avocado Caprese Wraps
  • 2. Healthy Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • 3. Green Goddess Sandwiches
  • 4. Spicy Carrot & Hummus Sandwich
  • 5. Meal Prep Pesto Chicken Pita Pockets
  • 6. Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
  • 7. Smashed White Bean & Spinach Quesadillas
  • 8. Freezer Cauliflower Rice Burritos
  • 9. Vegan Mediterranean Wraps


Probably my favorite type of lunch 🙂  If you have a good microwave-safe dish with a lid, they aren’t too difficult to transport to work.  Heat them up in the microwave, and you have a healthy and delicious warm lunch!

54 Healthy Lunch Ideas For Work- soups

  • 1. Thai Curry Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup
  • 2. Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup
  • 3. Moroccan Soup with Kale and Chickpeas
  • 4. Thai Curry Wild Rice Soup
  • 5. Beef Barley Soup
  • 6. Anti-Inflammatory Broccoli Turmeric Soup
  • 7. Greek Lentil Soup
  • 8. Instant Pot Summer Soup
  • 9. Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde Soup

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