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55+ Healthy Lunch Ideas

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Does The Lunch Hour Taunt You?

Does it stick out its tongue, cross its eyes and dare you to go beyond PB&J sandwiches? No fear, brave friend, this post is for you! Here’s a sneak peek into what I’ll be packing for the potami this year.

Lunch Meat & Beyond

Other Sources Of Protein

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Raw cheese

Pre-Made Options

While I try to make as much from scratch as possible, there are times when keeping my sanity dictates tossing a few convenience items into my cart. Here’s what I buy:

Leftovers that make good lunches




Veggie Sides

Pre-Made Options

  • Bubbies naturally fermented pickles
  • Sea Snax – It’s a sea vegetable, so it counts! Seaweed is a great alternative to chips, and it’s rich in minerals such as iodine, calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper and selenium.Unfortunately most seaweed snacks are made with canola or safflower oil. Safflower I don’t have a big problem with, but companies often switch between the two depending on what’s cheapest so you never know what you’re going to get. Fortunately, I recently discovered these mineral rich from Sea Snax that use olive oil instead. (Also, they test radiation and the last time I checked with them there were no detectable levels.)


Energy Bars, Granola & Such


With Nuts

Pre-Made Options

There are a lot of paleo/grain-free granola options available on Amazon. You can find them here.


Gelatin Treats

These really deserve their own category. Gelatin is rich in nutrients that studies suggest may make skin look more youthful, support digestion and improve sleep, among many other things. They also happen to be delicious and easily packed. Here are a few of my favorite recipes:


For The Thermos


Sweets & Treats

Nut-Free Options

If nuts are a-okay . .

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

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So, I wasn’t quite sure where to put these, but as I mentioned in 15 Ways To Be Kind To Your Adrenals, carb cycling can help support normal cortisol/melatonin rhythms. For that reason, we start with a high protein breakfast that includes a small amount of carbs, followed by a larger portion of carbs at lunch and a little larger portion at dinner. When we’re on-the-go, my favorite recipes are:


Packing tips

These 4 oz. leakproof rounds are perfect for dips, gummy snacks, while this 8 oz. version is better for yogurt or a small amount of soup/stew.

For hot soups, I use this 16 ounce thermos. It hold a bit too much for the potami, so I’m getting them the 12 ounce version.

I haven’t tried a lot of different brands, but I’ve been very happy with our Lunchbot Duos (with two compartments) and Trios (with three compartments). Random stuff that won’t fit in the Lunchbots usually gets tucked into a reusable snack bag like this one.

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8 Responses to 55+ Healthy Lunch Ideas

  1. Mary says:

    I want to know what you eat in a typical day.

  2. Monica says:

    So many great ideas, even for those of us with littles at home. Thank you!

  3. Toni Sicola says:

    Thanks for featuring my resistant starch potato salad! This is quite an impressive list of options! Excited to check them out!

  4. Julia says:

    I have cold lunch every day, and I gotta tell you, it gets pretty boring when you have the same thing for lunch five days of the week. These ideas are so awesome! Thanks! Hope you can visit my blog sometime!

  5. Karen says:

    Quite an impressive list with many options I am sure my kids would love. I was just curious which brands of organic hot dogs and cold cuts you use?

  6. Tanya says:

    Long time reader, first post…thank you for such real and great ideas, for lunch and every day! Your sour gummies are a family fav, even being used to carve out Happy Birthday for a grain free one year old!

  7. ikechukwu says:

    Hello mommy, I am new to your blog, most of your lunch ideas are strange to me, but here in Africa, we eat heavy food like garri (heavy molded flour)and egusi soup for lunch mostly

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