by Skinny Ms.
Looking for ways to eat clean all day long? These are 21 clean lunches that can be prepared in under 10 minutes and are great options for packing lunch for school or work. The best way to save time during the week is to prepare some versatile ingredients, like quinoa and chicken on the weekend to throw into recipes throughout the week. Our list will not only save you from making unhealthy choices during your busy day, it also lets you hold on to your hard-earned money by helping you to avoid expensive convenience meals.
Also, be sure to check out our list of Clean-Eating Snacks.
1. Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette
This salad is bursting with mangoes, blueberries, strawberries and mandarins. Adding quinoa gives it some protein and makes it filling but the tasty dressing is what really puts this salad over the top.
2. Spring Greens with Strawberries and Candied Pecans
Crunchy, sweet pecans and juicy berries make this salad special.
3. Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar
Cut back on carbs, calories, and dishes by making your taco salads in jars!
4. Mediterranean Tuna Salad
This mayo-less salad does not sacrifice on flavor and is filled with yummy ingredients like olives and sun dried tomatoes.
5. Slow Cooker Minestrone
Simply prepare the ingredients for this minestrone and let the slow cooker do the work for you. Prepare a big batch once a week, and you can have it for lunch for a few days! It also freezes well.
6. Skinny Burrito in a Jar
Make a bean burrito in a jar with layers of salsa, beans, cheese and sour cream. Shred any leftover chicken or lean beef into it for the extra protein if you would like!
7. Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Grilled Chicken
Protein-rich chickpeas and chicken will keep you full longer than a lettuce-filled salad ever could! The vinaigrette and the juicy tomatoes in this salad are pretty tasty too.
8. Pasta Salad with Pesto, Mozzarella, and Tomatoes
We love the rich, Italian flavors in this delicious pasta salad. Make the whole recipe and have it for lunch all week.
9. Spinach and Bean Burrito Wrap
With canned beans, leftover rice, and a simple spinach sauté, this burrito can come together pretty easily. Top it with a delicious salsa and look forward to lunch all morning.
10. Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad
Savory Chicken and sweet blueberries make this antioxidant-rich, protein-filled salad a healthful treat.
11. Clean Eating Chicken Salad
Greek yogurt keeps this clean eating version of classic chicken salad creamy and red grapes add a bit of sweet juiciness.
12. Spicy Chili with Fire- Roasted Tomatoes
Cook this in the slow cooker while you are busy with other things and take it to lunch all week. Chili freezes well too.
13. Clean-Eating Cobb Salad
There’s nothing like this classic salad with hard boiled eggs, chicken, vegetables and a creamy dressing to keep you feeling energized and focused all afternoon long.
14. Overstuffed Veggie Sandwich
This sandwich is filled to the max, and one bite will let you know that all that vegetable chopping and layering was well worth the effort.
15. Spring Salad in an Avocado
We love the idea as using half an avocado shell with the fruit inside and the pit taken out as a salad bowl. The shell works both as portion control and holds all of the good-for-you nutrients from the yummy avocados.
16. Vegetarian Panini with Roasted Peppers and Goat Cheese
A crisp panini with warm, creamy goat cheese and smoky sweet peppers is sometimes all you need to bite into to feel indulgent.
17. Asian Chicken Sandwich
Asian flavors keep this chicken sandwich from being anything but the same old boring sandwich! Using real chicken is especially great because then you avoid putting any processed deli meat slices on it.
18. Soba Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing
You’ll be surprised at how quick and easy this salad comes together and at how flavorful it is. The nice thing about soba noodles, aka buckwheat noodles, is they are actually gluten-free and a whole grain (they are not wheat).
19. Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
Sometimes a l’il comfort food in the middle of the day is nice. And this one is a healthful version! Put all of the ingredients in the slow cooker, and then have this mac n’cheese with a simple side salad for a delicious lunch. Our Classic Cucumber and Tomato Salad would go nicely with a small portion of this clean eating mac n’cheese.
20. Superfoods Smoothie
Lighten up lunch with a smoothie. This recipe contains plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is a great option for eating lunch on the go.
21. Thai Lettuce Cups
Have you been looking for a light, healthy, and tasty Thai dish that is quick and easy to make? Here is a yummy recipe that you can make in a flash!
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