I don’t know about you, but there are days I am totally stumped on what to make for my own lunch. I am good about getting the kids out the door with their lunches and my little guy at home has his lunchtime favorites. But often times I am eating on the fly while I am trying to get other things done around the house. This month I am challenging myself to eat healthy lunches in order to get myself on track for the summer! I have rounded up some of my favorites to hopefully inspire me (and you) and to make lunchtime fun again:) Here are some easy lunch ideas for moms on the go!
Easy & Healthy Lunch Ideas for Moms
Salads are always a go-to option for lunchtime. Lunch is my time to try out new salad recipes, because my family is rarely on board with salads for dinner. However, I do find myself stuck on making simple salads because I don’t have to the time to cut up a ton of ingredients.
This month I am planning to prep ingredients for 1-2 salads over the weekend, so weekday lunch preparations are easy! My favorite salad is the Detoxinista Detox Salad. Whenever I have gotten off track with my eating, I always go back to this salad for a few days and I feel so much better! It is an addicting salad and the homemade salad dressing is SO good!
My favorite salad recipes include:
I love making my own salad dressings, however, my go to prepared dressings are Tessamae’s. They are Whole 30 approved and even when I am not on a Whole 30 plan, I still buy these regularly.
Other “no recipe required” salads I like include:
Taco Salad: Tortilla chips or Plaintain Chips, Romaine, Veggies, Cheese (optional), Black Beans, Rice, Guacamole, Salsa
Greek Salad: Romaine Lettuce, Olives, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Garbanzo Beans, Feta
Everything Salad (aka fridge clean out): Any Lettuce, Deli Meat, Veggies, Nuts, Cheese, Favorite Dressing
Prepackaged Salad: Perfect when I am short on time, I always have a few salad kits in my fridge each week.
Lunchtime can not get much easier than warming up a soup that you have prepared ahead of time. This is one of my favorite lunch ideas during the winter months. Since I am typically the only one eating the soup, I can make it on Sunday and it lasts all week long.
My favorite soup recipe is a this Butternut Squash Soup recipe from 100 Days of Real Food.
My other soup favorites include:
Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup (My whole family will eat this one!)
Roasted Tomato Soup (My daughter loves this one)
There are times that I get tired of salads and a simple ‘snacky’ type lunch is just what I need. It’s nice because I can get a taste of everything and I can use whatever I have on hand.
Snack Platter Ideas include:
While this might not necessarily be considered a meal on its own, I sometimes make a smoothie along with a snack platter or a salad. Or if I have a smaller lunch, I’ll make a smoothie a few hours later.
I always load my smoothie up with a lot of leafy greens. If you want a more protein packed smoothie, peanut butter or almond butter are great options!
**These festive, REUSABLE STRAWS are perfect for daily smoothies. I got some of these a few months ago and we all love using them!!
Loaded Baked Sweet Potato
Another very easy lunch option is a loaded baked sweet potato. I will just microwave a sweet potato and then warm up any leftover chicken or taco meat I have on hand. You could keep this a vegetarian option by just adding veggies and cheese too!
This Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potato recipe looks so good!!
Sometimes I’ll serve the potato along with a small side salad. It just depends on what I have on hand. This lunch option is always so filling.
Ever since I have completed two rounds of Whole 30, omelets have become a daily staple for me. I typically have them for breakfast, but if I am short on time in the morning, then I usually will have one for lunch.
Omelets are a great way to use up leftover veggies too! Load up on veggies and add a side of fruit and you have a balanced lunch.
Additional quick and easy lunch ideas:
Wraps: The options are endless! Lunch meat, leftover meat, veggies, hummus, guacamole—whatever you have on hand!
Quesadillas: So many ways to go on quesadillas. Spicy and Veggie filled or cheese and sweet filled. This Strawberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Quesadilla recipe looks so yummy!
Rice Bowls: Start with Cooked Rice or Quinoa and top with whatever protein, veggies and nuts you want!
Pizza Bagels: Pizza doesn’t have to just be a kids meal. Dress up your bagel with different varieties of cheeses and veggies.
Pasta Salad: Swap out grain noodles for veggie noodles (zucchini, beet or sweet potato noodles) for a healthy change!
Be sure to follow my NEW HEALTHY LUNCH IDEAS PINTEREST board for healthy lunch ideas!
There are a TON of easy and healthy options for busy moms. Of course it’s easy to grab a bite of whatever the kids are eating instead of spending time making something healthy and tasty for yourself. So, the key to having good lunches is to plan ahead! Pick a couple of lunch ideas for the week and make ahead as much as you can on the weekends!
What are some of your favorite weekday lunch meals?