Today we share some new lunch box ideas to fill you up at work or help your kids get through the day at school. Sandwiches are stock standard in a lunch box with an apple or a banana – how boring.

Lunch is a crucial meal. You will struggle to get through the day productively or have energy to concentrate without it. If you do not have a good strong lunch to stabilise your blood pressure and blood sugar you are guaranteed to fall asleep at your desk. This is true for us adults as well as our kids at school.

First up is a Low Carbohydrate and Sugar Free Lunch Box.
This includes skewers of salami, baby tomatoes, cheese and basil. The protein and fat component in the salami and cheese will keep you full and fuel your brain and body to get through the rest of the day. The plain yoghurt and blueberries can be eaten separately or combined together. Blueberries are a super fruit with very little sugar and
they are bursting with antioxidants which can help maintain brain function and improve memory.

Healthy lunch box ideas - Low Carbohydrate and Sugar Free

The Second Lunch box is a vegetarian meal.
This includes rice crackers with hummus (click here for the recipe) or cream cheese. Add some healthy raw vegetables such as baby carrots, cucumber fingers and baby tomatoes – these items can be dunked into the hummus as well. The last thing in the lunch box are some pitted Medjool dates. Dates are a natural energy booster and combined with the protein from the hummus you will definitely beat the afternoon slump.

Healthy lunch box ideas - vegetarian

The third lunch box is a diary free lunch.
In this lunch box you will not find any dairy for all of you who are lactose intolerant. The king of the lunchbox is the tuna wrap. To make this wrap –

Spread the condiment of your choice including, but not limited to, sweet-chili sauce, hummus, mustard, mayonnaise, etc. Add some fresh ingredients to the middle such as cucumber slithers, raw carrots, pickles, raw spinach and any other fresh items you have in the fridge. Add some tinned tuna and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and wrap it all
up.

Adding to this dish, you can include some raw baby carrots and fresh mango as well as some cashews to snack on. Cashews contain magnesium which helps diminish the frequency of migraines, improve cognitive ability, and also lowers blood pressure.

Healthy lunch-box ideas - diary free

The final lunch box is a protein powerhouse
This includes a boiled egg, a handful of raw almonds with some raw baby spinach leaves. Spinach restores energy, increases vitality and improves the quality of the blood – it is the perfect brain booster to get you through the day. To end the meal, there’s the above-mentioned antioxidant boosters in a punnet of blueberries.

Healthy lunch-box ideas - protein powerhouse

Lunch boxes need not be bland and boring you can add so many things to spruce up your midday meal. Here are some other lunch box ideas you can add…

  • Mini Pizzas
  • Fruit Salad and Granola or Granola bars
  • Meatballs
  • Chicken Drumsticks


Also, do not forget your bottle of water – it is really important to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.

What would you like to have in your lunch box or do you have some other great lunch box ideas to share? Leave us with a comment below!

Make the planning easier by downloading our weekly meal planner printable.

All images by Lauren Kim Food Photography.

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  1. Great lunches for kids (and grown ups) It’s actually easier to prep than making sandwiches and a 100% healthier!

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