5 Easy Keto Packed-Lunch Ideas (Fuel Your Day Right!)

5 Easy Keto Packed-Lunch Ideas
Staying Fueled While On-The-Go!

preparing packed lunch for work

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 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 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 comfortable, you can start creating your 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.

packed lunch for work

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:

  • Heat Up Leftovers: Cook extra large portions for dinner and heat them up at work the next day in the breakroom. We provide some awesome dinner/lunch combo recipes below.
  • Be Prepared: Make sure to stock up on easy lunch foods. Create a big list and buy your food at the supermarket. Avocados, lunch meat, veggies, beef jerky, etc.
  • ​Plan Ahead: If you’ve got dinner plans, assume you’ll have leftovers. If not, plan a lunch for each day.
  • ​Use Weekends Wisely: Try do as much planning, shopping, and cooking on the weekends as possible. We actually found that we could prepare everything on Sunday alone. The most useful strategies for us have been:
bread, vegie and mayo
  • ​​​​​Cut up 5 portions of veggies, one for each day
  • ​Marinate meat for the week
  • ​Prepare sandwiches without bread (we’ll get to this)
  • ​Prepare at least 2 salads
  • ​Boil eggs for a quick ​bite (also good for breakfast)

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, tremendous 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 divvy it up over 5 days. Make sure to load yours up with:

  • ​Lettuce
  • ​Baby Spinach
  • ​Tomato
  • ​Cucumber
  • ​Olives
  • ​Meat (Bacon Bits!)
  • ​Avocado
bacon strip salad

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.

2. Sandwiches

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:

  • ​Lettuce (for wraps)
  • ​Cauliflower
  • ​Zucchini
  • ​Oopsie Bread (low-carb bread)
veggie lettuce wrap

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 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:

  • ​Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • ​A pinch of cheese
  • ​Bacon
  • ​Tomato
  • ​Chives
  • ​Mushrooms
special Omelettes for breakfast


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. 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:

  • ​Keto lasagna
  • ​Kebab
  • ​Fish and veggies
  • ​Lamb, beef, or chicken curries
keto lasagna for lunch

The one we usually do is:

Grilled Pesto Chicken Kebabs
Kebabs are easy and 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 pulse 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 fry is 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 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:

  • ​Add the pork and let it cook
  • ​Remove it onto a plate
  • ​Add the veggies and cover the pan with a lid
  • ​Cook for 1 minute
  • ​Add the pork back in and stir for 1 minute
  • ​Add the sauce and stir until it thickens
stir fried dish

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 lunch ideas, too.

Or alternatively, if you want to do something that is hassle-free and doesn't take up any of your time, you can always rely on meal delivery services. If you want to learn more about it, just click here

Have a good munching!