Healthy packed lunch meals aren’t always the most exciting task for everyone. Meal prepping, food shopping, and a fridge full of containers aren’t necessarily things that spark joy.
However, knowing that you and your family are getting nutritious and affordable meals that are better for your tummies, bank balances, and even the environment than buying lunch every day CAN be things that spark joy.
Because a fair few of you will now be back in your routine of work and school, we thought it was the perfect time to share 5 healthy packed lunch ideas for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
#1. A fresh citrus salad
Salads can be a great way to make large quantities of lunches, while still having something exciting to eat when the time comes to actually eat it! This citrus salad is packed full of colours, flavours, and nutrients, so you’ll be the envy of everyone in the lunchroom.
It’s fairly simple as well, and you can check out the recipe here.
#2. A healthy paleo burger
Is health a focus for you this year? Or maybe you’re trying out the paleo diet? This burger is even tastier than it looks, and the different elements to it can be made in bulk, so you can make this week after week and not break a sweat.
Check out the delicious recipe here.
#3. Family friendly mac n’ cheese
Kids love mac n’ cheese, but we thought taking it one step further will help them get a little more nutrients out of this family favourite. It can be frozen for later, and is perfect for packed lunches.
You can follow our recipe here.
#4. Killer quesadillas
Quesadillas can come in all shapes and forms, with something to tantalise even the fussiest taste buds. But if you want your packed lunches to blow minds this year, then try being a little adventurous, like with this halloumi and sauerkraut quesadilla recipe which you can try out here.
#5. A classic reuben sandwich
If travel was on your list of things to do this year, but New York, New York is looking like a bit of a stretch, why not bring the Big Apple to you instead? You really can’t beat a reuben sandwich for lunch, and we have the perfect recipe for you here.
Of course, packed lunches are all about catering to your needs, whether that’s healthy food, affordable options, or simply something that’s quick and easy. So find what works for you, and then switch it up whenever you need something new!
If you have a lunchbox favourite, let us know in the comments!