Over 50 Healthy Work Lunchbox Ideas

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The start of a new year is a great time for changing up our old routines. You know, breaking away from bad habits-or just boring ones-and trying something new.

Where better to start than with your lunch box?

After all, we all have to eat lunch every day, but there’s no reason it has to be the same lunch every day. Sure, it’s easy to keep packing the same old turkey sandwich and apple and chips, Monday through Friday-but then one day, after three weeks straight of the same thing, you can find yourself pulling out that box at lunch time and realizing you just can’t face one more turkey sandwich.

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And next thing you know, you’re hitting the drive-through and wolfing down a bacon double cheeseburger and spending the rest of the afternoon feeling bloated and greasy. So stop that Micky D’s run before it starts with a little lunchtime variety. Here’s a whole slew of fresh ideas for lunchtime-some from my blog, some from friends-that should keep your taste buds interested all month long.

Over 50 Healthy Work Lunchbox Ideas

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Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado Chicken Salad in a pita, packed in a plastic lunchbox


Mixed green salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing packed with a salad in a plastic lunchbox

Chickpea Salad and Olive Spread 

Chickpea salad and olive spread, chickpea and olive salad, veggies and strawberries packed in a lunch box

The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sandwich

BBQ Chicken sandwich packed in a lunch box with fruit and veggies


Crockpot Lasagna Soup

showing crockpot soup leftovers packed for lunch

Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups packed in a plastic lunch box

Baked Salmon & Avocado

Baked Salmon & Avocado packed in a lunch box

Avocado Shrimp Salad

Avocado Shrimp Salad packed in a lunchbox with olives, lettuce and crackers

Healthified Chicken Caeser Pita

Chicken Ceasar Pita sandwich packed in a lunch box

Stuffed Bagels 

Stuffed Bagel packed in a lunch box with strawberries and carrots

Valentine’s Salad with guacamole

Valentine's themed Salad packed in a lunch box

Crockpot Cool Ranch Chicken Wrap

Sandwich wrap packed with a container of guacamole, blueberries and a granola bar

Easy Kale Salad ( kale and shredded deli meat) with s side of leftover Pizza Dip

Pizza dip, pita chips, strawberries and a kale salad packed in a plastic lunch box

Cowboy Caviar with some multigrain chips

 cowboy caviar packed in a lunch box with blueberries, chips and a granola bar

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad on a bed of lettuce.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad packed in a lunch box

Leftover Vegetable Pie with lunch meat, cracker, and fresh fruit.

Leftover vegetable pie packed in a lunch box

Quinoa Burger 

Quinoa Burger packed in a lunch box with strawberries, cucumber and a hard boiled egg

Snack-box Style Lunch

fruit, vegetables, dip, cheese and a hard boiled egg packed in a plastic lunch box

Chopped salad with lentils and avocado

Salad with lentils, avocado and cheese packed in a plastic lunch box

Salad topped with Crockpot Cool Ranch Chicken

Cool ranch chicken packed as a salad, with a side of fruit and nuts - in a lunch box

Fiesta Chopped Salad

Fiesta Chopped Salad packed for lunch

Here’s even MORE work lunch ideas from fellow bloggers.

75 Office Lunch Ideas || Laura Fuentes

collage image of 10 different lunchbox ideas

Healthy Lunch Ideas for Adults || Following In My Shoes

lunch box packed with cheese, crackers, peanut butter, cucumbers, egg and fruit

3 Cures for the Common Salad || The Kitchn

3 different salad packed in plastic lunchboxes

14  Satisfying 400 Calorie Lunchbox Ideas || Eclectic Lamb

Collage image of 14 lunch box ideas <

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  1. very attractive presentation, but many of these seem like snacks rather than a full lunch calorie-wise. I am a 120-pound woman, so not big, and yet I would be starving within an hour or two with many of these options. I like to eat three main meals with a ligh snack or two (fruit with cheese, smoothie, or nuts) in between, and I’m afraid these won’t cut it for me. Does eating as shown presuppose lots of snack throughout the day?

    1. I like to keep my lunches around 400-500 calories a meal 🙂 If some of these look lighter I have usually included some fruit or a a protein bar as a snack. I hope that helps!

  2. I really enjoyed this post. These lunches look amazing! I can’t wait to try some of them. If only you could make them for me too 🙂

  3. Michelle M. says:

    Your lunches are so creative! I love leftovers and your containers are too cute!

  4. This is the first healthy take to work/school lunch article I have seen that actually has stuff I would plausibly eat and make! The other lists have very complicated foods, and they don’t include sides. This list is great! Thanks!