I know how it goes – for me, at least. You get up in the morning and you’re raring to go. It’s a new day and you’ve GOT THIS. You’ve had breakfast or a fat-fueled coffee and you’ve had a productive morning. If you work away from home, you probably packed your lunch with some awesome easy Keto lunch ideas. Well, that’s great. Hopefully, you were able to stick to the goals you have for yourself.
But, if you work at home like I do, you may get to lunchtime with a growly tummy and a bit unprepared because you had such GREAT focus and forgot to get something prepared! Hey, that’s okay! We’ve got you covered with these easy keto lunch ideas.
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Easy Keto Lunch Ideas – How to Boost Your Fat Fire
You’ve heard it a million times, I’ll bet. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
I call BS on that.
The most important meal of the day is THE NEXT MEAL OF THE DAY.
Or maybe that’s just me.
Yeah, breakfast is important but if you want to keep your fat-burning fire cranking, you need to keep feeding it.
So, lunch. You want to keep feeding your fire and you don’t want to wait too long in between meals. If you become ravenously hungry your ability to make good choices will plummet exponentially. So, like I keep preaching, be prepared. Plan ahead and be prepped my little food prepper.
I’ve come up with some ideas that are quick – some are quick to make ahead that will keep well and some that can be assembled quickly. You don’t want to be reaching for that pack of crackers because you’re hungry enough to chew the leg off your kitchen table. Come to think of it, I wonder how many carbs are in wood? Let me note that for later research. A-hem.
How to Choose Which Meals to Make From Your Easy Keto Lunch Ideas
I can’t tell you how YOU should choose but I can tell you how *I* choose.
Those are my only requirements. That’s it.
You’d think I’d want something more elaborate with being at home and all.
Nope. I’m usually just really hitting my stride about the time I feel like I want to start thinking about lunch.
There are a few considerations when you are choosing your meals, though, if you leave home to work.
- Access to a refrigerator
- Access to a microwave or stove
Truly, though, these days you can even work around those by using a lunchbox that has a cold pack or a thermos (I know – old school! But the newer ones are something special) and even small lunch slow cookers to warm up a bowl of soup or even leftovers.
Do Weekend Prep for Your Weekday Lunch – Whether You Work at Home or Away From Home
The easiest way to get rid of lunch-making stress is to do your planning the day before you go back to work. Sit down and make your list of what you already have in the fridge and plan to use them up early in the week. Nobody wants to be making lunch every night before bed. And if you forget you may be in the drive-thru getting a Big Mac. Don’t do that to yourself.
Make a list of how to fill out your lunch meals for the rest of the week.
Get out your containers so you have them ready to fill. Don’t forget small ones (like 2 oz ones) for dressing.
Love salads and have a way to keep them cold? You can build them in mason jars and just shake the dickens out of them when you’re ready to eat. Speaking of salads, your prep day includes all the chopping and cutting. And chop your veggies, too. You can dip them into some dressing and call them crudites. Here are some awesome divided containers if you have a separate cold pack for your lunch box.
Love avocado? Think twice about using it while you’re prepping. You don’t want to get to Day 5 and find a brown gross lump. You can always add it the day you’re taking it to work.
If chicken’s not your jam, go ahead and cook something else – the point is to prep your protein ahead. If you’re going to use bacon, get that cooked ahead of time, too.
Easy meal: put low carb tortillas in a baggie and burrito fixings or lunchmeat fixings for a wrap (or even taco fixings to warm up) in your container.
Looking for some breakfast ideas? Check out my 7 Easy Keto Breakfasts That Make You Want to Get Out of Bed!
Easy Keto Lunch Ideas -Real Recipes
This Low-Carb Marinated Cauliflower Antipasto Salad from Kalyn at Kalyns Kitchen is great for dinner and keeps for several days. Make it on your weekend and be sure there is not for leftovers. It only gets better as it stays in the dressing.
I’ve followed Kalyn for years – I mean YEARS. She has never steered me wrong!
This Big Mac Cheeseburger Salad from Maya ay Wholesome Yum (I never fail to open her emails!) is a really quick fix. Plus, it has pickles in it so you’ll be getting some of your electrolytes in too. Hang on to that pickle juice to either drink straight or add a nice tang to a homemade dressing.
If you love that wonderful mozzarella, basil, and tomato salad then you’ll go nuts for this! This Caprese Chicken Salad from Kimber at The Pinning Mama on the little lettuce leaf boats looks so yummy! Chicken salad is so versatile – you can add fruit or vegetables and even add it on top of a bed of lettuce. This one would be great on a Keto Bread sandwich too. Remember that chicken breast I mentioned above? Here’s a great way to use some of it!
I’m a coastal girl from Delmarva so seeing shrimp makes me so homesick! We used to go to Ray’s Shanty in Chincoteague VA and get shrimp with the heads still on – all you could eat and cheap because living on the coast has its advantages – and they were as big as your hand from your wrist to the tip of your driving finger! (If you don’t know which one that is then you haven’t been in Austin or Central Florida traffic much!) Kit from Kit’s Coastal has hit it out of the park with this Coastal Cobb Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lemon Dressing. The next time my daughter comes over for lunch THIS will be in our bellies!
This can be an assemble-before-you-eat lunch – great if you stay at home but you can do it at work too! This recipe for Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado from Vicky at Tasteaholics only uses 5 ingredients and it’s a super-quick fix! It’s even quicker if you use the chicken (shredded or cut up) you prepared in advance. I love avocado so I will have trouble not eating the other half RIGHT NOW so I’ll double the chicken salad and share. Or maybe I’ll just eat the other half myself and give my co-workers the old side eye!
Low Carb BLT Wraps are super simple to make and nothing gets soggy! Here’s a great recipe from My Fitness Pal using lettuce leaves instead of tortilla wraps. My Fitness Pal is my tracker of choice so it’s a win-win! Remember that bacon I mentioned above? Here is a great place to use it.
Soup is a great keep-you-going meal and this Cream of Chicken Soup With Bacon and Mushrooms from Low Carb Yum is a sure winner! Perfect for a chilly fall or winter weekend with the leftovers going to work with you.
So there you have it! I hope easy Keto lunch ideas have given you a jumping off point for your own ideas!
I’d love to hear any ideas you have!
When your budget can handle it, here are a few cookbooks to make it more interesting: