Quick and Easy Grocery List for Healthy Lunches

Give lunch a makeover with these tasty foods.

“What’s for lunch?” If you answered “fast food” or “whatever I can grab out of a box”, then it’s time to reimagine that lunchtime menu. Check out our quick and easy grocery list for healthy lunches.

Many of us are in the habit of planning for dinner, but when it comes to planning healthy lunch ideas, we sometimes fall short. After all, it comes in the middle of the day when you’re likely in the middle of a hectic schedule. Who has time to make lunches that taste good and nourish the body?

You do. We’re sharing this grocery list for healthy lunches to make it easy for you to assemble nutritious meals that nourish the body and satisfy the appetite. The clean eating foods below give you the ingredients you need to assemble DIY sandwich, wrap, or salad recipes. We’ve also included additional links for recipes you might like to try.

Looking for more healthy lunch ideas? Discover delicious dishes in these links, and then add the ones you like to the quick grocery list below.

21 Clean Lunches That Can Be Made in Under 10 Minutes
5-Day Clean-Eating Lunch Menu
DIY Skinny Salad-in-a-Jar

Breads & Grains

Whole grain tortillas
Whole grain or whole wheat sandwich bread
Quinoa (Cooked quinoa is a protein-filled addition to salads and wraps. Also, recipes like Skinny Quinoa Stir-Fry make yummy leftover lunches.)


Lettuce and/or spinach (Use these greens in salads, on sandwiches, or in wraps. Spinach can also be used to make healthy smoothie recipes like Superfood Smoothies.)
Salad toppings (Find healthy salad topping ideas here.)
Avocado (Add this heart-healthy fruit to salads, like Spring Salad in an Avocado, or use it in sandwiches or wraps.)
Fresh Fruit (Enjoy fresh fruit as a side or incorporate it into healthy lunch ideas, like Skinny Fruit & Yogurt Salad)
Fresh vegetables (Lunchtime is the right time to nosh on a fresh veggie side or to add them to sandwiches or salads.)

Low-Fat Dairy

Feta cheese, reduced fat (Use it DIY salads or in recipes like Spring Mix with Roasted Pears and Feta.)
Mozzarella cheese sticks, reduced fat (Snack on cheese as a side or roll it inside two or three slices of a healthy deli meat for a DIY roll-up.)
Greek yogurt (This protein-packed addition is a healthy replacement for mayo. Try it in recipes like Clean-Eating Chicken Salad.)

Meat & Fish

Deli turkey or chicken, nitrate-free & low-sodium (We like Boar’s Head brand.)
Chicken breast (Prepare an extra breast when you’re making dinner, and then use it the next day in DIY lunch sandwiches or salads.)


Ketchup, no sugar added, or make a batch of Healthy Homemade Ketchup
-Ranch dip 
(Try our healthy Skinny Ms. Ranch Dip)

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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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