(Mostly) Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas

So it’s the new year…many people plan to eat a little healthier in January, especially after Christmas excess. Packed lunches, especially for work, can be a challenge – it needs to be simple to make, easy to carry and store, straightforward to eat during a busy day, as well as tasty and filling.

We don’t want much, do we?!

Here are my pick of (mostly) healthy packed lunch ideas…because life is all about balance.

I use a Yumbox Panino for my lunches. I chose a pink one, of course! There are loads of different boxes available of course, but this is the best I have found. The compartments have helped me think a little differently about what I can include in my lunch, which has meant new ideas, variety, and a better balance in what I eat for lunch.

At first the compartments felt a little small – but I then realised it was more my idea of portion sizes that were skewed!

Yumbox Panino

Yumbox Panino

 

The tray inside a Yumbox Panino

The tray inside a Yumbox Panino

You really can put yogurt in a compartment and it not spill over everything – the trick is to not overfill any of the compartments so that it seals properly.

It’s dishwasher friendly too if that kind of thing is important to you (I don’t have one) and you can get spare trays. There are also Yumboxes with trays with lots of little compartments perfect for little ones’ appetites too.

So what are my lunch ideas? I try to include a range of food groups, with veggies and fruit, low GI carbs, and some healthy fats and protein from nuts and yogurt. I don’t keep to any kind of diets or principles, I just go for things that are filling, tasty and as healthy as possible (and just because you can’t see any chocolate it doesn’t mean there isn’t any!).

Falafel, walnut, and goats cheese salad

This is one of my favourites! There’s lettuce on the bottom, and falafel (which admittedly I don’t make myself); chopped hard goats cheese; walnuts; pomegranate seeds; and balsamic glaze.

To finish there is yogurt and berries.

Yum!

Yumboxfalafel

Couscous

We have an M&S Simply Food a short walk away from our house. If I don’t have time (or just can’t be bothered) to make something their little pots of couscous or quinoa are a good cheat. In this box I supplemented the couscous with some lettuce, falafel, and cashews.

Yogurt and berries is in another compartment, and a few bits of popcorn because you have to have a treat.

Yumboxcouscous

Falafel, beetroot, and avocado

I used cupcake moulds to separate my beetroot to stop everything getting messy; there is some balsamic glaze in the little pot; and I had some wholewheat crackers (the type in little individual packets) to put the avocado on.

The raspberries are for the yogurt of course – which also contains passion fruit.

Yumboxfalafel (2)

Homemade Cheese Scones

Here are a couple of homemade cheese scones, with some cream cheese, ham, leaves, and some cashews.

Yogurt and berries complete the feast.

I must say I was stuffed after this lunch!

Yumboxscone

Cream crackers, cream cheese and smoked salmon

This lunch is pretty self-explanatory – and was delicious! I found having to make up the crackers made me eat more slowly, savouring my food and giving my brain a bit of a rest.

Of course, no lunch of mine is complete without yogurt, and here we have some almonds to supplement the berries.

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13 Comments on (Mostly) Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas

  1. Jenny
    January 11, 2016 at 7:51 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh these all so delicious hun. Love all the separate containers too. Yum. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope to see you again this week for another great round. #sharewithme

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    • Leigh
      January 12, 2016 at 9:26 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Jenny 🙂 xx

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  2. You Baby Me Mummy
    January 7, 2016 at 5:13 pm (5 years ago)

    These lunches look amazing! So colourful. I want them all! Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

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    • Leigh
      January 10, 2016 at 3:54 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Aby! xxx

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  3. Katie LifeonVistaStreet Haydock
    January 6, 2016 at 9:43 pm (5 years ago)

    Brilliant post – I love seeing what people at work have for their lunches. I have a similar sistema lunch box and LOVE that the different foods don’t ‘infect’ one another no matter how messy.

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    • Leigh
      January 10, 2016 at 3:55 pm (5 years ago)

      Totally Katie, can you imagine yogurt infecting the salad? Yuck! xxx

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  4. Coombe Mill - Fiona
    January 6, 2016 at 10:00 am (5 years ago)

    these look like real treat lunches, they would definitely see me through too #Sharewithme

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    • Leigh
      January 4, 2016 at 11:01 am (5 years ago)

      Ah yes I’d heard that – don’t they get it provided for free? Sounds a good idea to make sure all children are able to have good nutrition. Thanks for commenting xx

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  5. Elaine @ Entertaining Elliot
    January 3, 2016 at 10:23 am (5 years ago)

    I always struggle with lunches, I get so bored of sandwiches! I have no excuse these days as I’m home alot of the time but I still lack imagination!! #thelist

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    • Leigh
      January 4, 2016 at 11:02 am (5 years ago)

      Aw I used to have ham and cheese sandwiches every day and I got to the point where I never wanted to see such a sandwich ever again! The Yumbox was good for me because it encouraged me to think differently xx

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  6. Sian - The Mama Story
    January 2, 2016 at 3:29 pm (5 years ago)

    What great ideas! I’m always looking for meal time inspiration as it seems so easy to get stuck in a rut. What a fab box too!
    #TheList

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    • Leigh
      January 4, 2016 at 11:02 am (5 years ago)

      It’s an awesome box! I love mine. Thanks for commenting xx

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