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Good news, lunch lovers: May 25th marks National Brown Bag-It Day, a throwback to the good old days of home-packed lunches. It’s all about finding inventive ways to save yourself time and money while packing a meal that’s also enjoyable and healthy. Check out some of our favorite fast meals for a lunch that you’ll be thinking about all day (and won’t regret eating later).
Sandwiches & Wraps
For those who have timed their morning routine down to the minute, fitting this 4-ingredient avocado chicken sandwich into your life is easy AND delicious.
Layers of hummus and fresh veggies turn a plain wrap into a flavorful lunchtime experience.
For a fresh burst of seasonal flavor, this strawberry, balsamic, chicken and goat cheese wrap is like a conveniently-packed salad.
A few minutes in the microwave yields fluffy egg whites, aka the star of this protein-packed bagel sandwich.
Everyone’s familiar with the caprese salad, but juicy blueberries add an unexpected (and very, very tasty) touch.
A store-bought rotisserie chicken (or your leftovers) mean that this Asian-inspired salad only takes minutes to pull together.
Skip the rolls and eat your sushi in a bowl! Brown rice, tuna and veggies make it the perfect healthy choice.
Kale, lime juice, cabbage, nectarines…good luck saving any leftovers of this chopped salad!
Snacks & Sides
The best part about this yogurt parfait is the potential for customization. Just layer, pack it and go.
Throw it back to the original days of bagged lunches with peanut butter and jelly vegan energy bars.
Pita chips? Veggies? A spoon? Let your food processor whip up the basil pesto hummus, and you focus on picking things to dip in it.
Feel free to snack mindlessly on these chili lime almonds, since they’ll give you a great protein boost.
Finally, you’ve got to remember to treat yourself. But when you’re snacking on chocolate chip oatmeal cookies baked with whole wheat flour, who needs to feel guilty?
Have any other go-to recipes that make lunchtime healthy and enjoyable? Let us know in the comments!