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Take-to-Work Lunch Ideas You Can Make in 5 Minutes

  • Veganosity

    Wrap Up Some Nut Butter

    PB and J is one of the all-time classic quick lunch ideas. Try this easy upgrade: Smear your favorite nut butter on a whole-grain tortilla and add fruit for a filling mix of protein and fiber.

    Get the recipe: Peanut Butter, Raspberry, and Banana Spirals

  • Nicole Darabi

    Upgrade Your Favorite Childhood Lunch

    Remember Lunchables? They were so fun—but not that impressive nutritionally. Make your own with fresh meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

    Get the recipe: Healthy High-Protein Lunchable

  • There's a Cook in my Kitchen

    Layer Up a Filling Parfait

    Layer creamy yogurt with fresh and dried fruit in a packable container. This version also contains pumpkin seeds for added crunch.

    Get the recipe: Berry Fig Yogurt Parfait

  • Kitschen Cat

    Stir Up a Chickpea Salad

    This lunch comes together fast because the two main ingredients—chickpeas and tuna—come from a can. Just stir these protein-packed staples (after draining and rinsing the chickpeas) with a few fresh ingredients for a quick and healthy salad.

    Get the recipe: Chickpea Salad with Lemon, Tuna, and Olives

  • The Almond Eater

    Skewer Your Favorite Sandwich

    Put seeded bread, turkey, and your other favorite sandwich fixings on a skewer. Bonus: These skewered sammies are also kind of perfect for a picnic.

    Get the recipe: Turkey Sandwich Skewers

  • Not Quite Susie Homemaker

    Dress Up Leftover Quinoa

    Got leftover quinoa in the fridge? Toss it with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella for an easy twist on the classic Caprese salad. Lunch doesn't get much faster than this.

    Get the recipe: Quinoa Caprese Salad

  • Wholesome Yum

    Pile On Some Flavor

    Who says you need bread to make a sandwich? A sliced apple is the base for this easy-to-assemble lunch idea that has protein, carbs, and fiber for a balanced meal or deskside snack.

    Get the recipe: Blueberry Pistachio Apple Sandwiches

  • Hurry the Food Up

    Make a Quick Sammy

    Avocados, cheese, and tomatoes are as easy to slice as it is to spread PB. This sandwich hits the spot when you're short on time but don't want to fall short on flavor.

    Get the recipe: The Ultimate Avocado Sandwich

  • Oh My Dish

    Wrap Up Some Seafood

    Roll some smoked salmon with cream cheese and cucumber for a quick protein-rich midday meal. Cucumber adds crunch and hydration, too.

    Get the recipe: Smoked Salmon Wraps