Lunch can be a big challenge when you’re trying to lose weight and get healthy. I’ve had many folks on Weight Watchers ask me for easy lunch ideas .
For many of us Weight Watchers, it’s the meal most likely to be eaten away from home, at work, squeezed into an already overcrowded day.
With so many unhealthy quick and easy options – from tacos, pizza, burgers and super-sized subs and sandwiches – to all you can eat Chinese buffets – tempting us from every angle, it can be hard to stay on track. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to blow your whole day’s worth of calories or points on a double cheeseburger, fries and soda.
That’s where these healthy lunch ideas for weight loss come to the rescue.
A healthy balanced lunch should include lots of fiber to fill you up and lean healthy protein to keep you satisfied for hours. Think whole grains, beans, low fat cheese, fish, chicken, turkey and lean ham or beef with lots of vegetables and fruit.
To get you started here are some of my favorite healthy lunch ideas for weight loss to get your creative juices flowing…
23+ Healthy Lunch Ideas for Weight Loss
1) Chopped Salad (6 PointsPlus) – chopped mixed greens, chopped veggies of your choice and 6 chopped walnuts, tossed with 4 ounces of salmon, turkey or chicken breast with low fat balsamic olive oil dressing. Well constructed salads are one of the best healthy lunch ideas for weight loss.
More Yummy Chopped Salads
Weight Watchers Skinny Chopped Greek Salad (4 PointsPlus | 4 SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Chickpea & Feta Salad (4 Points | 2 SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad (7 PointsPlus | 6 SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Fruit and Grain Salad (6 PointsPlus | 6 SmartPoints)
2) Greek Turkey Feta Salad in a Jar – The last time I made a salad, I made an extra one for the mason jar and put it in the fridge so it would be ready and waiting when I needed a quick and easy lunch. The cool thing is that these salads-in-a-jar will stay fresh for several days.
3) Chicken Salad with Apples & Cranberries – is by far one of the most popular WW friendly recipes of all time here on Simple Nourished Living having been shared hundreds of thousands of times! It’s a winner on its own, stuffed into lettuces leaves or spread onto your favorite whole grain crackers or bread. If you’re a fan of chicken salad here are 9 More WW friendly recipes for chicken salad to tickle or tastebuds!
4) Hearty broth based vegetable soup (0 PointsPlus | 0 SmartPoints) – and a simple tossed salad. Add 3 or 4 whole grain crackers and an ounce of reduced fat cheese if you like.
More Yummy Light & Healthy Soups for Weight Loss
Weight Watchers Simply Filling Slow Cooker Bean & Cabbage Soup
(5 PointsPlus | 0 SmartPoints)
Quick & Easy Chicken White Bean Salsa Soup
(4 PointsPlus | 0 SmartPoints)
SlowCooker Chicken Vegetable Soup
(3 PointsPlus | 0 SmartPoints)
5) Veggie burger (5 Points +) – on a toasted whole wheat English muffin with mustard, salsa or a little tomato sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion. Add a side of baby carrots and celery sticks with a healthy low fat dip if you want. One of the quickest, easiest healthy lunch ideas for weight loss around. I love many of the frozen veggie burgers available in the supermarket. If you prefer, here’s a yummy black bean burger you can make yourself
6) Crunchy Tuna Salad (3 PointsPlus | 2 SmartPoints) – on whole grain bread (4 Points +) with lettuce and tomato with 1 cup chopped cucumber and tomato salad with a splash of balsamic vinaigrette.
7) Easy Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup (3 PointsPlus | 4 SmartPoints) with 3 or 4 whole grain crackers.
8) 1/2 Turkey Sandwich – on whole grain bread with lettuce and tomato, 2 ounces turkey and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard with a side salad and 1 tablespoon low fat dressing.
9) Large Spinach Salad (8 Points +) – with 2 ounces feta, goat or blue cheese, 3 ounces grilled chicken, 1/4 cup chickpeas, 1/4 cup sliced grapes and 1 tablespoon low fat dressing and 2 pieces of whole grain crispbread.
10) Easy Baked Bean Soup (5 PointsPlus | 4 SmartPoints) – with 3 whole grain crackers, 2 ounces of lean ham and baby carrots.
11) Baked Potato – microwave a medium (6 ounce) baked potato and top it with unlimited vegetables such as broccoli, chopped tomatoes, sauteed spinach and mushrooms or 1/2 cup pinto beans and 1/4 cup reduced fat cheese with a small tossed salad. Or one of my personal favorite healthy lunch ideas for weight loss I learned at WW decades ago – baked potato with cottage cheese and salsa.
12) Vegetarian Chili – with 1 serving baked tortilla chips and fruit. Another great make ahead meal that just needs reheating.
13) Easy Pita Pizza – top a small whole grain pita with 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, 1/4 cup grated mozzarella and grilled/raw vegetables of your choice. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese bubbles, 5 -10 minutes. Or get fancy with this Hawaiian english muffin pizza.
14) Easy Healthy Sausage, Spinach and Wild Rice Soup – a hearty satisfying meal in a bowl you can make over the weekend and enjoy for a quick and healthy lunch during the week.
15) Quick & Healthy Nachos – Spread 1-1/2 ounces whole grain tortilla chips on an oven/microwave safe plate and top with 1/2 cup beans and 1 ounce shredded low fat cheese. Bake at 300 for 10 to 12 minutes or microwave 30 seconds until the cheese melts. Top with 1/4 cup salsa and 2 tablespoons guacamole. Perfect when a craving for Mexican food strikes.
16) Tuna Pasta Salad (7 Points +) – combine 1 cup whole wheat pasta, 1/2 cup drained canned tuna and 3 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise stirred together with finely chopped green onion, red pepper and celery.
17) Rice and Beans (8 Points +) – stir 1 cup cooked brown rice, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/2 cup chopped avocado together with salsa and a sprinkling of reduced fat cheese. Or for a lower carb version check out this recipe for Cauliflower Rice and Beans that can be made ahead and then reheated for a quick and easy low point lunch.
18) Greek Salad (4 Points +) – combine 2 cups baby spinach leaves with 2 ounces feta cheese, 1/2 chopped tomato, 1/4 chopped cucumber, 1/4 chopped green pepper 3 black olives and 2 tablespoons low fat dressing.
17) Mozzarella Wrap (5 Points +) – Top 1 whole grain tortilla with 2 ounces shredded part skim mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup roasted sliced red peppers, chopped tomatoes and spinach. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon pesto and roll into a sandwich wrap.
18) Nut butter and jelly (9 Points +) – Spread 1-1/2 tablespoons your favorite nut butter and 2 teaspoons jam between 2 slices of whole grain bread. Add an apple and some baby carrots. Or get fancy with a peanut butter banana strawberry wrap!
19) Chicken Vegetable Quesadilla (5 Points +) – Spread a small whole grain tortilla with 1 ounce cooked chopped chicken, 1 ounce low fat shredded cheese, chopped tomato, chopped green onion and 2 tablespoons salsa. Top with another tortilla. Grill, bake or microwave until the cheese melts.
20) Open faced Easy Egg Salad sandwich (3 PointsPlus | 1 SmartPoint) – on 1 slice of whole grain bread with 1 cup chopped tomato, celery and cucumber salad and 1 ounce dark chocolate.
21) Jamie Oliver Vegetable Soup with Beans (4 PointsPlus | 3 SmartPoints) – and small mixed green salad with low fat dressing.
22) Ham and Cheese Sandwich – 2 ounces ham, 1 ounce cheese, 1 teaspoon mustard or mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato on whole grain bread with 1 cup raw sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes. Or try this fancied up Weight Watchers Prosciutto Pear Blue Cheese Sandwich (8 PointsPlus)
Cottage Cheese and Fruit – such as canned pineapple or peaches, fresh or frozen berries, bananas, etc. This was one of my college roommate’s go go lunches for years. I probably don’t need to tell you she never has had a weight problem!
If you’re still feeling hungry, add more non-starchy vegetables and fruit till until you’re satisfied.
More Healthy Lunch Ideas for Weight Loss from around the Web
Tuscan Tuna Salad – a simple salad from pantry staples that keeps well in the refrigerator found at Eating Well
Best Healthy Lunch Ideas – from Cooking Light
Smart Lunch Ideas with SmartPoints – from my WW friend Alisha at Meal Planning Mommies
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