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20 Ways to Pack Some Protein Into Your Lunchbox

20 Ways to Pack Protein Into Your Lunch

20 Ways to Pack Protein Into Your Lunch
When I was in college, it wasn’t uncommon for me to grab a granola bar or a bag of chips from a vending machine and call it lunch. Being older and wiser, I now know: a granola bar is not lunch! But when you’re in a rush, don’t have access to a microwave, or don’t have the money to buy a decent restaurant meal, your options are a little bit limited.

These 20 recipes are all lunchbox-friendly salads, sandwiches and wraps–meaning you can bring them to work or school and eat straight out of your lunchbox, without needing to reheat anything. And because lunch should keep you full and satisfied until dinner, every recipe in this slideshow has at least 10 grams of protein too. Good-bye granola bars, hello satisfying lunch!

Cucumber Chickpea Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing

Cucumber Chickpea Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing

This easy chickpea salad is delicious on its own, but it's also great for stuffing into pitas, lettuce leaves or wraps.

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The Ultimate Tempeh Sandwich

The Ultimate Tempeh Sandwich

Fork and Beans adds protein to a veggie sandwich with homemade tempeh bacon.

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Thai Tofu and Noodle Salad

Thai Tofu and Noodle Salad

To keep the veggies crisp, pack the dressing in a small container and add it just before eating.

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Creamy Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad

Creamy Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad

This is not your mother's egg salad! Running to the Kitchen replaces mayo with Greek yogurt and adds sriracha for a spicy kick.

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Grilled Veggie Banh Mi Sandwiches

Grilled Veggie Banh Mi Sandwiches

Who needs takeout or food trucks when you can bring your own banh mi to work?

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French Bean Salad

French Bean Salad

Well Plated shares a vegetarian take on the classic Niçoise salad.

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Chopped Power Salad with Baked Tofu and Almond-Miso Dressing

Chopped Power Salad with Baked Tofu and Almond-Miso Dressing

This is one of my favorite salads--not only is it lunchbox-friendly, but it will last in the fridge for a few days!

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Brown Rice Bowl with Five-Spice Tempeh

Brown Rice Bowl with Five-Spice Tempeh

Bowls are a big thing right now and many of them are great for work lunches. We love this one from Avocado a Day!

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Butternut Squash, Lentil & Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

Butternut Squash, Lentil & Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

Roasted butternut squash adds a little bit of sweetness to this healthy kale salad.

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Chipotle Hummus Wraps

Chipotle Hummus Wraps

With smoky, spicy hummus and quinoa, these lunch wraps from The Muffin Myth are sure to liven up your lunch.

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Rainbow Salad in a Jar with Avocado Hummus

Rainbow Salad in a Jar with Avocado Hummus

Salad in a jar, AKA the perfect portable lunch. Just bring a fork and dig in!

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Herbed French Lentil Salad

Herbed French Lentil Salad

Lentils, veggies and herbs tossed in a light vinaigrette--so easy and so delicious!

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Fiery Fruit & Quinoa Salad

Fiery Fruit & Quinoa Salad

Don't have time to grill the fruit? Fresh fruit--whatever is in season--will work too.

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Tomato & Mozzarella Panini

Tomato & Mozzarella Panini

This tomato and mozzarella panini can be served hot or cold. You have options!

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Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas and Avocados

Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas and Avocados

With quinoa and chickpeas, you'll get a double dose of protein from this salad from Cafe Johnsonia.

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Peanutty Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu

Peanutty Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu

Baked tofu is an easy way to add protein to just about any salad or sandwich.

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Smashed Chickpea, Avocado & Pesto Salad Sandwiches

Smashed Chickpea, Avocado & Pesto Salad Sandwiches

Using whole grain bread is a great way to add more protein to your lunch, like in this recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.

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The Ultimate Vegan Taco Salad

The Ultimate Vegan Taco Salad

Whole grains, like farro, are a fantastic--and often over-looked--source of protein.

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Vegan Cobb Salad

Vegan Cobb Salad

If you want a lunch that's absolutely packed with protein, this salad from Delish Knowledge is for you--it has 30 grams!

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Mediterranean Kidney Bean Salad

Mediterranean Kidney Bean Salad

Sometimes you just can't beat a simple bean salad.

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4 Comments

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    Taylor @ The Girls on Bloor
    March 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Love all the colours of these salads and lunch bowls!

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    Anna
    March 18, 2015 at 8:35 am

    loove these ideas 🙂

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    marie
    March 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

    is there some site maintenance going on? it looks like the css isn’t loading….

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    Jessica Solsona
    April 27, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    You Guys ROCK!!!!

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