7 Easy Premade Lunches Using the Highest Quality Ingredients, Nutritionist Says
Many people have far too many things to juggle in the middle of the day trying to whip up a balanced, wholesome, healthy meal from scratch satisfying lunch. Sure, it would be nice if people could chop, cook, and serve nutritious dishes as soon as the lunch break hits, but the reality is that most of us just don’t have the time or, in some cases, even the inclination. When you don’t have time in the middle of the day to make everything from scratch, lunch might seem like less of a priority, but the only way to keep your momentum going and stay productive is to keep your body well fueled throughout the day . That’s why stocking up on simple prepackaged lunches at the grocery store can sometimes be a lifesaver. With all the unhealthy options out there, you’re probably wondering which easy, prepackaged lunches don’t sacrifice quality ingredients for convenience.
As a nutritionist who works from home and tries to juggle everything — like meeting deadlines, doing household chores, and trying to have some semblance of a social life — I’m guilty of not making creating a priority homemade healthy lunches for myself. But instead of skipping my lunch or eating unsatisfying snacks to fill my stomach, I keep my kitchen stocked with some solutions made with quality ingredients and can be enjoyed in minutes or as quickly as possible, whichever I choose on any given day.
Here are 7 quality meals and pantry items that are on my grocery rotation that help me have a balanced and healthy meal in the middle of the day with very little effort. And for more healthy eating ideas to inspire you as you prepare your lunch, be sure to shop around too 21 easy lunch ideas with 3 ingredients or less.
Kevin’s Natural Foods Korean BBQ Style Chicken
A delicious, fully cooked Korean BBQ-style sous vide chicken ready in five minutes is a lifesaver on busy days. The kit includes a 4 oz. simmer sauce and 12 oz. made from sous vide meat, packed in a recyclable casing. Made from tender chicken breast strips in a sweet and spicy bulgogi sauce made from coconut aminos, garlic and roasted sesame seeds, this chicken is ready to be used in a range of dishes in minutes. The pre-cooked chicken is made with clean ingredients with no refined sugars and is gluten and soy free. In addition, the meat is raised without hormones or antibiotics and contains no artificial preservatives. Add to tortillas for a quick taco, serve on top of salad, or enjoy with microwaveable rice and veggies.
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Applegate Naturals® Charcuterie Plate Genoa Salami & Cheddar
This sausage platter is an easy grab-and-go option that requires absolutely zero thought. This plate of uncured Genoa salami, cheddar cheese, toasted and salted almonds, and dark chocolate chips is an easy prepackaged lunch to enjoy during a busy day at work. I pair this with a handful of fresh berries and some veggie sticks with a light dip for a balanced meal when I’m in the mood for a snack rather than a heavy meal. The meat never contains antibiotics and non-GMO ingredients, has been humanely raised in Applegate and everything in it is gluten free.
Eggland’s Best Cage Free Frozen Egg Bites
Those frozen egg bites are a microwavable solution to get quality protein on my plate in a short amount of time. Made with Eggland’s Best eggs, which contain 6 times more vitamin D, 25% less saturated fat and 10 times more vitamin E than regular eggs, these morsels can be microwaved as a delicious and filling addition to a balanced meal. I pair these Bacon & Three Cheese Frozen Egg Bites with a packaged salad and a piece of fruit for a healthy lunch that helps keep my energy up throughout the day. You can find these egg bites in your grocer’s freezer!
Milton’s Craft Bakers Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Sometimes the craving for pizza just won’t let up in the middle of the day. But instead of ordering a pizza delivery, which can be expensive and not the most nutritious choice, have Milton’s Craft Bakers Cauliflower Crust Pizza On hand, I can get my pizza fix—but with an added boost of cauliflower and fiber. The crust is certified gluten-free and the ingredients — like real milk cheese and tomato sauce — are awesome high quality frozen pizza option that is perfectly crunchy and flavorful.
Tattooed Chef Organic Acai Bowl
For a light meal this frozen premade acai bowl topped with Tattooed Chef nut butters and chia seeds results in a nutrient-dense lunch made with quality ingredients like organic fruit. This acai bowl also comes with small packets of granola and coconut chips.
Avocado Salad by Taylor Farms Everything
While it’s true that making a salad isn’t very time-consuming or difficult, it makes eating a salad that much easier when you have one already made and ready to eat. Avocado Salad by Taylor Farms Everything is packed with quality ingredients like lettuce, hard boiled egg, cheese, all the spices and an avocado dressing. I pair this salad with a bowl of soup for a satisfying and easy meal.
Pacific Foods Organic Plant-based Harvest Black Bean Chili
It doesn’t get any easier than opening a can this chili and microwave for a crunchy meal with a whopping 9 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber per cup.
ZenB Pasta Agile Bowl
Think of this as an elevated microwavable mug of mac and cheese. ZenB Pasta Agile bowls are made with yellow pea pasta and tons of quality ingredients to create a variety of pasta dishes that are ready in three minutes. With 14 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber and high-quality processing oil, this plant-based pasta cup is surprisingly filling and totally delicious. With a side salad and fresh fruit for dessert, this microwaveable pasta bowl is always on my quick meal rotation.
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