Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

Photo + Recipe: Martha Stewart Living

Photo + Recipe: Martha Stewart Living

By: Lisa Jackson 

The worst part of my work week is packing a daily healthy lunch. Too many times, I open my lunch bag and I’m repulsed by what I prepared. It’s boring or bland. On other days, I don’t bother to make lunch at all.

I asked Registered Dietician Allie McLaughlin from Nutrition Meets Life for some healthy lunch ideas that are also easy. Here’s how to transform a mid-day meal into a noon hour feast:

Avocado on Toast: Bring half an avocado in your lunch bag. Slice the avocado and tomato, and add it to whole wheat toast or crackers.

Mini Pizza: This is my favourite healthy lunch idea because it’s so easy and delicious. Pack grated mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and any toppings that you want. Throw everything onto a whole wheat English muffin and put into the microwave or toaster oven.

Photo: Daily Food Porn

Photo: Daily Food Porn

Sushi Pockets: Sushi is a healthy lunch fave – but at $6-10 a meal, it can weigh on your wallet. Homemade sushi may seem overwhelming, but really, this recipe is easy.

In a bowl, gently mix avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, pepper, green onion, radish, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Combine with cooled rice and a vegetable mixture. Use brown rice for an extra healthy addition. Transfer to a sealed container and pack for work along with the nori (dried seaweed).

When you’re ready to eat at the office, cradle a square of nori in your hand to make a pocket, and spoon in the sushi mixture.


Mozzarella & Tomato Salad: Instead of paying $10-15 in a restaurant, make this simple salad recipe yourself. Chop some fresh roma tomatoes, and top with part-skim mozzarella, spinach, and homemade dressing. Bon appétit!


— Lisa Jackson is a freelance writer and blogs at Eat Drink Travel Magazine. Find her online @eatdrinktravels


  • Leah Leitch

    Good ideas – will by trying them all!