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40 healthy lunch ideas to combat your midday slump

by UNN Feed

Quick — what are you having for lunch today? If you thought, “I have no idea,” I totally relate. Even though I understand the importance of fueling myself in the middle of the day, lunchtime always seems to fall prey to deadlines and last-minute errands.

But if you skip lunch, you’ll be scrambling for snacks later on and the hunger that builds in the afternoon can lead you to reach for sugary snacks in the late afternoon.

Instead, try one of these 40 delicious and healthy lunch ideas.

High in protein lunch ideas

Lots of us are trying to hit our protein goals. The key is getting some at each meal. Lunch is a fabulous opportunity to knock out 10 grams or more. 

Rotisserie chicken sandwich

We love using up every bit of a rotisserie chicken. And a sandwich is the perfect vehicle. Toast two slices of bread, layer them with mayo or mustard (or a combo), add 3 ounces of sliced chicken, plus some romaine lettuce and tomato slices and you have a first-class sammie with 23 grams of the good stuff. 

Cucumber cottage cheese toast

Grandma’s cottage cheese has gotten a major glow-up. These days folks are using the high-protein dairy product in so many fabulous ways, including this cucumber cottage cheese toast from Melissa Ben-Ishay. We love that we’re getting 14 plus grams of protein in such a refreshing way. 

Best egg salad

Best Egg Salad

Becca Jacobs

Every time I have a really good egg salad sandwich, it feels like a revelation. And this classic best egg salad recipe delivers on that promise. It has just the right amount of acidic dill pickle to balance out the richness of the eggs. And it offers up more than 10 grams of satisfying protein, plus lots of other important nutrients to boot. 


A tartine is a fancy French word for an open-faced sandwich, and my favorite new tartine topping is sardines. Before you wrinkle up that nose, let me tell you why the diminutive fish is fab. It’s sustainable, and affordable and packs 20 grams of protein into one can. I like them on a…

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