5 Easy Keto Packed-Lunch Ideas
Staying Fueled While On-The-Go!
So you’ve had bulletproof coffee for breakfast but are struggling to keep your workday lunch low-carb. You’re not alone.
That was one of the toughest challenges for us in the beginning, too. You’re always so rushed in the morning that it’s hard to bring your own keto packed lunch. And if you cheat your lunch every day, your body won’t enter ketosis. Ever.
We’ve found that with the right planning and a few easy recipes, it’s actually pretty simple to stick to your diet. This guide contains tips for preparing your whole week and 5 simple recipes to fit any pallet. Once you become more comfortable, you can start creating your own keto packed lunch ideas.
How to Stay on Track at the Office
The easiest way to stick to your diet on workdays is to bring your own keto packed lunch. Normally, you are so pressed for time (it’s more like lunch rush rather than lunch break, right?) that finding a keto-friendly option close by and ordering the right food is next to impossible.
If your office has a microwave, you are in luck. If you can only eat cold lunches, that’s fine too. We’ve got you covered either way. Here are 4 tips for sticking to your diet:
5 Simple Keto Packed Lunch Ideas - Quick & Cheap Recipes!
Not all keto packed lunch ideas are created equal. Everyone has varying schedules, facilities, budgets, and tastes. We decided to focus in on the 5 simplest categories and recipes.
1. Salads - The Easiest Option
No microwave needed, infinite flexibility, plenty of nutrition—salads are our favorite keto lunch snack. They are easy to prepare, so you’ll save a lot of work at home. You can even prepare one massive batch and divy it up over 5 days. Make sure to load yours up with:
For dressing, mix some olive oil in with lemon or salt and pepper.
Pro Tip: Have leftovers from a big plate? Just mix them in with some lettuce and you’ve got a salad.
If a house salad isn’t enough, try this delicious recipe:
Bacon Cheeseburger Salad: Are there 3 better words than this in English? Cut up the bacon and burger meat and toss it in with lettuce, carrots, and avocado.
White bread is contraband, but you can still enjoy the ultimate portable food if you find the right substitute. Thankfully, there are plenty of options:
Since we are fans of saving time and money, we’re going to stick with the easiest one:
Lettuce-Wrapped Keto Burger
All you need is some lettuce, beef (preferably grass fed), bacon, and tomato. Grill a few burgers over the weekend, cut up your tomatoes, and peel off some big leaves of lettuce. Wrap the burger in the lettuce before work and you’re ready to go. Eat it hot or cold!
In general, any lean meat, bacon, or veggie filling is ideal for a lettuce wrap or sandwich.
3. Omelettes and Pies
We decided to group these two together since they both revolve around a ketoers’ best friend: eggs.
Get started by cracking two eggs and mixing them in a bowl. You are now the artist; the eggs, your canvas. Place the eggs in a heated pan with some bacon fat and add in any of the following:
Meat and egg pies are relatively easy to make and packed with nutrition. They’re great for a treat and can fill you up for lunch and dinner.
Easy Keto Taco Pie
For taco pies, all you need is ground beef, cheese, eggs, cream, and taco seasoning. Salt and pepper are optional but taste great.
Preparation is also relatively simple. Preheat the oven to 350, brown the meat in a skillet, mix 6 eggs with cream, garlic, salt & pepper, and combine them in a ceramic pan in the oven. Sprinkle some cheese on it and let it bake for 30 minutes.
Honestly, we loved eating it at room temperature, so no reason to heat it up.
4. Easy Dinners...for Lunch
There are plenty of dinner foods you can make for lunch. Actually, you can make them for dinner and eat them for lunch the next day too. Plan your dinners with tomorrow’s meal in mind (see other ideas here) and you’ll be set. Easy ideas include:
The one we usually do is:
Grilled Pesto Chicken Kebabs
Kebabs are easy and really flexible. Just use your imagination. Making delicious pesto kebabs is easy with a grill outside or skillet indoors. Besides chicken, all you need is garlic, basil leaves, parmigiano reggiano, olive oil, and tomatoes.
Mix the other ingredients in a pulser and slowly add olive oil. Marinate the chicken, then thread it onto skewers with tomatoes. Now all you have to do is grill em’ up.
5. Stir Fry
Stir frys are a simple dishes you can whip up quickly, place in a container, and bring to work. It should only take about 15 minutes. Add as many veggies as your heart desires.
Here’s an easy recipe to get you started:
Low carb pork stir fry with broccoli
Aside from pork, you’ll need broccoli (surprise!), fresh ginger, garlic, Tamari soy sauce, extra dry sherry, 1 tbsp of sesame oil, and 1 tbsp of cornstarch.
Ideally, you’ll have a wok. If not, a skillet works fine. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Mix the ginger and garlic together and add it to the meat. Then, mix the veggies into a separate bowl (if you add something other than broccoli). The last pre-cooking step is to mix the cornstarch, sesame oil, dry sherry, and soy sauce into a small cup.
Now, place the pan on high heat and add your oil. To cook, just:
Now you’re ready to serve.
These 5 easy keto packed lunch ideas should keep you full at work each day. Any lunch that’s easy to prepare, low-carb, and ready to go cold is a safe bet. Use these ideas and the ingredients to start creating your own lunch ideas, too. Have a good munching!