15 Delicious Recipes to Pack for Lunch

 I know how repetitive lunches can get. 

Whether we’re talking about what you take to the office or what your kids find in their lunchboxes, no one wants to eat the same thing, day in and day out.

But it can also be tough to come up with inspiration for new lunch options, especially when you’re standing in the middle of the grocery store. We get in a rut of eating the same things over and over, and we get bored.

 And what does that lead to? More meals out, which means more acidic, inflammatory, unhealthy lunches.

There’s no doubt about it, making lunch is better for you than buying – no matter whether you’re talking about the local lunch place, the school cafeteria, or (worst of all) fast food joints. 

Not only does bringing your own lunch save you money, but it also ensures you’re eating nutritious foods and maintaining your weight or even losing if that’s your goal. 

So today I’m going to give you 15 recipes that will spice up your lunches. They are also alkaline, nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory, and easy to prepare and pack. 

Let’s dive right in… 

Summer Salad with Citrus Dressing 

Salads make a great lunch, as long as you don’t dress the salad until you’re ready to eat. Invest in a small glass container to hold your dressing and you’ll be glad you did. 

Anti-inflammatory Thai Noodles

This recipe is so delicious. Whether you use kelp noodles or zoodles (zucchini noodles), you’ll love the dressing and veggies in this bowl. Plus, it’s ready in less than 15 minutes, and can be eaten cold, at room temperature, or warmed up.


Avocado Toast with Kale 

This one adds kale to the standard avocado toast, but you can dress it up any way you like. Add jalapeños, tomatoes, diced red pepper, or herbs and spices.

Alkaline “Club” Sandwich

These flavorful, mouthwatering sandwiches are as good for you as they are delicious. The sandwiches are served on flax crackers, or “flackers,” although you could substitute Ezekiel bread if you eat any gluten. Putting together the Flackers takes a little more effort than most of my recipes, but it will be worth it when you dive into this tasty dinner or lunch!

Celery Boats and Honeycrisp Apples with Coconut Butter & Cinnamon

Whether you’re 9 or 49, you’ll love these 2 kid-friendly recipes. They are alkaline versions of classic snacks and together, they make a yummy lunch that will keep you energized until dinnertime.

South of the Border Quinoa Salad 

Quinoa bowls are a great lunch option because you can bring a batch to the office at the beginning of the week, and top with fresh add-ons like avocado and tomato as you go through the week. This is one of my favorites.




Creamy Butternut Squash Soup 

This soup is perfect for the next few months, but I could eat it any time of year. Put it in a Thermos or Yeti container, and lunch will be ready for you!

Vegan Quinoa Fried “Rice”


This veggie fried rice is made without actual rice, or any egg, so it’s vegan, alkaline, and anti-inflammatory. It is also delicious and filling. And best of all, you can make the whole thing in about 20 minutes and portion it out for lunches. Or better yet, double the recipe, eat it for dinner, and pack leftovers for lunch.



Zucchini Sushi 

Being a sushi lover, this is one of my favorites! Make these in advance and eat them right out of the fridge or lunch box. Make extra filling, as you can use enjoy it for a vegetable stick dip that travels well! 


Ultimate Gazpacho

Chilled soups make the perfect lunch because they are ready right out of the fridge. This one combines everything you love in a gazpacho – tomato, cucumber, onion, red pepper, herbs, and a little citrus and seasoning. It’s highly alkaline and highly delicious. 



Artichoke Heart & Basil Chickpea Bowl

This recipe uses canned chickpeas, artichoke hearts (which you can buy canned in extra virgin olive oil), quinoa, fresh spinach, and basil leaves. You can bring the dressing separately and toss together when you’re ready to enjoy.


Summer Beet Salad

All of the ingredients in this summer salad stand up to a few hours in a lunch box unrefrigerated. The tasty combination includes beets, peach, pistachios, butter lettuce, and green beans topped with a basil lemon vinaigrette you’re going to love.



Alkaline Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella 

Substitute avocado for the mozzarella and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. This is your alkaline caprese! I suggest bringing the avocado whole and topping the slices of tomato and basil with them once you’re ready to eat, which should only take a minute or two.


Homemade Garlic Hummus With Veggies

Combine this with sliced fruit topped with chia seeds and you have a delicious lunch that completely satisfies. If you’ve never made hummus at home before, you’ll be surprised how much more delicious it is than store brands. And with no preservatives, it’s better for you too!


Kale Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette 

You’ll love the pomegranate seeds on this salad. They add a tart, sweet pop. I recommend you make extra of this lemon dressing and store it separate from the salad ingredients. Any extra can be used for other salads.


Up the alkaline factor of any lunch by adding a scoop of Acid-Kicking Greens to water or a smoothie. How else can you get 5 servings of raw super foods in less than 30 seconds? 

You’re not only getting a dose of the most powerful, alkaline food on the planet. You’re also helping to prevent colds and other illnesses, which we can all use as school is back in session and cold and flu season begins.

Did you know that the #1 ingredient in our greens is organic wheat grass? It’s actually over half wheat grass. 

We’ve combined that with cabbage, collard greens, parsley, romaine, dandelion, beets, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, and celery. So by taking your Acid-Kicking Greens first thing every morning, you’re getting a dose of the most powerful, alkaline food on the planet!



Dr. Daryl





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