My 5 Favourite Healthy Lunchtime Ideas | #ThisGirlEats

I don’t know about you, but I always find lunch the hardest meal to plan.

It’s especially difficult to think of something that is good for you, keeps you full all afternoon, can be taken in as part of a packed lunch AND doesn’t take too much faff to make the night before.

I really struggle to come up with new ideas to stop things getting boring, and surely I can’t be alone! If you find yourself getting stuck for lunchtime inspiration, check out the list below of five of my favourite healthy lunch ideas.

If you’ve got any ideas for me to try, let me know in the comments!

Lentil and veggie pasta

Cook down some red lentils and chopped tomatoes along with vegetables of your choice (mine are always onion and mushroom, everrrry time) and season, then serve with some pasta. It tastes delicious hot or cold so makes great leftovers, and the lentils make a thick sauce so it won’t go runny or watery overnight.


Avocado, tomato and hummus sandwiches

Smoky, creamy grilled avocado, thick slices of juicy tomato and red pepper hummus is a totally different and super healthy way to jazz up your sandwiches!

Burrito bowls

Burrito bowls are an absolute fave of mine. You can mix and match the filling to suit your taste (or whatever you’ve got to hand!). I usually opt for brown rice, peppers and onions, sweetcorn, mixed beans, salad, avocado, cheese and sour cream, it’s yummy all thrown together in a bowl but, of course, you could always wrap it up into a traditional burrito.


Sweet chilli wraps

Sweet chilli is a brilliant flavour to use for packed lunches as it won’t lose its kick. Also, I often make my wraps with mixed vegetables and they can go a little limp overnight so the punchy sweet chilli sauce helps to hide that.

Vegetable soup

The only one on this list you have to heat up, vegetable soup is a really tasty, nutritious option if you’ve got a microwave to nuke it in for a minute or two. Check out my recipe for a really cheap, incredibly scrumptious frozen vegetable soup!



SERIES: My Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle #10 | #ThisGirlEats

3:30PM: You know sometimes you just really fancy something? Like pizza (always) or Channing Tatum (never – like, I just don’t get it). Well today I got a real craving for Nando’s. I’m not obsessed with the Peri-Peri chicken chain or anything, but sometimes there’s a kind of hunger that only a chicken wrap can solve – and yes, I’m a lemon and herb. Fight me.

4:15PM: I’ve convinced the work lot to come to Nando’s with me for lunch. Win.


🍗 Green tea

Pre-work brunch
🍗 Cheese, onion and mushroom omelette

🍗 Nando’s chicken wrap with avocado and halloumi, with Peri-salted chips
🍗 Diet Coke

🍗 Cup of tea

RECIPE: Bacon, Pepper and Avocado Salad | #ThisGirlEats

Serves: 2
How much does it cost? This cost me less than £1 per person
What are the benefits? This recipe is low in carbs, low in sugar and mounts up to 2 portions of your 5 a day

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never really been a big salad person. I suppose it really depends on what else you put in with it, because I can’t imagine anyone loving just a few limp lettuce leaves!


So I’ve created one that’s brilliant for me and works with the things I love to eat, as well as still being quite healthy – who knows, it could be perfect for you too!

It’s a great low-carb lunch option, if that’s what you’re after. Not to mention, it also contributes to your five a day, and avocado is full of healthy fats to help keep you full all day long. 

4 Slices of Back Bacon, Chopped
1 Avocado, Peeled, Stone Removed and Chopped
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, Sliced 
Half a Bag of Pre-Prepared Salad

There wasn’t too much seasoning involved in this one, just some black pepper and garlic added to the frying pan last-minute. You don’t even need salt as the bacon does that for you, but you could add some salad dressing for extra flavour if you wish.

So, this is how I did it…

1. Firstly, spray a frying pan with cooking spray or a small drop of oil and allowed it to heat up before chucking in the chopped bacon and cooking for roughly 10 minutes, until the bacon is all lovely and crispy.

2. Add the peppers to the pan after about 5 minutes of cooking the bacon, just enough so they aren’t raw but still have a crunch, and cook for about 5 minutes.

3. The chunks of avocado go into the pan for the last minute or so of cooking – this is optional, but I prefer my avocado to be warm here, so I cooked it for just enough time to simply warm it through. At this point, also add some black pepper and dried garlic to the pan for flavour.

4. Take the ingredients from the pan and add to a bowl of salad, stir it all through and you’re done!

Tips & Tricks

  • You know what else would go great with this? Halloumi, of course. It’s great with everything, and could turn this into a veggie-friendly salad.


  • If you’re feeling adventurous, you don’t have to buy a pre-packaged salad – that’s just laziness on my part! Make your own up and create the absolutely perfect dish for you.


  • It makes a great lunch, but you could also shrink this down to a small side salad or bulk it up for a full dinner meal. The choice is yours!