Yes, we’ve all heard of meal prep, but honestly, that’s just not what Sundays are for. If you don’t have the time to prepare meals, that doesn't mean you have to forgo healthy lunches altogether. We’ve put together a list of delicious and healthy lunch ideas for work which you can order straight to the office, so all your colleagues will be as green as the avocado in your sushi rolls.
Get your five-a-day as well as plenty of flavor with a cobb salad. This American classic typically includes bacon, chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, and cheese as well as a rich, red-wine vinaigrette. You get all the smugness of having a salad for lunch along with all the satisfaction of your favorite proteins.
Cottage cheese bagel
Filling, satisfying and with the option of health-conscious seeds, bagels are perfect for office lunchtimes. Cottage cheese is a great topping because it’s packed with protein and essential nutrients like calcium, but if it’s not your thing you can choose from many other options, from cream cheese to chicken to the millennial classic, smashed avocado.
The best thing about Buddha bowls is that they can contain pretty much anything you want. They follow the same principles of macro bowls, in that the idea is to fill it with a grain, veggies, a protein, and healthy fat—but the specifics are up to you. Quinoa is a popular base and it’s easy to make veggie-friendly options with avocados, cheeses, tofu and/or beans.
If you like your lunch bowls with a more Oceanic vibe, try a traditional Hawaiian poké bowl. This dish has proven to be hugely popular in the US and beyond, with a simple but tasty combination of sliced fish and toppings such as seaweed, cucumber, avocado, and other greens. You can top it off with your choice of sauce and seasonings.
Açaí bowls are a Brazilian invention based, unsurprisingly, around açaí fruit. The açaí is usually blended and then topped off with granola, banana, berries and any other fruit you fancy, and sprinkled with shavings of coconut for extra flavor. It makes a great light lunch or early morning meal, especially for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Mixed vegetable soup
If in doubt, go with soup. We’re not sure who said that, but we’d like it on a t-shirt. Vegetable soup makes it easier to get your five-a-day and you can pick whichever flavors you like. If you’re looking for a heavier protein punch, add in chicken, lentils or beans to bulk it up.
Grilled chicken pita
Fancy a sandwich but looking for something a little lighter? Pita makes a great alternative to classic sliced bread and leaves you feeling full and satisfied without that post-lunch slump. Grilled chicken is an easy, go-to healthy filling, especially when it’s paired with greens such as lettuce and avocados.
If you’re looking for healthy food that’s full of flavor, try chana masala. This classic Indian dish is made with chickpeas, onions and tomatoes and flavored with onion, garlic, chili, coriander seeds and ginger. It’s packed with protein and just a little spice to give you an energy boost that’ll get you through the afternoon at the office.
A lighter alternative to traditional pasta, these “noodles” are made from spiralized vegetables to make five-a-day feel like comfort eating. You can get it with whatever topping you like, but pesto makes a particularly good match for these fresh and tasty greens.
Achieving the rare status of both healthy food and comfort food, sushi is perfect for your work-week lunch. The nutrients you get will depend on your pick off the menu; you can take it to the next level by opting for brown rice over white and making sure to keep the sauces to a minimum. The classics, such as nigiri made with salmon or avocado rolls, are easy options.
From Indian food to Hawaiian dishes, there’s a whole world of healthy lunches for work to choose from. With Uber Eats, whichever one you pick, it’s win-win: you get your five-a-day, and nobody gets annoyed at you for microwaving broccoli in the office kitchen.