Healthy Packed Lunches

Recently, I’ve gone back to taking a packed lunch to work with me. I vowed to avoid dried up old sandwiches this time and have been on a mission to create interesting and healthy lunches every day. All I need to do now is remember to take them to work with me… Doh!

Start with a decent lunch box! I love these Systema lunch cubes because they have sections for different bits. Alternatively, try a Tupperware with good strong clips on it, like these. Try and avoid old takeaway tubs as they aren’t usually BPA free and could be leaching plastics into your food. Not good!

Green Cous Cous

Really simple and tasty and most importantly – healthy!  Make your couscous using vegetable stock (instead of water) and season well with black pepper and sea salt. Once cooled, add diced celery, cucumber, mint, parsley and coriander. Before eating, dollop on some creme fraiche or mayonnaise.

Glorious Soups – SkinnyLicious range

What a find! These are delicious and so good for you! A little more expensive (around £2) than some of the other soups you’ll find in the fresh section but worth every penny. These soups are filling and come in some really interesting flavours.

Try the San Antonio Fiesta flavour – but be quick, it’s a limited edition! I loved the smoky heat to this soup which is essentially a veggie bean chilli. Plus, if you can portion yourself to half a tub (a correct portion) at only 99 calories you can afford a buttered bread roll on the side! Winner!

Rice Cakes & Hummus  

Ok possibly not the most creative or interesting lunch but a classic, you’ll agree! These Kallo Quinoa & Seeds rice cakes are great – and believe me, I’ve eaten a lot of cardboard bland rice cakes to get to these. The seeds add a nice texture and the cakes themselves are nice and chunky so you actually feel filled up. I buy those hummus snacking pots too to help with portion control. A salad on the side, a satsuma, and a handful of nuts; you’ve got a great packed lunch.

And the best of the rest… including a round-up of some of my fellow blogger’s suggestions: 
    • Cheese & Lime Pickle Sarnies – Yes really!! This is a discovery I made around the end of the month when my bank account was looking a little empty. Such a simple thing but really tasty.
    • Green Goddess Salad Bowl with Tilda rice from The Veg Space.
    • Mini Baked Frittatas from Recipes From a Pantry.
    • Quinoa, Watercress, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Roasted Asparagus from Tin & Thyme.
    • Tuna Sandwiches Three Ways from The Hedgecombers

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  1. 17th August 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Your green couscous looks great in its colour coordinating box. However celery is one of the very few foods I can't abide so I'd have to miss it out.

  2. 17th August 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Thank you! Celery is a real marmite food isn't it! I agree to an extent though, it needs to be young and fresh, I hate it when it's stringy!

  3. 18th August 2015 / 6:50 am

    I must admit to having a bit of a packed lunch fetish (even though I work from home 6 days a week!) There's some great ideas here, off to pin to my Packed Lunch board on Pinterest 🙂
    Janie x

  4. 18th August 2015 / 6:50 am

    I must admit to having a bit of a packed lunch fetish (even though I work from home 6 days a week!) There's some great ideas here, off to pin to my Packed Lunch board on Pinterest 🙂
    Janie x

  5. 18th August 2015 / 7:28 am

    Some great ideas here! Loving the sound of that couscous 🙂

  6. 26th August 2015 / 12:09 pm

    I rarely have time to make my lunch in the morning. I have a littlr boy who won't budge in the morning. Slow, slow, slow. I do try and make my smoothies, but lunch often doesn't happen. I love your couscous salad.

  7. 3rd September 2015 / 5:11 pm

    Great picks! I have that lunchbox 😀 I really want something that is going to stop me slumping in the afternoon.

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  9. 4th September 2015 / 9:46 am

    They are the best lunch boxes! I always have the afternoon slump around 3pm so if I have something healthy to snack on it stops me going for crisps or choccy!

  10. 12th March 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Packing lunch takes so much dedication! 🙂 I applaud you xx. I love your tips!

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