Greg DuPree

We’re talking about a minimum of 25g of protein here.

Arielle Weg
May 07, 2018

Packing an exciting, healthy, and filling lunch is always a harder task than expected. You want something to look forward to during the day, but it needs to keep you full and energized until dinner. That’s where protein comes into play.

The macronutrient helps rebuild damaged cells and make new ones. It’s essential in maintaining your metabolism, energy levels, and immunity. Though most people get way more protein than necessary, it’s recommended to aim for about 0.8g of protein per kilogram of body weight per day, but this varies based on your activity levels.

We know protein is important to your diet. So, here are our tastiest packable lunches that bring more than 25g of protein per serving to the table.

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Give classic chicken salad a protein push with Greek yogurt. Clocking in at 31g of protein per sandwich, you’ll stay full way past 3 p.m.

View the recipe: Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad

With a whopping 40g of protein, this simple salad is everything you need come lunchtime. Toss chicken and lemons on your grill pan (or outdoor grill) while making dinner, and pack it for tomorrow’s lunch.

View the recipe: Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Waffle Iron Turkey Melt Panini

The trio of crispy bacon, creamy cheese, and delectable turkey slices help this sandwich pack in 33g of protein.

View the recipe: Waffle Iron Turkey Melt Panini

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Veggie Wraps

You’re not imagining it. This totally vegetarian sandwich contains protein-packed veggies, goat cheese, and hummus for 28g of powerful protein.

View the recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Veggie Wraps

Photo: Caitlin Bensel

15-Minute Chicken Shawarma Bowls

Prep these bowls for an entire week of filling lunches. This bowl has 36g of filling protein from chicken, Greek yogurt, chickpeas, and so much more.

View the recipe: 15-Minute Chicken Shawarma Bowls

Photo: Colin Price

Tuna-Quinoa Toss

This superfast lunch can be tossed together during your morning routine. A quick dressing coats a blend of quinoa, tuna, feta cheese, and chickpeas for 27g of protein.

View the recipe: Tuna-Quinoa Toss

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Greek Slaw and Chicken Pitas

What could be easier than a 15-minute stuffed pita? Honestly not much. And for 32g of protein, this is a lunchtime masterpiece.

View the recipe: Greek Slaw and Chicken Pitas

Photo: Colin Price

Roasted Salmon with Kale-Quinoa Salad

Crisp kale, flaky salmon, and juicy grapes come together for the perfect lunchtime salad — and add 43g of protein to your day

View the recipe: Roasted Salmon with Kale-Quinoa Salad

Jennifer Causey

Chicken with Broccolini and Farro-Beet Salad

Last night’s leftover chicken becomes today’s high-protein lunch. Pair with farro, broccolini, beets, and fresh herbs for a delicious bite with 43g of protein.

View the recipe: Chicken with Broccolini and Farro-Beet Salad

Photo: Colin Price

Winter Salad with Easy Herbed Pork Tenderloin

The combination of kale and spinach makes for a hearty base to creamy feta, bright grapes, and juicy pork. Just six ingredients and you’ll have a power lunch with 29g of protein in it.

View the recipe: Winter Salad with Easy Herbed Pork Tenderloin

Caitlin Bensel

Mediterranean Chicken and Couscous Bowls

We choose to combine chicken, feta, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber, but switch up the veggies and protein for a different delicious take. This boasts 35g of protein in one bowl.

View the recipe: Mediterranean Chicken and Couscous Bowls

Greg DuPree

Salmon with Kale, Walnut, and White Bean Salad

Creamy cannellini beans pair perfectly with flaky salmon, crisp kale leaves, and a pungent mustard dressing. In just 15 minutes you’ll have a packable lunch with 43g of scrumptious protein.

View the recipe: Salmon with Kale, Walnut, and White Bean Salad

Greg DuPree

Chickpea Spinach Salad

High-protein spinach, chickpeas, chicken, and walnuts come together to bring you a meal boasting 37g of filling protein. Drizzle on the Green Goddess Avocado Sauce for an herb-packed creamy dressing.

View the recipe: Chickpea Spinach Salad

Caitlin Bensel

Shrimp and Leek Spaghetti

Frozen peas and peeled shrimp make this meal a quick-fix. The sauce comes together easily for an oniony, creamy, and bright lemon flavor combining to bring you 28g of protein.

View the recipe: Shrimp and Leek Spaghetti

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Chicken Salad Lunch Box

Our signature Lemon-Thyme Chicken Salad is super versatile. Spoon it over Bibb lettuce leaves and add celery, Peppadew peppers, goat cheese, and fresh cantaloupe for 38g of protein in your lunchtime fix.

View the recipe: Chicken Salad Lunch Box