Eating protein at lunchtime is essential for satiation, and it also helps to avoid blood sugar crashes and energy dips mid-afternoon. These healthy protein-rich recipes, with both vegan and omnivorous options, offer something for every midday mood. Bonus: they also travel well!
Quinoa Bowl with Chicken and Avocado Cream
We’re big on bowl recipes – even when it means swapping the bowl itself for an airtight container to bring to work. This protein-filled meal with quinoa, chicken and avocado cream will keep your energy levels up all afternoon long.
Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad
Kale is one of the few salad greens that can be dressed ahead of time and actually improve with age. And salmon tastes just as good cold as it does warm, making this an ideal packed lunch.
Vegan Sunflower Seed Tuna Salad
For those who don’t like tuna salad or would prefer to leave the lunchroom without its unmistakable odour, turn to sunflower seeds to create a protein-rich, plant-based tuna swap to fill a wrap or sandwich.
Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry
Put your slow cooker to work on Sunday and enjoy a few days of hot packed lunches for the week ahead.
Soba Noodle Bowl With Garlic Shrimp and Miso Dressing
This nutritious meal-in-a-bowl can be packed up and enjoyed as a chilled noodle salad at your workplace. Complete with protein-rich shrimp, vegetables and a savoury miso dressing, it’s a lunch that will keep you full for hours.