I know how repetitive lunches can get. No one wants to eat the same thing, day in and day out, but it can also be tough to come up with inspiration or new lunch options, especially when you’re standing in the middle of the grocery store.
And what does that lead to? More meals out and more acidic, unhealthy lunches.
Whether you’re packing lunches for the kids now that they are back in school, packing it for yourself to take to work, or preparing it for yourself at home, there’s no doubt about it, making lunch is better than buying.
Not only does it save you money, but making your own lunch also ensures you’re eating nutritious foods and maintaining your weight or even losing if that’s your goal.
Even the best purchased lunch options present you with plenty of acidic choices. And don’t even get me started on school lunches!
So today I’m going to give you 31 lunch ideas – that’s a whole month of lunches – that are 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.
Avocado toast – 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.
Green apple slices with raw almond butter – Bring the apple washed and ready to eat by coring and slicing the apple into even wedges and putting the slices back together with a rubber band around them to keep them fresh. Green apples have the least sugar, and by pairing it with some cinnamon and raw nut butter, it slows down how the sugar gets metabolized, preventing an insulin spike.
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 this for a vegetable stick dip!
Make your own trail mix – I like raw almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, unsweetened coconut flakes, cacao nibs, goji berries, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds. Make it in a big batch in advance so the prep work is done for you.
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.
Alkaline tomato, basil, and mozzarella – Substitute avocado for the mozzarella and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. This is your alkaline caprese!
Sesame Soy Chickpeas – Dehydrated chickpeas travel easily and add a salty crunch to any lunch. These are a great substitute for chips, and can last a while (though they taste so good, I doubt they will!)
Chia Bars are a good brand for a quick, ready to go option. Make sure they are marked vegan and be sure to pay close attention to sugar and carbohydrate levels as well. Go with the pumpkin bars as they have less acidic ingredients and no soy.
Adzuki Bean and Avocado Lettuce Cups – Probably the most made recipe in our household, so I think that says something. These travel well if you prep the lettuce cups and other ingredients in advance and carry a whole avocado to slice at work.
Zoodles, or spiralized zucchini noodles, with tomato sauce (check for sugar content and ingredients if you’re using store bought or better yet, make your own). Zoodles are a GREAT replacement for pasta, and can be quite versatile simply by changing the sauce you make!
Avocado with Hemp Seeds – Once you have the ingredients together, this recipe takes less than 5 minutes to assemble. A staple lunch and breakfast, and don’t be afraid to jazz this up with other spices such as cumin, black pepper, cilantro, etc.
Alkaline stuffed tomatoes or peppers – Stuff peppers or tomatoes with either quinoa or riced cauliflower and any combination of your favorite veggies and then roast them in the oven for a tasty and filling dinner with easy lunch leftovers.
Pre-cut veggies with Italian Hummus – everyone does hummus, so here is my Italian spin (well, actually it’s my mother’s!). I usually bring a combination of celery, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, fennel, or cherry tomatoes.
Your favorite alkaline curry recipe – We have 5 different alkaline curry recipes available on our website.
Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Tortilla with raw almond butter and cinnamon – Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 brand makes these and you can top them with all kinds of things. We do hummus and greens a lot too. The sprouting action removes most of the gluten, so this is our go-to bread, but in moderation (no more than 2 to 3 times a week – can use the sprouted tortillas as well).
Asian Sesame “Noodles” – Use either kelp noodles or zucchini noodles for this Asian inspired dish that’s meant to be served cold or at room temperature.