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Power-Packed Lunches You Can Easily Tote to Work

  • Dave's Killer Bread

    Power Veggie Sandwich

    Sandwiches get a bad rap sometimes, but they can make a healthy comeback with upgraded versions like this vegan stack. Using whole-grain bread gives you killer taste and texture, and this veggie-stuffed recipe clocks in at 44 grams of whole grains and 10 grams of protein. Hummus, avocado, and fresh veggies offer a healthy dose of nutrition that fill you up without filling you out.

    Get the recipe: Power Veggie Sandwich

  • Shaw's Simple Swaps

    Sweet Potato Pie Yogurt Parfait

    Rethink your urge to dive into those stale office doughnuts and plan ahead with this yogurt parfait. Packed with twice as much protein as regular yogurt, nonfat plain Greek yogurt mixed with fresh fruit or vegetables, like sweet potato, satisfies sweet cravings and provides the ultimate midday snack. It's made with only natural ingredients and no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or flavors—so basically the exact opposite of what you'd find in the vending machine. (Try these other 15 clean eating recipes for lunch.)

    Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Pie Yogurt Parfait

  • Living Well Kitchen

    Cobb Salad Wrap

    Wraps are what happens when a salad meets a sandwich, making this perfect for protein lovers who are watching their carb intake. It uses a ProteinUP Flatout wrap, which packs more than 12 grams of protein and only 8 grams of carbs. Plus, wrapping bacon with fresh greens is always a tasty choice. 

    Get the recipe: Cobb Salad Wrap

  • Dishing Out Health

    Trail Mix Energy Cookies

    Cookies can have their rightful place in a balanced, protein-packed lunch. Especially when the cookies feature whole grains, seeds, and delicious fruit. These Trail Mix Energy Cookies are the perfect way to satisfy any midafternoon cravings while delivering a hefty dose of nutrition, too. (Did you know that cookies can also be a smart pre-workout pick-me-up? See: 5 Reasons Cookies Are the Perfect Workout Fuel.)

    Get the recipe: Trail Mix Energy Cookies

  • Shaw's Simple Swaps

    Raw Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

    No time for breakfast but need something to hold you over until lunch? A protein bar is a great idea to keep on hand for occasions like this, and making a batch a home allows you to control the ingredients and sugars. If you're really in a pinch, Pure Protein PLUS is a nice store-bought option. You'll get about 20 grams of protein and 15 grams of fiber with only about 3 grams of sugar.

    Get the recipe: Raw Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

  • Holley Grainger, MS, RD

    Roasted Chickpeas 3 Ways

    Remember the days when corn nuts and candy-coated peanuts were considered a "healthy" afternoon snack? Thank goodness for these natural, protein-packed, plant-based chickpeas! The unique flavor combinations—including buffalo, chili lime, or garlic Parmesan rosemary—really add a flavorful punch. 

    Get the recipe: Roasted Chickpeas 3 Ways

 

Elizabeth Shaw MS, RDN, CLT

Elizabeth is a San Diego based nutrition communications consultant who works with local and national brands to help encourage healthy living behaviors. You can find her on social media @shawsimpleswaps.
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