These healthy lunches and snacks will keep you on track while you’re running around all day.
After being a college student for four years, and experiencing the daily 9-5 workplace environment for a while now, too, I have become pretty familiar with on-the-go lunches and snacks. I’ve dealt with no access to a refrigerator or microwave, to not being able to tolerate gluten (which makes to-go lunches pretty difficult), to having no restrictions at all (kitchen access makes a huge difference!).
Whether you’re going to the library all day, dashing from class-to-class, or just at the office everyday, save money and time with these healthy lunches and snacks!
Deli meat roll-ups
This was a go-to for me when my stomach didn’t like gluten. I would buy Applegate gluten-free turkey meat. Now, I like Boar’s Head lemon-pepper chicken from the deli counter. I like to roll it up with a slice of bell pepper and some spinach; sometimes a slice of avocado if I know it won’t be long before I eat it (TIP: lemon juice helps to preserve avocado).
I recently began using Flatout Bread, and I love it! I’ve made different quesadillas and wraps, and plan on getting more creative with them soon. For a to-go lunch, I love to make deli meat or tuna wraps. Include any vegetables you like, and use mustard as a “dressing”.
I love quinoa: cold or hot it’s delicious and full of nutritional benefits. For a tasty “southwestern” quinoa salad, just mix 1 cup cooked quinoa (whichever kind you prefer), chopped red pepper, grape tomatoes, black beans, corn, and avocado. Sprinkle some salt, pepper and lime juice and that’s all!
Shrimp or tuna salad
Regarding shrimp, I usually just buy a bag of frozen medium shrimp and keep it in my freezer for a quick dinner or make-ahead lunch. For this salad mix a serving of shrimp (sauté in olive oil with lemon juice and salt and pepper) or tuna with whatever salad mixture you like. My go-to is spinach, shredded carrot, grape tomatoes, and garbanzo beans. TIP: Starkist Tuna Creations lemon pepper flavor is really yummy and easy – just bring along the pouch and add to your salad when you’re ready to eat. For dressing, bring separately so you don’t make your salad soggy. I like to just bring balsamic vinegar, or mix my salad with a dash of mustard and lemon juice.
Veggies, pita chips and hummus
This is something I put together if I’m running out of food in the house. Just bring a serving of pita chips, baby carrots, celery or slices of bell peppers with a serving of hummus. If you haven’t tried Sabra basil pesto hummus – YA GOTTA.
½ serving nuts and 1 apple
Get some fiber and healthy fats with this snack combo! This is also so easy to carry in your purse, backpack or briefcase.
100 calorie Chobani
I eat this everyday as my mid-morning snack. These have way less sugar than the original Chobani with just as much protein. My favorite: vanilla!
I’ve recently developed an obsession with these. They are delicious, easy, and good for you! KIND prides themselves on their ingredients that you can see and pronounce – and they aren’t lying. Each bar is made with nuts, fruits and whole grains, providing fiber, protein, antioxidants and more for your body.
Angie’s Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn
I absolutely LOVE Angie’s popcorn. There’s the sweet and salty kettle corn (favorite), the sea salt popcorn, and more. Just pack a serving or two (they’re about 35 calories per CUP!) of these delicious crunchy snacks in a Ziploc as a great alternative to greasy potato chips.
Peanut butter and anything
If you know me, you know that I am undoubtedly addicted to peanut butter. Therefore, I eat anything with peanut butter as a snack. Apples, carrots, celery, strawberries…you name it. Bring a serving of peanut butter in a small Tupperware and eat it with your favorite fruit or vegetable!
Join the conversation:
What do you normally bring to school/work to eat?
Do your dietary restrictions make it difficult to bring food on-the-go?
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