Stuck in the routine of the same old boring lunches for work? Or maybe you’re finding yourself getting takeaway lunches all too often and need a little kitchen inspiration! We’ve all been there before too, which is why we have put together a list of our favourite healthy lunch ideas to help get you back on track.
1. Burrito bowls
These are a great option to pack for lunches for work as they are so versatile! You can adjust the rice component depending on your activity for the day, and it is also full of colour and micronutrients to keep you feeling energised throughout the workday. Burrito bowls can also be a healthy takeaway option for those emergency days – try opting for less rice and extra salads to really tally up the healthy points!
2. Poke bowls
It is a common trend that bowls are a great way to pack plenty of nutrients into a meal, whether that is burrito bowls, sushi bowls, buddha bowls or poke bowls. You don’t have to use raw fish in your poke bowl if this won’t keep well at work. Instead, swap it out for chicken or firm tofu. Poke bowls are also versatile in that you can adjust the rice or noodles depending on how much activity you are doing on a given day, and can also try different flavour combinations such as teriyaki salmon or sesame and ginger tofu
3. Warm teriyaki tofu soba noodle salad
While the name might sound a little fancy, these salads are so simple to put together so they make a great meal prep option to take to work. Simply cook soba noodles per packet instructions, while stir-frying some chopped broccolini and frozen edamame beans (de-shelled). Mix these together with the noodles, top with pre-marinated teriyaki tofu and some sesame seeds. Easy and so nutritious!
4. Mediterranean tuna bowl
Tuna bowls are another easy to put together meal that doesn’t even require any cooking. Simply mix together a tin of tuna, a microwave brown rice cup, and your choice of salads. We like the combination of cherry tomatoes, baby cucumbers, rocket, olives and finished with a balsamic dressing. You could try feta or sundried tomatoes for a flavour boost too. If you are unsure about eating tuna in the office due to the smell, it tastes just as great swapped out with chickpeas or some chicken breast.
5. The classic chicken sandwich
Sandwiches are an often-underrated option when it comes to healthy lunches! When you combine a wholegrain bread, with a quality source of protein such as grilled chicken breast, then top with some salads that won’t turn your sandwich soggy; grated carrots, cucumber and lettuce, you’ve got a balanced and nutritious meal that is also filling. You can even bring the ingredients separately in containers to work, and put your sandwich together at lunch to prevent the bread from going soggy.
6. Don’t forget about leftovers
Lastly, leftovers are of course a favourite of ours for the healthy office lunch! Taking leftovers to work saves time on meal prepping on the weekends, instead just cook extra of your dinner meals so you can take a portion in a container the next day. Foods that can be warmed in the microwave usually work best as leftovers such as a healthy shepherd’s pie, pasta dish, mixed roasted vegetables or a healthy curry.
While we’ve only listed six healthy options here, there are a lot more healthy meals to take to work. Sticking to the basics in the kitchen, like a good old-fashioned sandwich, or trying creative dishes can help make your workday a little more enjoyable when you have a delicious lunch to look forward to.