It's time to redeem the midday meal: No more bland sandwiches, soggy salads, or boring soups here. These lunches are exciting, satisfying, and portable. Our definitive guide to a healthy lunch on the go—complete with nutrition-boosting tips, make-ahead strategies, and tasty pack-and-go recipes, will have you rethinking your lunch break. Hearty greens and colorful, textured toppers make salads fun and filling. Packable and near-instant sandwiches and toasts go beyond the usual PB&J. Layered soups and fresh combinations are the no-fuss comfort foods you need at noon.
Roasted Red Pepper Spread Sandwiches
If you like pimiento cheese, you’ll enjoy this recipe. Keep the sandwiches well chilled so that the cream cheese spread will remain firm. Sturdy, whole-grain bread works best. This spread has a similar flavor and texture to classic Southern pimiento cheese, but with far less fat and salt. Add some baked chips, cut-up vegetables, or a small salad for a nice lunch, or try the spread on crackers as an hors d'oeuvre at your next party.
Nutrition Tip: Remember to eat regularly throughout the day, never going more than 4 to 5 hours without eating. Waiting too long between meals can turn normal hunger pangs into an out-of-control craving. It’s hard to make a good choice when you’re starving. Keep healthful options—almonds, string cheese, fat-free milk, and sandwiches like this veggie-cheese delight—on hand to keep hunger in check.