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Healthy Office Lunch Ideas

One thing I hated while working full time was trying to think up healthy office lunches. It seemed to take forever to think of something that would be tasty but not use too many of my Weight Watchers smart points. So today I wanted to share my top 5 healthy office lunches – enough for a week of meal planning! First up, I wanted to cover the basic option that is a go-to for me whenever I can’t think of what to have – Soup.

You can make just about any soup you want to, but my favourite one has to be my dad’s Bloody Mary soup!  The recipe below should yield 4-5 portions, so you can even freeze some for next week if you wanted. The vodka is optional, and because of the amount of time it’s cooking for, you burn off the actual alcohol – making it okay to have in work!

Ingredients:

  • frylight calorie controlled spray
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 800g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 75ml vodka (optional)
  • juice of one lemon
  • tabasco, to taste

Method:

  1. Heat your fry-light in a medium saucepan.
  2. Fry the celery for 3-4 minutes until it begins to soften, then add the cans of chopped tomatoes, 300ml of water, Worcestershire sauce, vodka, and lemon juice.
  3. Allow it to come to the boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat, and add the tabasco to taste.
  5. Using a blender, blitz the soup until smooth. Serve with a roll if you wish.

Lunch number 2 is another favourite of mine: Lentil, spinach and apple salad.

Apple, lentil and spinach salad with some Stilton crumbled over the top

I actually only discovered this salad this week, but I really did love it! I got the original recipe from my Weight Watchers Flex booklet we got the first week back in January (so last week), but as always I learnt to adapt it to my tastes. The recipe below gives enough for 2 good sized portions.

Ingredients:

  • 95g dried lentils
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 50g spinach
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 10g stilton, crumbled

Method:

  1. Boil water in a pot.
  2. Add your lentils and allow to come back to the boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmering heat, and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Drain and leave the lentils to cool.
  5. Chop your celery and take the stalks off your spinach leaves, and mix in a bowl with the cold cooked lentils.
  6. Mix the apple slices in the lemon juice, fully coating each piece.
  7. Combine the apple pieces with the rest of your salad.
  8. To finish, crumble your stilton over the top.

Another must have healthy lunch for me in work is a tuna pasta!

Such a simple yet understated meal, tuna pasta is quick and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • tin of tuna in water or brine (1 tin for 2 portions)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1.5oz per person of wholegrain pasta.
  • sweetcorn
  • celery, sliced
  • cucumber, sliced

Method:

  1. Drain any tins your are using.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add more mayo if you think it’s needed.

Up fourth is another fishy meal – a smoked salmon bagel

All you need for this tasty but healthy lunch is a plain bagel, some soft/cream cheese, and some smoked salmon! You can bulk it out by adding lettuce and cucumber, or if your office kitchen has a microwave you could make some scrambled egg to really be the envy of the office!

Healthy Lunch Number 5 is the Pizza Wrap

Another I learnt from my Weight Watcher booklets, the pizza wrap can be adjusted to suit whatever you may like on a pizza. The one I made just this week (and seen in the photo above) is made of the following:

Ingredients:

  • 1 small tortilla wrap
  • 1 tbsp hot salsa
  • 2 mushrooms, sliced
  • spinach, stalks removed
  • 10g grated cheese

Method:

  1. Put your tortilla under the grill until it starts to crisp a little.
  2. Spread your salsa over the tortilla.
  3. Top with your toppings, and sprinkle the grated cheese over the top
  4. Place back under the grill until the cheese is melted.
  5. For ease, slice your pizza when you lift it out of the grill, and allow to cool before packing for lunch.

And there you have it! These are my top 5 healthy office lunch suggestions. Have you made any of the above? What would you suggest adding to the list?

To keep up with my other meal suggestions or recipes check out my Food category, or to see what I hope to make by following me on Pinterest!

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20 thoughts on “Healthy Office Lunch Ideas

  1. As weird as it sounds, i can’t wait to get a job in an office just so i can have healthy, nice lunches like this! We don’t really have much of a lunch break at college so i’d never get time to eat and enjoy stuff like this! That all looks so yum!

  2. I think these are not great ideas for office lunch but for a everyday healthy lifestyle as well. I’ve bookmarked this post so I can come back to it later and try out the recipes, it’ll actually make cooking fun!

    -Soffy @ themumaffairs.blogspot.com

  3. Aw thank you so much Soffy! Let me know what you think of them whenever you try them? I’m still finding more recipes so I can do an update in a few weeks! xx

  4. Tuna pasta is so underrated, it’s definitely my favourite! I’m going back to work tomorrow so I’ll need all these ideas!
    Ellie | elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk xx

  5. Some fantastic ideas here. It’s so tempting to just buy a sandwich or something from a nearby shop but it’s so expensive every day! Great inspiration in this post.

  6. Thanks Rachael! I know, I fell into the trap of “oh I’ll just buy something” for the first 3 years of uni and only now do I realise how much more expensive that was!

  7. Ouuuu these all look so yummy! My go to is soup too lol, I have this vegetarian cafe close to my work place that I usually dash across and get stuff from. Omg the idea of a pizza wrap is lit, I’ve made pizza sandwiches before but never a wrap. Thanks for sharing Katie! ❤️😊

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

  8. Aw your cafe sounds great! I love taking soup to work, just need one of those containers that don’t spill! Pizza wrap is my new favourite though 😍 thanks for commenting! xxx

  9. Let me know if you like them! 😊 for some reason it’s really hard to think of lunches that are healthy! Thanks for commenting xxx

  10. I totally get that Ellie! I used to hate lunchtime during a full day of university – I literally had the 10 minutes between lectures to walk to my next class and grab a bite to eat at the same time. You could even try these over the weekend, my family loves trying them with me! Thanks for commenting xx

  11. I love the look of the pizza wrap, what a good idea. As I work from home you would think I’m whipping up all sorts of delicious and healthy lunches every day. Um, no. Sometimes I actually forget to eat, so this is a great post for me, something to bookmark and aspire to – thank you for the tips! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  12. all great ideas for easy, healthy lunches – i’ve been changing my food lifestyle up, haven’t eaten any meat since Christmas, and feeling good – been hard coming up w/ ideas, but also fun (though can be frustrating!) – especially love the tuna pasta one! and been a fan of designing new salads, i’ll have to try yours too – one i’ve been playing around w/ also has apples, mixed w/ goat cheese & cranberries – thanks for sharing! xx Bee

  13. Haha sometimes working from home is worse than being in an office, you just grab something convenient! Thanks for bookmarking! Let me know if you make anything or can think up alternatives 😊 xxx

  14. Tuna pasta is a favourite of mine! I used to love taking it to school as it felt like such a treat compared to a sandwich haha. As it’s such a cheap and easy meal it’s great to make now at night ready for the next day. This has definitely given me some inspiration for lunches next week, I always tend to get bored and struggle for ideas so this is fab!

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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