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!



RECIPE: Chicken Salad Wraps With Smashed Avocado | #ThisGirlEats

Serves: 2
How much does it cost? This recipe cost me less than £1 per person.
What are the benefits? These wraps provide at least one of your five a day, as well as being high in fibre and vitamins from the avocado.

Guacamole is a b-e-a-utiful thing, but it can be tricky to create an absolutely perfect version of the quintessential Mexican dip. However, no fear; there is a shortcut – smashed avocado. It’s creamier than just chunks of avocado but not as much effort as full-on guac, which is the perfect middle ground for me. 🥑

This wrap is a great packed lunch idea because it’s so quick and easy to put together with only a few ingredients. If you wanted to make it more adventurous you could always adapt; add some sauce, onions and peppers, perhaps some bacon… I’ve kept things simple here, but that doesn’t mean you have to!

If you’re after feel-good food, look no further. Avocado is bursting with “good” fats and, along with the salad, this little wrap packs in a hell of a lot of healthy greens! Chicken provides the lean protein, and will leave you feeling full without being bloated on fatty, greasy meat.  Perfect!


1 Chicken Breast
1/2 Bag of Prepared Mixed Salad
1/2 Avocado 
4 Cherry Tomatoes, Quartered
2 Tortilla Wraps

For the chicken, simply season with a touch of dried garlic, salt, pepper and a little olive oil. If possible, the smashed avocado could do with a dash of lime juice, coriander and chilli flakes to give it more of a “guacamole” taste, but if you can’t get your hands on them it’s not the end of the world – a sprinkle of salt and pepper will do.

So, this is how I did it…

1. Season the chicken and pop in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes (depending on size) on 200°C.

2. Remove the avocado half from its skin and, along with the chopped cherry tomatoes in a bowl, smush together with a fork until you’ve created a chunky paste.

3. Grab some tortilla wraps and lay out the mixed salad. Remove the chicken from the oven, slice, and arrange on top of the salad leaves. Spread a dollop of smashed avocado alongside.

4. Wrap and enjoy there and then, or pack for lunch the next day! 🌯