7 Simple & Easy On-the-Go Lunch Ideas
Lunch on the go shouldn’t be boring, instead, this mid-day meal should be something to look forward to. Don’t reach for that overpriced sandwich from the gas station or grocery store, try making and preparing your lunches at home. If it sounds daunting, don’t worry, we've got your back with some simple and easy on-the-go lunch ideas to try. These creative lunch ideas are here to satisfy your taste buds and keep you fueled and focused for the whole day.
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1. Thaw and Eat PB&J Sandwiches
An upgrade from the traditional PB&J that requires no preparation or cooking, frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are perfect for an easy lunch. Simply take one out of the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature.
2. The Classic Sandwich Upgrade
Let's start with the tried-and-true classic: the sandwich. But we're not talking about your run-of-the-mill ham and cheese, opt for a pita pocket. Fill the pita pocket with tasty proteins like turkey, ham, or tofu for a meat-free option. Include some crunchy veggies, a little (or a lot) of your favorite condiment, and voilà! You've created a yummy and filling lunch option that's anything but boring.
3. Salad in a Jar
If you have lots of Mason jars sitting around unused, we’ve got the perfect lunch idea for you! These do-it-all jars are great for creating salads that you can easily take on the go. Choose your favorite dressing and place it at the bottom of your jar, followed by any grains like quinoa or brown rice if you prefer. Next, choose a protein to add to your next layer, or skip this step if you’d prefer to keep it meat-free. Then, pile on your favorite veggies and top it all off with leafy greens. When lunchtime rolls around, simply give your jar several good shakes and you’re ready to enjoy!
4. Wrap It Up
Wraps are like sandwiches’ cooler and trendier younger sister. These lunchtime staples are simple to whip up and even easier to pack. All you need is your favorite type of tortilla, an optional protein, loads of veggies, and a condiment or two. Roll it up, tuck in the sides, and you’ve got yourself a healthy and filling meal that’s ready whenever you are!
5. Leftovers Makeover
Don’t let those leftovers go to waste in the fridge, last night’s delicious dinner can easily be tomorrow’s lunch. This idea is super simple, just portion out your dinner into a microwave-safe container (should they need to be re-heated) and bring it along wherever you’re headed. It doesn’t get any easier.
6. Bento Box Bliss
Get creative and channel your inner Japanese chef with a bento box lunch. For this lunch, you can opt to pack it in a bento box-style lunch box or simply pack it in separate microwave-safe containers. If you happen to have a bento box on hand, fill each section with a variety of foods: sushi rolls, dumplings, a side of fruit or rice, and maybe even a sweet chocolate flavored snack. The combinations are endless! As a meal, bento boxes are a fun way to create a balanced and colorful meal that you can look forward to each workday.
7. DIY Protein Bowl
Instead of buying a burrito bowl from a local or chain restaurant, try packing one on your own. Protein bowls are easily customized and ideal for those who want to pack on the protein at lunchtime. Plus, protein bowls can keep you fueled for hours and help ward off that afternoon slump. To prepare, simply start with a base of your preferred grain and top it with your favorite protein, like grilled chicken, tofu, or beans. Add a mix of fresh veggies and top it all off with your favorite sauce or dressing.
Packing a satisfying and delicious lunch for on-the-go doesn't have to be a chore. With a little creativity and some easy preparation, you can enjoy meals that are both tasty and filling. These simple and easy on-the-go lunch ideas are sure to spice up your mid-day meal!