When I didn’t work from home, my coworkers would constantly ask how I managed to pack a healthy lunch every single day. It really doesn’t need to be complicated: a protein, a starch (read about why white rice is healthier than brown and is a paleo approved starch HERE), a veggie, a snack.
Packing a healthy, paleo lunch is the easiest thing ever. AND IT SAVES A TON OF MONEY. Generally speaking, buying lunch everyday costs around $10, but packing your own 100% organic lunch is less than $5!
The big problem with buying lunch is that you never really know the ingredients. When I didn’t work from home, occasionally I bought food from my favorite local lunch spot or from the cafeteria at work. I know the meat and vegetables were not organic, but even more than that, they likely used cheap, rancid vegetable oils, MSG, soy and wheat.
When you pack your own, you know exactly what you’re getting.
I definitely recommend investing in good tupperware and lunch boxes. I always store food in tupperware, but it’s equally as easy to store leftovers in tupperware and pull ’em out of the fridge for a quick lunch the next day. I love these glass ones (no BPA!):
This is the best lunch box set ever:
This is another great option:
This chicken nugget recipe is easy to make and saves really well.
This protein and veggie packed meal from And Here We Are would be perfect for a flavorful lunch.
Eat Fat Lose Fat’s Beef Fried Rice is perfect to make for dinner and bring to lunch the next day!
And I’m seriously drooling over this lettuce wrap.
This is one of my favorite go-to lunch ideas, kind of like homemade Chipotle.
And these pepperoni “chips” make a great snack, if you don’t eat dairy just leave it out.
Deviled eggs also make a tasty snack.
This kebab recipe from And Here We Are would be great with a side of white or cauliflower rice and cucumber tomato salad.
And I definitely recommend Real Food Kosher’s tips for healthy lunches; I mean how amazing do these salads look?!
These lettuce wraps come together in minutes.
This mezza for one recipe from And Here We Are would make a great light lunch, or even a hearty snack.
This tomato basil chicken comes together in minutes and would be great with mashed sweet potatoes.
Sometimes I’ll make a big batch of this simple salad on the weekend to eat throughout the week.
- wild salmon with roasted asparagus and potatoes
- grass-fed steak salad
- pan fried chicken with sautéed squash
- bunless burger and sweet potato fries
- bean-less chili (you could also freeze this)
- shrimp stir fry with veggies over rice or cauliflower rice
- grass-fed beef over spaghetti squash
- chicken or steak with sautéed peppers and onions, side of rice or cauliflower rice
And here are some great snack ideas:
- smoked oysters
- grass-fed beef sticks
- prosciutto wrapped avocado slices
- full-fat, grass-fed yogurt with berries
- Brazil nuts
- smoked salmon on cucumber slices
- fermented pickles
- wild shrimp with cocktail sauce