I’ve collected a slew of healthy lunches to inspire your mid-day meal! These recipes are great for all ages (yes, even you). With this awesome round-up of Healthy Lunch Recipes, you can confidently send your kids off to school and yourself off to work (or work at home) knowing you’ll all be well nourished and well fed.
So whether you like to wrap it, stuff it into a jar, sandwich it, dip it or snack on it, we have you covered with this impressive round-up of lunch box recipes for kids. And most are simple enough that the kids can help or even pack their own lunch and maybe yours too. How great is that?!!
I hope you enjoy these awesome recipes from me as well as other amazing food bloggers that were generous enough to contribute!
Healthy Lunch Recipes
The options for lunch recipes are truly endless. You can pack green leafy salads, pasta salads, chicken salads, sandwiches, healthy sweets, and so much more. Here is a roundup of our all-time favorites.
These Mexican Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups with avocado, jalapeño, cumin and cilantro in tender Bibb lettuce leaves are the perfect fuss-free lunch or snack. The chicken salad is also easy to make ahead, making it all the more better.
These Healthy Fruit and Yogurt Rainbow Parfaits are perfect to pack in your children’s’ (and your own) lunchboxes! They’re super easy to make and are loaded with nutritious fruit, protein-rich Greek yogurt, and satisfying granola. Plus, who can resist when they see the pretty colorful layers of fruit.
This Southwest Quinoa Salad with black beans, mango and avocado is a delicious side salad for potlucks, parties and summertime picnics. The cumin, lime and cilantro dressing is flavorful and bright and pairs so well with the quinoa and fresh, healthy ingredients!
This chickpea and grilled corn salad is so easy and delicious. You’ll wish you had made a double batch! It has basil, parsley and tomatoes in it. I also added in mild goat feta too, but if you want to keep it vegan simply omit it.
This Pumpkin Streusel Bread is simply the best, most moist and delicious classic pumpkin bread you’ll make this season. I guarantee it! It’s easy to stir together, and then it bakes up to a big beautiful loaf perfect to slice and add to your lunchbox!
Once this honey sweetened and whole grain chocolate chip zucchini bread recipe is sliced, it stands no chance of lasting more than a few minutes. It will be devoured in no time! It is so yummy for a snack or to bring to a party.
You guys are going to love this Healthy Low-Calorie Ranch Dip recipe I made for you today. It is super easy and makes a quick crowd-pleasing appetizer and it is great for snack time! It’s a bonus that it is only 43 calories per serving! You’d never know that it was secretly healthy.
This hunger-busting Cobb Salad is bursting with fresh vegetables and protein-rich chicken, hard-boiled eggs, creamy avocado and smoky crumbled bacon. It is topped off with a simple homemade Blue Cheese vinaigrette which has all the delicious flavor of a traditional Brown Derby Cobb Salad, but with fewer calories and less saturated fat!
This delicious Chickpea Tuna Salad is a vegan version of a classic tuna salad. Featuring all the traditional flavors of the beloved salad, you won’t miss the tuna at all! Serve over lettuce or on a toasted slice of hearty whole-grain bread.
This Mediterranean Black Lentil Salad with cucumbers, spinach and feta is super easy to whip together. Just toss the lentils together with a little dressing and veggies, and you have the perfect summer side dish or gluten-free vegetarian main course.
Are you new to Meal Prep? Today is the day to give it a go! You can start your new year off right and pack these high-protein Spinach, Beet and Chicken Power Salads for a week’s worth of healthy hunger-busting lunches.
htlaeThis Kale Salad with Blueberries, Manchego and Pumpkin Seed Clusters is the perfect blend of juicy fresh berries, salty cheese, spicy seed clusters all tossed with kale and a delicious lemon vinaigrette dressing.
There is only one thing that is better than a creamy yet healthy pasta salad with ham and peas, and that one thing is an ultra-creamy version made with Greek yogurt and whole-wheat pasta!
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Happy Cooking! ~Katie
About the Author
Stephanie Olson worked in television production and advertising before moving from Los Angeles to New England. She attended culinary school in Connecticut and has since worked as a pastry chef, recipe tester and food stylist. Stephanie grew up in Lubbock, Texas and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Hi, I’m Katie and this is my Vermont kitchen. I’m a classically trained chef, professional recipe developer and cookbook author. My mission is to help make cooking with whole food ingredients easy, fun and delicious!
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