With late August creeping up, it’s time to get serious! Serious about our Paleo lunches, that is.
I’m talking about that time of year that we have to be more strategic about food, especially if you want to continue to eat healthy Paleo meals that work well on-the-go.
I’m the first to whine about the planning aspect, believe me! Lunch can feel like a chore – I know that feeling well. It’s typically not our favorite meal of the day, since it’s often rushed, and you might also feel limited with what you can eat if you’ll be out of the house. With just a little bit of planning though (we can do this!) Paleo lunches can be delicious, filling, healthy, and easy to prepare.
Whether you’re packing your lunch for work, school, or simply because you’ll be out of the house all day these 20 Packable On-the-Go Paleo Lunches will have your needs covered. Many are Whole30 friendly in addition to Paleo or easy to adapt to be Whole30 compliant.
*Just a note – many of these are “leftovers” lunches, meaning you make it ahead of time (or for dinner the night before) and then pack lunch portions as you need during the week.
But first, what to pack your lunch in? (Click Pictures for Info)
Okay, let’s get started!
20 Packable On-the-Go Paleo Lunches
Paleo Chicken Salad with Bacon & Scallions via Paleo Running Momma
Paleo Egg Roll in a Bowl via Jay’s Baking Me Crazy
Cajun Cauliflower Casserole via Food Faith Fitness
Real Food Bento Lunch Ideas via Raising Generation Nourished
Chinese Sesame Chicken via I Heart Umami
Sausage Pizza Egg Muffins via Paleo Running Momma
Rainbow Thai Chopped Salad via Get Inspired Everyday
Turkey Cucumber Rollups via Plaid & Paleo
Cauliflower Pizza Bites via Wicked Spatula
Easy Spaghetti Squash Salad via A Whole New Mom
Chicken Zoodle Soup via Raising Generation Nourished
Avocado Tuna Salad via Cook Eat Paleo
Clean Eating Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken via My Natural Family
Paleo Turkey Meatballs via Fashionable Foods
Chorizo Sausage Sweet Potato Chili via Paleo Running Momma
Curry Chicken Salad via The Real Food Dietitians
Paleo Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets via A Girl Worth Saving
Salads in a Jar via Eat Drink Paleo
Macadamia Nut Chicken Tenders with Peach Mustard Sauce via Plaid & Paleo
Easy Pan Fried Low Fodmap Paleo Meatballs via Paleo Running Momma
What’s your favorite go-to Paleo packable lunch?
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Reader Reviews & Comments
Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine says
These are some great ideas! My lunches have gotten so boring lately- salads and leftovers. The leftovers aren’t so bad, but in general my meals have gotten way too repetitive. I need to try some new recipes I think!
I really need to break out of my rut too. Planning is key, which you are good at!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious says
Egg muffins are one of my favorite grab n go foods! I’m loving some many of these.
They can’t be beat for the morning rush!
After making egg muffins, how long can you store them?
In the refrigerator up to 4 days, I’ve never frozen them, hope that helps!
These all look so great! I’m always looking for new ideas to pack since I usually bring my lunch to work every day. Thanks for all the ideas!
Hope you find a few that work!
Wow, all of these look really delicious.
I’d love to try all!
Amanda @ .running with spoons. says
I seriously think my favourite thing about working from home has to be the fact that I don’t have to pack a lunch anymore 😆 I’ve never really been a big fan of lunch in general, so trying to figure out what to take with me was always a struggle that usually ended with an unimaginative ABJ sandwich…
Lunches are hard! Packing for 3 kids who can’t bring nuts to school makes my head spin!
Jessica Beacom @ The Real Food Dietitians says
These all look sooooooo delicious – it almost makes me wish there were 20 days in the week. Almost!!
Haha I know! I want to make every single one 🙂
Lindsey @livinglovingrunner says
I love making romaine lettuce wraps with leftover turkey or chicken, avocado, tomato, and cucumber 🙂 I also LOVE just eating roasted vegetables…with a side of protein 🙂
Roasted veggies are definitely good enough to snack on, seriously addicting!
Thank you so much for all of your wonderful posts! My husband recently started the AIP diet and your website has been a lifesaver.
That’s awesome to hear! Are there any recipes you’d particularly like to see?
lindsay Cotter says
will you come plan my meals? love this! all those look amazing. Great strategy and way to tackle!
I need to gear up with the kids back in school next week! And I need some of your yummy gf snacks to tackle after school craziness 🙂
I made the turkey meatballs, egg roll in a bowl and the sun dried tomato chicken. ALL were very good. However, for as delicious as the chicken was, I would not recommend it as a to go food. Delicious, but potentially messy. Can’t see eating it at your desk. Otherwise great tasting recipes.
Sannie Hosenfeld says
After I was told I had Hashimoto’s, the clinician suggested I go paleo to try and bring it into remission since I’m not a fan of the medications. I’ve been pretty hesitant to try paleo – too expensive, one paleo coworker lived almost entirely off bacon and eggs (and I can’t eat eggs), the frozen paleo lunches are super expensive compared to what I normally pack for lunch, and the few recipes I’d seen posted on Facebook were pretty unimaginative. I’d seriously envisioned a life of beef jerky and celery sticks XD
Gotta say, your website and recipes are a total GAME CHANGER!! They’re bright, they’re colorful, they’re varied, and they’re not eggs in every single meal and I can easily omit them from the ones that are. :3 These are great! And these lunches may save me from my dismal GF peanut butter sammich routine. <3 I so can't wait to start cooking these for my lunches and dinners with my fiance :3
So happy to hear that! Hope you try a few and enjoy 🙂
Loved your ideas and will try them.
Have a question first.
I work at a 9-10 hour shift job.
Would like to eat healthy and pack multiple lunch boxes if necessary.
How long will there recipes last in a air conditioned office IT office.
How to plan a lunch box, that isn’t going to spoil, which you might eat say 9-10 hours after packing it?
This has been a sticking point in my healthy journey, awaiting your help.
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Love your recipes and ideas. Do you have any suggestions for packaged lunches that does not require heating or utensils? My husband usually eats while driving between jobs. He’s a road mechanic so there is no place to heat food and eating with utensils is not possible. He normally works 10-12 hour days so filling meals or lots of snacks is a must. Thanks!
Good great article.
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