Whole30 Day 23: Packed Lunch Ideas

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My friend Jackie (the founder/creator of Lunchbots) has a saying: “The healthiest lunch is the one you pack for yourself.” And she’s absolutely right: By making your own food, you can be sure of every single ingredient you stick in your lunchbox.

This is particularly important when you’re on a Whole30. There’s nothing worse than being three-plus weeks into your month of super-clean eats — only to discover that the plate of chicken and vegetables that you ate at the company cafeteria was marinated in sugar and dusted with flour. 

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After a lifetime of casually tossing PB&Js, Fritos, and Diet Cokes in your lunchbox, though, it can be challenging to figure out what to pack now that you’re paying closer attention to your midday eats.

Need some inspiration? Not too long ago, I put together a series of posts to spark ideas for kids’ school lunches — but who says you can’t pack similar lunchboxes for yourself?

If you have prosciutto-wrapped frittata muffins handy, pack ‘em!

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Made some Paleo Mayonnaise lately? Whip up a quick chicken salad for lunch!

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If you’ve got some Whole30-friendly high-quality, sugar-free sausage (available from U.S. Wellness Meats, or just make your own), grab some zucchini and a julienne peeler — you can have zoodles and meatballs for lunch!

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Looking for a simple, no-cook solution? Just wrap some crudités in slices of roast beef, and pack it with some fruit!

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Who said healthy lunches are hard to make? The possibilities are endless. 

Okay, gang: what do you look forward to eating when the lunch bell rings?


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013)!