35 Healthy Lunch & Snack Ideas

35 Easy Real Food Lunch and Snack Ideas

I’ve gotten several emails lately asking for some easy lunch and snack ideas. I admit, this isn’t my strongest area since my kids are still pre-school age and my husband is often in and out of his home office around lunch time, so I’m able to just prepare food at home.

The times that I do have to pack ahead when we are on the road, it definitely takes planning, and I see why this is one area a lot of people would prefer to simplify.

With that in mind, I’ve compiled some of my favorite simple and fast recipes (my own and from around the web) that can be packed for lunches or snacks on the go.

A Few Of My Own…

Jerky From Ground Beef

Meatball Shish Kabobs

Chia Seed Energy Bars

Perfect Chicken Salad

Grilled Citrus Chicken Salad with Cucumber, Egg and Strawberries

Fiesta Chicken salad with Guacamole and Salsa

Coconut Granola

Tuna Salad with Apples and Walnuts

Healthy Rice Free Sushi

Homemade Energy Bars

Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars

Cheesy Chips- Grain and Potato Free

Healthy Homemade Meat Based Pizza- Meatza!

Simple Lettuce Tacos (can also be made with lunch meat or other leftovers)

Leftover Salmon Cakes Wrapped In Bacon

Water Kefir Soda

You can also make extra of any of the meals on my Recipes Page and send/bring the leftovers for lunches. These are a few of my favorite (kid-approved) snack ideas

Brilliant Recipes From Around the Web…

Some Easy Snack Ideas from Mark’s Daily Apple (Kids will like these!)

Tons of lunch/snack ideas with recipes compiled at MDA

Bacon, Egg and Avocado Salad at Food Renegade (great blog… check it out while you are there!)

Sausage “Cupcakes” at Food Renegade

Homemade Probiotic Lemonade at Food Renegade

Grain Free Crackers also at Food Renegade

Kale Chips at Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Amazing Greek Salad at Keeper of the Home (add some chicken- amazing!)

Garlic Dill Pickles at Keeper of the Home

Homemade Yogurt at Keeper of the Home

Awesome Gravlax at Gnolls

Butternut Squash Chips at Health, Home, and Happiness

Chicken Pepper Poppers at Health, Home, and Happiness

Homemade Fried Cheese Sticks at Health, Home, and Happiness

Grain Free Crackers at Health, Home, and Happiness

Homemade Chicken Nuggets (use coconut or almond flour!)  at Health, Home, and Happiness

There’s also nothing wrong with a great homemade salad each day for lunch, and there are a million different ways to mix this one up! For kids, finger foods like nuts, veggies and fruit with dip, beef jerky, cheese, etc. are often easier and can be sent with homemade smoothies, water kefir, or other healthy drinks.

Healthy Store-bought Convenience Foods

If you’re not into making your own healthy snacks, there are so many more healthy options now than there were 10 years ago when I started blogging. Here’s a short list of my family’s favorites:

  • PaleoValley beef sticks: Like beef jerky only better, and made from the best ingredients with no additives
  • Daily Harvest smoothie cups: These pre-portioned smoothie cups use nutritious fruits and veggies flash-frozen in delicious combinations like Carrot + Chia or Cold Brew + Almond. Also check out their harvest bowls and even healthy cookie dough!
  • Thrive Market: My not-so-secret secret for saving a lot of $ on pantry items like grain-free crackers, nuts, sardines, and many organic convenience foods.

I’m sure I’ve missed some great ideas from around the web … please share your favorites in the comments below!

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